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At the 28th Conference of the Parties to the original 1992 United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP28), 22 countries signed a declaration supporting tripling nuclear energy capacity by 2050. The document was signed by the heads of state, or senior officials, from Bulgaria, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, France, Ghana, Hungary, Japan, South Korea, Moldova, Mongolia, Morocco, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates, the UK and the USA. China and Russia did not sign, although they have the world’s fastest growing and most ambitious nuclear power programmes.

Date: Wednesday, 06 December 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newscop28-22-countries-target-tripling-global-nuclear-energy-capacity-by-2050-11347824

The Roadmaps to New Nuclear conference, organised by the French Ministry for Energy Transition and the OECD’s Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) in Paris, resulted in two communiques signed by energy ministers and industry representatives emphasising the need for nuclear energy.

Date: Tuesday, 03 October 2023
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsfrance-and-nea-host-conference-to-promote-nuclear-energy-11186484

Representatives of the nuclear industry in OECD nations, and representatives of the governments of 20 countries, have issued communiqués committing to work together to expand nuclear energy capacity, after the inaugural Roadmaps to New Nuclear conference organised by the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) and the French government.

Date: Saturday, 30 September 2023
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Nuclear-groups-and-ministers-pledge-to-back-new-nu

Safety group concerned about ‘factors that may challenge high standards of operation’ Rafael Grossi said he hopes to make progress on the urgent issue of ensuring the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities. Courtesy IAEA. The World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) said it supports the immediate establishment of a nuclear safety framework at all nuclear facilities in Ukraine that ensures the seven pillars of nuclear safety and security are achieved and maintained.

The safety group’s announcement came as Rafael Grossi, director-general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, the UN’s nuclear watchdog, flew on Thursday to the Turkish city of Antalya where met the foreign ministers of Russia and Ukraine. Mr Grossi was scheduled to hold a press conference on his return to Vienna on Thursday evening.

“In meetings there, I hope to make progress on the urgent issue of ensuring the safety and security of Ukraine’s nuclear facilities. We need to act now,” Mr Grossi said in a statement. 

WANO said in a statement there can be no interference of any kind with Ukrainian member operators’ ability to safely perform their work.

The group’s performance objectives and criteria and safety principles provide high standards to guide nuclear plant operators worldwide on safe nuclear facility operation. “WANO is concerned about factors in the current situation that may challenge these high standards of operation,” it said.

Date: Friday, 11 March 2022
Original article: nucnet.org/news/as-iaea-chief-heads-for-talks-wano-says-it-supports-immediate-establishment-of-nuclear-safety-framework-3-4-2022

The United Nations Economic Commission for Europe is developinga new report, The Role of Nuclear Energy in Sustainable Development: Entry Pathways. It was developed under the guidance of UNECE’s Nuclear Fuel Working Group with support from World Nuclear Association (WNA), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency.

Date: Monday, 28 September 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsnew-un-report-looks-at-nuclear-energy-and-sustainable-development-8152664