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The International Framework For Nuclear Energy Cooperation

Infrastructure Development Working Group (IDWG)


Support the expansion of nuclear power to help meet growing energy demand in a sustainable manner and in a way that provides safe operations of nuclear power plants and management of wastes.  Facilitate the development of the infrastructure needed for worldwide expansion of clean, sustainable, nuclear energy in a safe and secure manner, while at the same time reducing the risk of nuclear proliferation.


  • Determine infrastructure needs of the Participants. 
  • Identify areas of global infrastructure that could be improved through international cooperation and in coordination with multilateral organizations and fora such as the IAEA or GIF. 
  • Identify relevant on-going activities to support infrastructure development (multilateral, bilateral, and other) in Participant states. 
  • Characterize financial and organizational barriers to the introduction/expansion of nuclear power and identify means to address them. 

Areas of Focus

  • Human Resource Development
  • Radioactive Waste Management sub-group 
    • Research and Development
    • Funding and institutional arrangements
    • Interactions with stakeholders
    • Safe and secure storage and transport of used fuel and radioactive waste prior to disposition
    • Opportunities and constraints for regional and/or shared disposal facilities
    • Opportunities for changing how human resources are developed
    • Waste issues for Small Modular Reactors 
  • Small Modular Reactors (economics and radioactive waste management)
  • Support for Participant Countries: Assessments & Financing Approaches
  • Interaction with Specialist Organizations
  • Online Resource Library
  • Infrastructure Needs for an Comprehensive Fuel Services (CFS) Framework (interest in international repositories
  • Safeguards and security
Upcoming Meetings
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