A Double Nuclear Energy Solution: How Peaceful?

BY ONIKOSI ANUOLUWATOYOSI, THE TIMES OF INDIA

Following the current deliberations of the Historical International Atomic Energy Agency, the committee is discussing the peaceful solutions for the future of nuclear energy and have so far come up with two unique draft resolutions: Resolution 1.1 and Resolution1.2.

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Indonesia addresses the committee on Resolution 1.1.

Resolution 1 is titled “Securing the Future of Nuclear Technology Through Education: Innovation and Technology.” This resolution is discussing a series of solutions not just regarding the expansion towards nuclear energy but also educational projects. The educational program proposal from India, which is designated ‘Reach’ and focuses on kids from 10-18 years old, includes an IEA certificate program that educates college students about nuclear plants management. This program may later on go to help train other nations to ensure that all nuclear plants are being well managed.

Social media campaigns are also being put forward to prevent nuclear waste from being expanded through the world. Indonesia, India, Japan, and Russia all worked on the draft resolution 1.1 of the United Nations Environmental Programme.

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The ‘REACH’ Program by the Indian Delegation.

The Resolution 2 is titled “SHARE THE Gap” and basically reiterates sharing the nuclear technology gap as well as responsibility for fixing the problem. It focuses on the short term and long term goals in setting new standards for the international community, especially in the realm of safety risk management and a nuclear reactor technology. The problem with the current technology is that it is really old, outdated, cheap and easy. As such, there is a need to move towards a more advanced technology.

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Delegation from Canada (left), Japan (Middle) and India (Right).

Canada and the UK are currently working on advanced generation for reactors which basically have the effects of being more fuel efficient, much cleaner, and entail the use of social development structure by having developed nations take on responsibility and challenges so that developing nations can afford this technology much later in the future. In the mean times, small marginal reactors would be used to supplement energy in developing nations.

Canada supports transitioning away from old nuclear technologies, as the UK and Canada are the only two countries that use generation fuel reactors in the world and believe they can solve all of the problems in the world with regards to nuclear energy. Canada is however concerned with regimes that do not follow international standards, and they are trying to reset new standards and goals for the international community to follow.

All member states, according to India, have rights to peaceful nuclear expansion and celebrating innovative technology. For this reason India seeks to enhance mutual cooperation by working together with Japan and Indonesia on the Resolution1.1.

“We are focusing on other innovative technologies such as educational programs and trying to reach out to the public by creating public awareness campaigns through the facility tours and mass media as well as online promotions and public hearings. We believe that where there’s unity there’s always victory and for this reason we are looking forward to a consensus of both proposals,” said the delegate from India in an interview earlier today.

The states believe in the possibility for a merger although both draft resolutions are focusing on very unique ideas, though there is some common ground.

“We believe that amendments could be made to suit both resolutions,” said the delegate from Japan.

Amendments are currently ongoing in the committee and the world hopes for a positive outcome.

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