IFNEC
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.

 

UPCOMING ACTIVITIES: 

Warsaw – Poland (September 2019):

24 September: IDWG workshop on "Nuclear energy beyond electricity"

25 September: Technical visit to the MARIA research reactor.

Nairobi  Kenya (October 2019):

On 15-16 October, IFNEC will participate in the Africa Nuclear Business Platform conference and host a dedicated session on the importance of international collaboration in the region.   

Washington DC – USA (November 2019):

12 November (Tuesday): RNFSWG Working Group meeting & abbreviated Steering Group meeting.

13 November (Wednesday): Executive Committee meeting.

14-15 November (Thursday-Friday): IFNEC Global Ministerial Conference "Bringing the World SMRs and Advanced Nuclear Technology". 

 

Meetings held in 2018:

On 11 December, 2018, the RNFSWG held a workshop on “Approaches for Financing a Multinational Repository” at the OECD Conference Centre in Paris. All the presentations are available here

The IFNEC Week took place on 12-15 November, 2018 and it was held in Tokyo, Japan. For information on the WG meetings, please access the password protected Resource Library.

13-14 November, 2018, a co-sponsored IFNEC – NICE Future initiative Conference on “Challenges and Opportunities Facing Nuclear Energy in an Energy Transitions Context” was held in Tokyo, Japan. To view the programme and presentations click here.

The NSCCEG met on 5 July, 2018 at the Embassy and Permanent Mission of the Argentine Republic to the International Organizations in Vienna. To view the related files, please click here (password protected website)

The IDWG hosted a workshop on “New Challenges Facing Nuclear Regulators” which was held at the NEA Headquarters, in France on 28-29 May, 2018. To see the presentations please click here.

The Steering Group held its meeting at the NEA Headquarters in France, on 30 May, 2018. To access the documents and presentations, please access the Members Area.

 

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 News and Updates
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.

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).

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.

NSCCEG Meeting
Posted on Jun 5, 2018

NSCCEG meeting on 5 July 2018, was hosted by the permanent Argentinean delegation in Vienna, following the IAEA INPRO Dialogue Forum on Sustainable Supply Chains.

For more information, please access the Resource Library.