The third Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) Executive Committee Meeting was held in Beijing, China, on 23 October 2009, where ministers and other senior officials met to review and discuss ongoing GNEP activities, the results of these activities, and further steps to the peaceful use of nuclear energy in a manner that promotes safety, security and non-proliferation.
The Executive Committee welcomed 3 new Countries, which at this date comprises 25 Partner and 31 Observer nations. The GNEP Partners represent different countries from different economic and technical stages of development as well as major geographic regions throughout the world. The broad diversity of nations predicated on a core operating principle of co-equal consensus-based decision-making represents one of the greatest strengths of the Partnership.
The Executive Committee reviewed and acknowledged the activities of the Infrastructure Development Working Group and Reliable Nuclear Fuel Services Working Group. The Executive Committee also received the report from the Steering Group concerning how the Partners have worked with the international community, in accordance with the GNEP 2008 Joint Statement, to promote the expansion of the peaceful use of nuclear energy to meet the challenge of global climate change, to contribute to the sustainability of energy supply, and to pursue new ways to support nuclear energy projects through financing mechanisms.