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Media Advisory 2012/01

Press Briefing on Nuclear Infrastructure Development

25 January 2012 | The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is hosting an annual workshop for nations considering and planning nuclear power programs. The workshop, meeting on 24-27 January in the Vienna International Centre, is intended to create an opportunity for exchanging information on managing the development of a sustainable national infrastructure for nuclear power plants.

The workshop sessions are closed to the media, but the IAEA will offer a press briefing on the final day, 27 January, at 14:30 in Room MOE75 of the VIC.

Speakers will include the meeting's two co-chairs, William Rasin of the USA and Ramon Mendez of Uruguay. In addition, Shawkat Akbar, from the Bangladesh Atomic Energy Commission, and UAE Ambassador Hamad Al Kaabi, will also be available.

Background

Embarking upon a nuclear power programme is a major undertaking for any nation, and the IAEA advises nations to follow a comprehensive Milestones approach, integrating all aspects of their government, industry and educational institutions.

The IAEA supports nuclear newcomers by providing standards, guidance, reviews and assessments, missions, and specific assistance, all at the request of the newcomer nation.

Accreditation

Journalists with permanent credentials to the VIC need no additional credentials. We encourage those journalists who do not yet have permanent accreditation, to request it at UNIS Vienna.

All others must seek accreditation by contacting the IAEA Press Office; tel: [43-1] 2600-21279 or [43-1] 2600-21273).