VIENNA -- A UAE delegation, including various national partners in the nuclear sector, is participating in the three-day international conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, Technical Cooperation, TC, Programme, titled, "Sixty Years and Beyond - Contributing to Development", which started yesterday at the headquarters of the IAEA in Austria.

The delegation is headed by Hamad Al Kaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE in the IAEA, who highlighted the areas of cooperation between the UAE and the agency on the nation's nuclear programme, especially the IAEA TC Programme, which contributed in supporting and developing several sectors in the UAE with the use of nuclear science and technology.

The UAE delegation included representatives of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation, ENEC, as well as other organisations.

Since joining the IAEA in 1976, the UAE has cooperated with the agency on national development projects, with their cooperation covering various areas such as training, capacity building, developing nuclear energy infrastructure and applying nuclear technology in health, agriculture, the environment and other areas.

The cooperation between the UAE and IAEA is based on the UAE Vision 2021, which aims to make the UAE one the most advanced countries in the world by supporting a competitive knowledge-based economy and providing an advanced education system and healthcare system, according to international standards.

Al Kaabi will participate in the conference's session on the seventh sustainable development goal for clean and affordable energy, to present the UAE's successful experience in building its national capacities to manage nuclear power plants.

The conference, which is being held for the first time, aims to highlight the achievements of the IAEA TC Programme in supporting member countries during previous decades, to fulfil their needs through the peaceful use of nuclear technology and by promoting partnerships between member countries and discussing creative ways to promote the sustainability of its technical programme.

A youth discussion panel will be held on the sidelines of the conference between the Emirates Youth Council and the IAEA, with the participation of many young individuals from the authority and their peers from national partners and other countries, to discuss the challenges facing youth in the nuclear sector.

Source: Emirates News Agency