Workshop on Nuclear Safety: Current Status and Future Challenge

On 4 July 2016, the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna and the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) co-hosted a workshop assessing the current status and future challenges to nuclear safety. The aims of the workshop were to provide a forum for participants to share findings and experiences and to discuss possible next steps for addressing remaining challenges.
With 2016 marking the 30th anniversary of the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant accident and the 5th anniversary of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, this timely workshop sought to highlight lessons learned for strengthening nuclear safety and assess the significant achievements made thus far. These achievements include: the completion of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety; the release of the IAEA report on the Fukushima Daiichi accident; the adoption of the Vienna Declaration on Nuclear Safety; and the entry into force of the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC).
H.E. Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano’s keynote address to the workshop highlighted the need to reaffirm the importance of nuclear safety and renew our commitment to improving nuclear safety as a matter of national and international concern. Ambassador Kitano’s keynote is available here.
Over the course of four sessions, distinguished speakers provided: an historical overview of nuclear safety; an assessment of current and future efforts for strengthening nuclear installation safety; an overview of efforts for strengthening radiation, waste and transport safety; and an assessment of cross-cutting issues such as emergency preparedness and response, capacity building and public communication.

Report on Workshop