The CNSC participates in 58th General Conference of the IAEA

September 22, 2014

From September 22 to 26, 2014, the CNSC will take part in the 58th General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria.

The IAEA's membership consists of 162 states from around the globe, including all major nuclear powers.

As the highest policymaking body in the IAEA, the General Conference addresses important issues pertaining to the peaceful use of nuclear energy and substances by all states, including nuclear safety, security and safeguards, as well as the IAEA's budget and mandate.

During the Conference, the CNSC provides technical and policy support to the Canadian delegation led by Mark Bailey, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the International Organizations in Vienna (IAEA, CTBTO, UNODC/UNOV).

In the margins of the event, CNSC President Binder and staff will also attend bilateral meetings with representatives from a number of national nuclear regulators in order to share information and best practices, with a view to further enhancing nuclear safety and security in Canada and abroad. President Binder will sign memoranda of understanding (MOUs) to cooperate and exchange nuclear regulatory information with three foreign nuclear regulatory agencies.

Scientific Forum

Concurrent to the General Conference, the IAEA is hosting a Scientific Forum entitled: "Radioactive Waste: Meeting the Challenge — Science and Technology for Safe and Sustainable Solutions".

During the Scientific Forum, the CNSC's Raoul Awad, Director General, Security and Safeguards, will present on security and safeguards in radioactive waste management.