UAE, international experts discuss nuclear non-proliferation


National and international experts recently convened for a three-day workshop in Abu Dhabi to address the global challenges of nuclear non-proliferation.

The event was co-hosted by the UAE’s Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and the United States Department of Energy’s International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Programme (INSEP).

Participants from the UAE, Bangladesh, Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia and Turkey shared insights on enhancing their respective State systems of accounting for, and control of nuclear material, highlighting good practices in nuclear safeguards and import-export controls, as well as discussing cooperation and opportunities to further strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation system.

"The workshop represents a platform that gathers international experts to discuss the current and future opportunities in regards to nuclear non-proliferation as well as share knowledge to hammer out recommendations aimed at strengthening existing measures," said Raoul Awad, Deputy Director-General for Operations at FANR.

The UAE is considered a role model for nuclear newcomer countries, having built four reactors simultaneously at the Barakah Nuclear Power Plant – becoming the first Arab country to operate a nuclear power facility.

The UAE Energy Programme is built around the six commitments as stated in its adopted nuclear policy, including operational transparency, highest standards of non-proliferation, highest standards of safety and security and sustainability.

Due to the robust regulatory infrastructure and commitment to international agreements, the IAEA stated that the UAE achieved a “Broader Conclusion" as part of IAEA's Safeguards Implementation Reports in both 2022 and 2023.

Since its establishment in 2009, FANR has set up a robust legal and regulatory framework for nuclear safeguards and import-export control of nuclear material and regulated Items.

This includes comprehensive regulations, rigorous inspections and stringent licensing to ensure nuclear material is accounted for and controlled and illicit trade is prevented within the UAE.

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