Nuclear safety is evolving process: UN chief

09:46, June 21, 2011      

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UN Secretary-general Ban Ki- moon on Monday said that nuclear safety is not a fixed condition, but an evolving process, and that the lessons of Japan's Fukushima, the site of the explosion of the Dai-ichi nuclear plant, will help future nuclear safety examination, UN spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.

The secretary-general made the statement in a message to a ministerial meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency ( IAEA) on nuclear safety, which opened in Vienna on Monday.

"In the message, the secretary-general says that the lessons of Fukushima will help to move the process of examining nuclear safety forward, so that countries will reflect on their current system on nuclear safety and a renewed nuclear safety culture will be introduced," Nesirky said. "The future of nuclear energy, he says, is critically dependent upon the maintenance of the highest safety standards."

The secretary-general launched a UN system-wide study on the full implications of the Fukushima accident last month. A relevant report is now in preparation and will be submitted to the High- Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security, to be held on Sept. 22 during the 66th Session of the UN General Assembly, the spokesman said.

The explosion at the Japanese Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear plant has led to further debates about nuclear safety worldwide.

From Monday through Friday, ministers and high-level representatives from IAEA member states will take part in discussions on lessons from the Fukushima nuclear accident and debate future actions for preventing such disasters.

Source: Xinhua
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