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RP helps promote peaceful uses of nuclear technology

IAEA extends assistance to the Philippines, at CESE’s Nuclear Power Forum

MANILA (December 10, 2010) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) of the United Nations (UN) is set to aid the country in pursuing nuclear technology to boost the energy and health sectors.

At the Nuclear Power Forum today, organised by the Center for Energy Sustainability and Economics, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano discussed the Philippines’ role in the IAEA, particularly in the promotion of peaceful uses of nuclear technology. The Philippines chaired the Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons earlier in 2010—a very important role at the global level.

HE Amano said, “The IAEA´s primary objective is to bring the benefits of nuclear science and technology to all humankind, while minimizing their risks. We help our Member States to meet their energy needs, use nuclear techniques in many areas for peaceful purposes and work for nuclear non-proliferation.”

He iterated that nuclear power is enjoying growing acceptance in many countries as a stable and clean source of energy that can help to mitigate the impact of climate change. More than 60 countries are considering introducing nuclear energy. The IAEA´s projections are that between 10 and 25 new countries are likely to bring their first reactors on line by 2030. Many of the countries which already have nuclear power are planning or building new reactors or extending the operational life of existing reactors.

Director General Amano highlighted the benefits of the technology and believes that developing countries should benefit from this technology, as the world sees its growing attractiveness, which are: its very low greenhouse gas emissions; surging global energy demand; its strong and lengthening performance and safety record, which now totals more than 14 000 reactor-years; and concerns about energy security.

The next day, Director General Amano also visited the nuclear power plant in Bataan, toured by the head of the nuclear power steering committee, Mauro Marcelo and met with the high-level delegates at the CESE Forum and regulatory officials, including Former Congressman Mark Cojuangco, Science and Technology Dept Secretary Mario Montejo and PNRI Director Alumanda Dela Rosa. At the CESE Forum, Director General Amano met the National Power Corporation President Froilan Tampinco, as well as other policy makers and experts.

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