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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 25 September 2018

Abu Dhabi to welcome world's leading nuclear powers this week

The conference convenes every four years and will discuss trends, challenges and opportunities in developing peaceful nuclear energy

Global nuclear energy experts and leaders are gathering in Abu Dhabi on Monday for the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century.

Organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Nuclear Energy Agency (OECD/NEA), and hosted by the UAE Ministry of Energy and Industry, the conference convenes every four years and will discuss trends, challenges and opportunities in developing peaceful nuclear energy.

“We are proud to welcome the world’s high level delegates and experts in nuclear energy to the UAE capital,” said ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA and president of the conference. “This will be an excellent opportunity for the global nuclear sector to emphasise the contribution of nuclear power and analyse new developments and trends related to nuclear energy. We will discuss innovation in nuclear technology and the necessity to adapt diverse energy portfolio where nuclear energy plays an important role. The conference will also address the importance of international co-operation that is required to develop capacity for sustainable management of nuclear power in a growing number of countries. We also look forward to highlighting the strong UAE-IAEA successful partnership.”

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The event will highlight the role of the nuclear energy sector in meeting global energy demands, contributing to sustainable development goals and mitigating climate change. Thirty countries currently operate nuclear energy plants, and another 30 are considering or preparing to introduce peaceful nuclear energy into their energy mix. The UAE is constructing four reactors at Barakah.

Ministerial-level participants will deliver national statements related to nuclear energy, analysing their countries’ energy strategies and vision for the future role of the industry.

The conference will focus on the challenges in developing nuclear power infrastructure, including financing and public acceptance for nuclear energy programmes. It will also highlight current interest in nuclear energy, especially in newcomer and expanding countries, with an emphasis on the IAEA’s Milestones approach, and the fact that embarking on or reviving a viable peaceful nuclear programme requires a sound infrastructure with a large variety of competencies.

For more information, visit the IAEA website.

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