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PIR Center at the IAEA Ministerial Conference in St Petersburg


SAINT-PETERSBURG, JULY 12, 2013. PIR PRESS – “I believe we can look ahead with confidence and optimism to the future of nuclear power in the 21st century. Nuclear power will make a significant and growing contribution to sustainable development in the coming decades. The IAEA is committed to ensuring that the expansion of nuclear power takes place in a way which results in maximum safety, reliability and efficiency, and guards against the proliferation of nuclear weapons. We will remain a reliable partner for all of our Member States,"- IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano.

On June 27-29, 2013 the International Ministerial Conference “Nuclear Power in the 21st Century” was held in St Petersburg. The conference was attended by delegations from 89 countries, as part of with 38 ministers representing their governments, 7 international organizations, and 6 observers including PIR Center. Vladimir Putin made a welcoming address to the conference participants. IAEA Derector General Yukiya Amano, Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of Rosatom Sergey Kiriyenko, Chairman of French Nuclear Power and Alternative Energy Sources Commissariat Bernard Bigot, Energy and Natural Resources Minister of Turkey Taner Yildiz, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission Franklin Erepamo Osaisai, Executive Secretary of the Brazilian Forum on Climate Change, Luiz Pinguelli, Deputy Energy Secretary Daniel B. Poneman, Chairman of Atomic Energy Commission of India Ratan Kumar Sinha, Deputy Director General of China’s National Nuclear Security Administration Jun Yu and others speakers addressed the participants. Cultural activities for the participants of the conference took place at the Mariinsky Theatre, where participants met its artistic director Valery Gergiev, and at the Catherine Palace in Tsarskoye Selo, where the dinner in honor of the participants was given by the Governor of St. Petersburg Georgy Poltavchenko

In the Concluding Statement of the Conference, participants reaffirmed their commitment to the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, stressing the need for maintaining its high level. In addition, the Statement noted that “global nuclear safety framework should be undertaken and completed by comprehensive safety reassessments of the IAEA Member States and through the introduction of the additional measures to strengthen plant safety, improve regulatory oversight and enhance emergency preparedness and international collaboration.” The Concluding Statement also said that the participants of the conference agreed on that “it is the responsibility of each State to establish the appropriate and adequate legal and regulatory framework and implement specific measures to fulfill the obligations pertaining to nuclear safety, nuclear security and safeguards.”

PIR Center President Vladimir Orlov took part in the plenary and breakout sessions. During the conference, he met and had brief conversations with Yukiya Amano, Sergey Kiriyenko, TENEX Director General Lyudmila Zalimskaya, ARMZ Director General Vladimir Verkhovtsev, Deputy Directors General of Rosatom Nikolai Spassky and Kirill Komarov, Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of the Nigeria Atomic Energy Commission Franklin Erepamo Osaisai, Director General of the Agency for Atomic Energy of Vietnam Dr. Hoang Anh-tuan, delegates from Algeria, Argentina, Germany, Indonesia, Iran, Qatar, China, Monaco, USA, Turkey, Japan, etc. "St. Petersburg held the most strong and the most representative brainstorm for the last four years on the prospects of nuclear power in the world in the coming decades," - said Vladimir Orlov regarding the results of the Conference.

In the framework of the project "Russia’s Role in the Process of Establishing the WMDFZ and Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy in the Middle East Project," PIR Center examines the current state and prospects for development of nuclear power in the Middle East. The PIR Center website proposes the selected intergovernmental agreements (in Russian) between Russia and the countries of the region in the field of nuclear energy, presents an interactive map showing the Russian international activities in this area, in particular the cooperation with the countries of the Middle East. In the No. 2 (105), Summer 2013 issue of Security Index journal published an article by Andrey BaklitskiyNuclear Energy in the Middle East: the interests and place of Russia” (in Russian). The development of nuclear energy of the Republic of Iran is separately covered by the PIR Center project “Iranian Nuclear Program: Russia’s Interests."

For more information on PIR Center projects please contact us by phone +7 (495) 987-19-15, fax +7 (495) 987-19-14.