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Media Advisory 2013/10

Future of Nuclear Power in Focus at IAEA Ministerial Conference in Saint Petersburg

25 April 2013 | Government ministers and international experts will discuss the future of nuclear energy at an IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, to be held 27 - 29 June 2013 in Saint Petersburg, Russian Federation.

The Conference aims to provide a forum for policy-makers and experts to discuss and take stock of the role and viability of nuclear power in sustainable development, including climate change mitigation, and in meeting the growing global requirements for electricity. The status and prospects of nuclear power for the future, including the importance of nuclear safety and security as necessary prerequisites for nuclear power, will also be in focus, as will different technical aspects involved in the development of nuclear power.

The IAEA's projections for the future of nuclear power show continued growth globally, albeit at a slower pace than predicted before the March 2011 accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station.

The meeting, organized by the IAEA in cooperation with the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency and hosted by the Government of the Russian Federation, will feature a plenary session where national statements will be delivered and panel sessions on the following topics:

  • Energy and the Environment;
  • Nuclear Safety and Reliability Through International Cooperation;
  • Infrastructure, Technology and Institutional Developments - The Way Forward; and
  • Drivers for Deployment of Sustainable and Innovative Technology.

Speakers at the opening session include IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, Rosatom Director General and Conference President, Sergey Kirienko, and OECD Secretary General, Angel Gurria.

Previous IAEA Ministerial Conferences on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century were held 2005 in Paris and 2009 in Beijing.

More information about the conference is available here.

Journalists wishing to cover the conference must follow procedures for media accreditation specified by ROSATOM and are reminded of the need to leave time to obtain a visa if required. The deadline for accreditation is 1 June 2013.

Media Accreditation:

Please contact the Communications Department, ROSATOM, Marina Nikolaeva, Tel. [+7] 499 949-44-12.