On 8 October 2015, UNU will host “Atoms for Peace and Development”, a conversation with Mr Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). This event will start at 6:30 p.m. at UNU Headquarters in Tokyo.
The IAEA is the world’s foremost intergovernmental agency for scientific and technical cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear energy, with 164 member states, and a secretariat made up of some 2,500 staff. The IAEA’s programmes seek to mobilize peaceful applications of nuclear technologies, provide credible assurances against misuse of nuclear materials and technologies, and set and promote safety and security standards for nuclear and other radioactive material.
Mr Yukiya Amano will join Sebastian von Einsiedel, Director of the UNU Centre for Policy Research, for a conversation exploring current and future challenges facing the IAEA. They will discuss the IAEA’s multi-year effort to work with Iran to resolve concerns about the nature of its nuclear programme and the Agency’s role in the implementation of the July 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. Other discussion topics will include lessons learned from the 2011 Fukushima-Daiichi accident, and the contributions of nuclear science and technology to the Millennium Development Goals and the post-2015 development agenda, including in the areas of human health, food and agriculture, and the environment.
The UNU Conversation Series aims to foster audience participation: you are encouraged to engage with the speakers during the conversation and at the reception that will follow, where all audience members are invited to enjoy the food and drinks that will be served while exchanging ideas and making new contacts.
Please note that this event will be in English only; Japanese interpretation will not be provided. Advance registration (by 7 October) is required. Please click on the REGISTER button above to access the online registration page.
After a distinguished diplomatic career with the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Yukiya Amano assumed the post of IAEA Director General on 1 December 2009. He had served as Chair of the Agency’s Board of Governors from August 2005 to September 2006 and as Japan’s Resident Representative to the Agency until his selection as Director General in July 2009. He has extensive experience in disarmament and non-proliferation diplomacy, as well as nuclear energy issues.
A graduate of the University of Tokyo Faculty of Law, Mr Amano joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan in April 1972. He subsequently held posts in Austria, Belgium, France, Laos, Switzerland and the United States.
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