Pakistan highlights it’s success story about safety and security standards in the field of radioactive waste management

Pakistan organized an event on the sidelines of the International Conference on Radioactive Waste Management which opened at the headquarters of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna today.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations (UN) Organizations is Vienna Ambassador Aftab Ahmad Khokher made opening remarks at the event. He said that safe and secure management of the radioactive waste was of fundamental importance to ensure that our societies continued to benefit from the peaceful uses of atomic radiation while being protected from its harmful aspects. He stated that Pakistan had made impressive strides in the peaceful uses of nuclear technology while being fully committed to the highest standards of nuclear and radiation safety.

Mr. Muhammad Naeem, Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), who is Co-Chairing the IAEA Conference, said that Pakistan had more than 50 years of experience in following integrated radioactive waste management system and was making progress towards a permanent solution for disposal of all types of radioactive waste. He added that Pakistan’s radioactive waste management infrastructure would be of crucial importance to Pakistan’s future plans for sustainable national nuclear power programme.

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Presentations by experts from the PAEC and IAEA highlighted the progress made by Pakistan in radioactive waste management within the framework of the Technical Cooperation Programme between the IAEA and Pakistan. The event was attended by scientific experts, IAEA officials and international delegates at the Conference who engaged in an interactive exchange with the presenters.

The weeklong IAEA Conference aims to promote exchange of information and best practices in the management of radioactive waste generated from peaceful uses of nuclear applications. Several experts and scientists from Pakistan are participating in the Conference and will be presenting scientific papers.

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