The IAEA’s presence at the UN climate change conference COP27, the ongoing situation in Ukraine, and verification and monitoring in Iran were the focus of Director-General Rafael Mariano Grossi’s address to the IAEA Board of Governors today.
Mr Grossi told the Council that at the ongoing COP27, the IAEA will showcase the contribution of nuclear science and technology to climate change mitigation and adaptation in the Atoms4Climate pavilion, the first-ever nuclear pavilion led by the IAEA. rice field. Hosting a pavilion alongside a vast array of NGOs, the private sector and think tanks from around the world urged “every time an issue of global concern directly related to our mission arises, this institution of ours exists.” to do”. He said.
Grossy highlighted how nuclear energy is on the table in terms of climate change mitigation. “The current situation has brought even more attention and the current energy crisis has caused us all to suffer around the world,” he said. In total, about 30 countries have introduced or are considering nuclear power in their energy mix. At the COP, Mr. Grossi launched his IAEA Atoms4NetZero initiative to work with countries to help model and measure the contribution of nuclear power to the nethi zero energy transition.
On adapting to the impacts of climate change, Grossi said: At COP27 he stressed that nuclear technology and science can and will do more, and that the IAEA is already committed to facilitating this, particularly through its Technical Cooperation (TC) programme. play an important role. The Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee met earlier this week and recommended to the Board approval of the agency’s proposed TC program for 2023. Among these, the top three priority TC areas are Food & Agriculture, Health & Nutrition, and Safety.