The 56th regular session of the IAEA General Conference commenced its work on September 17, 2012 in Vienna with almost 150 Member States delegations participating in a week long session.
The participants the General Conference will discuss the wide range of issues concerning the development and peaceful use of nuclear technologies, in particular the broadening and deepening of the Agency’s programmes for nuclear and radiation safety, safety of nuclear waste management, nuclear security, nuclear applications, technical cooperation, strengthening the effectiveness of the IAEA safeguard system. The current session is marked by particular attention of delegations to issues of nuclear safety after the Fukushima Daichi NPP accident. As a part of the Conference a scientific forum on global food security and the role of the IAEA nuclear applications in it will be held.
The Delegation of Ukraine to the IAEA General Conference, consisting of officials from the Administration of the President of Ukraine, Ministry of Fuel and Coal Industry, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, State Agency for Exclusion Zone Management and specialists of the SE NNEGC “Energoatom”, is headed by the Chairperson of the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspectorate of Ukraine Ms. Olena Mykolaichuk.
In the plenary statement on September 18 Ms. Olena Mykolaichuk informed the General Conference about Ukraine’s achievements in assuring the highest nuclear, radiation, transport and waste safety standards at the Ukrainian NPPs, comprehensive evaluation of safety and security of all national power reactors and measures taken to implement the IAEA Action Plan on nuclear safety. The participants of the session were also informed about the beginning of construction, with the financial assistance of the international community, of a new safe confinement over the Shelter Object at the Chornobyl NPP and the decision by the Parliament of Ukraine to commence construction of new nuclear units at the Khmelnitsky NPP site.
On the margins the IAEA General Conference the Delegation of Ukraine will have several working meetings with the representatives of regulatory authorities and national nuclear energy commissions of the IAEA Member States as well as some topical meetings with the IAEA senior departmental officials on safeguards, technical cooperation and nuclear security issues.