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French Side-event "Emergency Preparedness and Response to Nuclear and Radiological Accidents" (May 12th, 2015)

Evénement parallèle organisé par la France : « Préparation et réponse d'urgence aux accidents nucléaires et radiologiques » (12 mai 2015)Evénement parallèle organisé par la France : « Préparation et réponse d'urgence aux accidents nucléaires et radiologiques » (12 mai 2015)

The accident at Fukushima Daiichi power plant, which was the dramatic result of an unprecedented natural disaster, recalled that to continue to play its role in the future energy mix, nuclear energy must grow within the framework of higher safety standards. It also demonstrated the importance of international cooperation and coordination in this area. France fully supports the IAEA action plan on nuclear safety, which was adopted in 2011. In particular, France is committed to the strengthening of emergency preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological accidents.

Improving safety also means preparing for the eventuality of an accident. When facing a disaster affecting several territories, external assistance may be necessary, whether bilaterally, regionally or multilaterally. France thus calls for better coordination of the actions to be taken in the event of an accident, by inviting all Member States to cooperate more actively with the IAEA, to join RANET (nuclear global assistance network) and to register their national assistance capabilities.

On May 12th 2015, in the framework of the 9th Review Conference of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, France organized a side-event on "Emergency Preparedness and Response to Nuclear and Radiological Accidents".

Evénement parallèle organisé par la France : « Préparation et réponse d'urgence aux accidents nucléaires et radiologiques » (12 mai 2015)Evénement parallèle organisé par la France : « Préparation et réponse d'urgence aux accidents nucléaires et radiologiques » (12 mai 2015)
Ambassador Ms Marion Paradas, Permanent Representative of France to the International Organizations in Vienna, moderated the panel of speakers composed of Ambassador Mr Hamad Al Kaabi, Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates in Vienna, Mr Geoffrey Shaw, representative of the General Director of the IAEA, Mr Olivier Isnard from the IRSN ( Institute for Radiological Protection and Nuclear Safety) and Ms Priscille Mesme from EDF. Following the presentations, the audience had the opportunity to interact with the speakers.

See the presentations :

Read the working paper submited by France to the 2015 NPT Review Conference : "Preparedness and response to nuclear and radiological emergencies" (PDF 39.9 kB).

See our page Priority for nuclear safety.

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