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The International Framework For Nuclear Energy Cooperation
IFNEC Conferences and Workshops

The International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation provides a forum for cooperation among participating states to explore mutually beneficial approaches to ensure the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes proceeds in a manner that is efficient and meets the highest standards of safety, security and non-proliferation. Participating states would not give up any rights and voluntarily engage to share the effort and gain the benefits of economical, peaceful nuclear energy.

Activities held in 2019

IFNEC week – Beijing – China (June 2019):

Mr Shi Lishan, SG Vice-Chair for China, and the China National Energy Administration hosted the working group and Steering Group meetings at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing on 24-25 June 2019.

The IDWG meeting addressed the topic of export controls as an enabler of nuclear cooperation, and gathered experts from the US, China, Russia, UAE and Kenya as well as from the IAEA, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and Pillsbury. The NSCCEG meeting discussed best practices in developing safety culture, with presentations from the Chinese and French regulators, as well as from Rosatom with a focus on the Roopur project in Bangladesh. During the Steering Group meeting, governance aspects and future activities were discussed.

On 26 June the Chinese National Energy Administration held a forum on nuclear energy development and public communication where the IFNEC Steering Group Chair, Julián Gadano, was invited to provide opening remarks. During the afternoon, the IFNEC members were invited on a technical visit to the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE).

 

To view the materials of the SG meeting, click here (available for IFNEC members only).

Click here to view the materials of the IDWG meeting (Password-protected resource library, for IFNEC members).

IFNEC members can see the NSCCEG materials clicking here.

 

RNFSWG at the IAEA International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors – Vienna – Austria (June 2019)

The Reliable Nuclear Fuel Services Working Group was invited to present a paper on the concept of multinational repositories at the Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel 2019. 

Co Chair Tomaž Žagar made a presentation on the paper entitled "Development of the Multinational Repository Concept: Exploring alternative approaches to financing a multinational repository" at the International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors: Learning from the Past, Enabling the Future which took place at the IAEA Headquarters, in Vienna on 24–28 June 2019. 

The paper will be published in the IAEA conference proceedings. To see more details on the Conference please click here, to view the agenda click here

 

IDWG workshop on "Nuclear Energy Beyond Electricity" – Warsaw – Poland (September 2019):

The Infrastructure Development Working Group co-Chairs, Alex Burkart and Zbigniew Kubacki chaired a workshop on "nuclear energy beyond electricity generation" which was held at the Ministry of Energy of Poland, in Warsaw.

Click here to view the materials of the workshop

 

IFNEC Week – Washington DC – USA (November 2019):

12 November:

RNFSWG Working Group meeting. To view the related materials, please access the password protected resource library. (available for IFNEC members). 

Steering Group meeting. To view the related materials, please access the password protected website.

 

13 NovemberExecutive Committee meeting. Download the Joint Statement, access other meeting materials (IFNEC members only)

 

13-14 NovemberIFNEC Global Ministerial Conference "Bringing the World SMRs and Advanced Nuclear". 

Click here to view the presentations and conference material. 

 

Our Mission:

The International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation provides a forum for cooperation among participating states to explore mutually beneficial approaches to ensure the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes proceeds in a manner that is efficient and meets the highest standards of safety, security and non-proliferation. Participating states would not give up any rights and voluntarily engage to share the effort and gain the benefits of economical, peaceful nuclear energy.

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IFNEC Meetings - 2020
Posted on Feb 6, 2020
IFNEC Meetings in Beijing
Posted on Jul 11, 2019

Mr Shi Lishan, SG Vice-Chair for China, and the China National Energy Administration hosted the working group and Steering Group meetings at the China National Convention Centre in Beijing on 24-25 June 2019.

SG Beijing 2019

 

The IDWG meeting addressed the topic of export controls as an enabler of nuclear cooperation, and gathered experts from the US, China, Russia, UAE and Kenya as well as from the IAEA, the Nuclear Suppliers Group and Pillsbury. The NSCCEG meeting discussed best practices in developing safety culture, with presentations from the Chinese and French regulators, as well as from Rosatom with a focus on the Roopur project in Bangladesh. During the Steering Group meeting, governance aspects and future activities were discussed.

On 26 June the Chinese National Energy Administration held a forum on nuclear energy development and public communication where the IFNEC Steering Group Chair, Julián Gadano, was invited to provide opening remarks. During the afternoon, the IFNEC members were invited on a technical visit to the China Institute of Atomic Energy (CIAE).

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IFNEC RNFSWG presentation at the IAEA
Posted on Jul 9, 2019

The Reliable Nuclear Fuel Services Working Group was invited to present a paper on the concept of multinational repositories at the Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel 2019. 

Co Chair Tomaž Žagar made a presentation on the paper entitled "Development of the Multinational Repository Concept: Exploring alternative approaches to financing a multinational repository" at the International Conference on the Management of Spent Fuel from Nuclear Power Reactors: Learning from the Past, Enabling the Future which took place at the IAEA Headquarters, in Vienna on 24–28 June 2019. 

The paper will be published in the IAEA conference proceedings. To see more details on the Conference please click here, to view the agenda click here

2018 IFNEC Week
Posted on Nov 19, 2018

IFNEC members met in Tokyo on 12-15 November 2018, for a series of meetings that brought together experts from 22 member countries, and four international observer organisations (OECD/NEA, IAEA, Euratom and the Generation IV International Forum). On 12 November, a joint meeting of the Infrastructure Development Working Group and the Nuclear Supplier and Customer Countries Engagement Group, focused on nuclear safety, safety culture and the importance of training, and included speakers from NEA, IAEA, WANO, as well as from China, France, Japan, Kenya and Russia. The most attended meeting was a conference jointly sponsored by IFNEC and the Nuclear Innovation Clean Energy Future (NICE Future) initiative, entitled “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Nuclear Energy in an Energy Transitions Context”.

This conference, which took place on 13-14 November, attracted more than 130 experts from IFNEC member countries as well as industry and Non-Governmental Organisations, and covered topics such as the role of nuclear energy in low carbon scenarios, electricity markets, financing, non-electric applications of nuclear energy, innovation, and communication and stakeholder involvement. The Steering Group, which oversees the work of IFNEC and its working groups and is led by Julian Gadano of Argentina, held a short meeting on 14 November afternoon, to discuss the revised version of IFNEC’s Governance document, including the nomination of new candidates for the Vice-Chair positions, and to agree on the work to be carried out in 2019. The Executive Committee, the ministerial-level meeting of IFNEC representatives, chaired by Japan, took place on 15 November, and was opened by Minister Takuya opened the meeting. After a keynote lecture from Dr. Yoshiaki Oka, Chairman of the Japanese Atomic Energy Commission, the Executive Committee approved the updated version of the IFNEC governance and the nomination of new Steering Group Vice-Chairs from Kenya, Mr Collins Juma, the Russian Federation, Mr Vladimir Artiskyuk and the United States, Ms. Suzanne Jaworowski. Mr Fumizaku Sato was also confirmed as a new Vice-Chair representing Japan. The Executive Committee also approved the budget of the Technical Secretariat, operated by the NEA, and issued a Joint Statement available here.