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NEA Director-General William D. Magwood, IVNEA Director-General receives Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award
On 23 May 2017, NEA Director‑General William D. Magwood, IV, was honoured with the 2017 Henry DeWolf Smyth Nuclear Statesman Award for his outstanding service in developing and guiding the use of nuclear energy and nuclear materials to benefit society. Jointly established in 1972 by the American Nuclear Society (ANS) and the Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI), the Smyth Award is bestowed upon individuals who have made significant contributions towards the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Mr Magwood is being recognised in large part for contributions he made during his tenure with the Federal Government of the United States. While at the US Department of Energy (DOE), he rebuilt the US nuclear technology program, led successful efforts to reverse the decline of US nuclear technology education, established the Idaho National Laboratory (INL), enabled the completion and certification of the AP1000 and ESBWR advanced light water reactor designs, and created the Generation IV International Forum (GIF). While with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC), he was a strong advocate for relying on science in making regulatory decisions and for advancing the principle of regulatory independence in the US and around the world.

"I appreciate the recognition of the hard work, creativity, and important accomplishments of the many dedicated public servants at the DOE and the NRC with whom I worked over the years," Mr Magwood said. "I look forward to continuing to contribute to a bright future for the people of the United States and the world in my current assignment as Director‑General of the NEA."

Argentina and Romania to become members of the Nuclear Energy Agency
On 17 May 2017, upon recommendation of the Steering Committee for Nuclear Energy, the Council of the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD) agreed to invite the Argentine Republic and Romania to become full members of the NEA and its Data Bank. These accessions will be formalised with official exchange of letters between each country and OECD Secretary‑General Angel Gurría in June 2017. Both Argentina and Romania countries have well‑established relations with the NEA. Their accession to the NEA will be mutually beneficial for both countries and the NEA membership in several fields, particularly know‑how and research activities related to pressurised heavy water reactor technology. Read more

International workshop launches the NEA Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) FrameworkInternational workshop launches the NEA Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework
On 11-12 May 2017, the NEA organised the launch of the NEA Nuclear Education, Skills and Technology (NEST) Framework with a workshop that brought together 50 representatives from 19 member countries. No matter what their energy policy is, nuclear skills and education is an increasingly important challenge for NEA member countries, all of whom need to have a new generation of highly-qualified scientists and engineers to ensure the continued safe and efficient use of nuclear technologies for a wide range of industrial, scientific and medical purposes. The NEA has developed the NEST Framework in partnership with its member countries in order to help address gaps in nuclear skills capacity building and knowledge transfer through multinational collaboration. Participants at the workshop discussed national education and training needs, priorities and practices. The workshop concluded with a common understanding on and a shared interest in the NEST Framework. Formal decisions by member countries on the practicalities associated with the framework will follow in the coming months.

NEA and China's National Energy Administration sign MOU to strengthen co-operationNEA and China's National Energy Administration sign MOU to strengthen co‑operation
On 28 April 2017, the NEA and the National Energy Administration of China (C/NEA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in the Field of Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy, enhancing co‑operation between both parties. An official ceremony was held in Beijing, China, at which C/NEA Deputy Administrator Li Fanrong signed the MoU on behalf of the C/NEA and NEA Director‑General William D. Magwood, IV, signed on behalf of the NEA. The agreement foresees co‑operation in a number of fields, including nuclear energy development, nuclear safety research and radiological protection. The memorandum of understanding between the NEA and the C/NEA represents further progress in the growing collaboration between China and the Agency, and complements the memorandum of understanding signed by the NEA and the National Nuclear Safety Administration (NNSA) of China in 2014 and the Joint Declaration on Co‑operation signed by the NEA and the China Atomic Energy Authority (CAEA) in 2013.

NEA expert receives award for international co-operation from KoreaNEA expert receives award for international co‑operation from Korea
Dr Henri Paillère, NEA's Senior Nuclear Analyst and Acting Head of the Division of Nuclear Development, has been honoured with the Award for Person of Merit for International Co-operation in Nuclear Industry by the Korean Ministry of Science, ICT and Future Planning. The honour was awarded in recognition of Dr Paillère's dedication and service for the promotion of co-operation between Korea and the NEA, including through his work in support of the Generation IV International Forum (GIF) and the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC). "We are very pleased to see Dr Paillère's accomplishments being acknowledged," NEA Director-General Mr Magwood said. "We are very fortunate to have outstanding people like Henri at the Agency."

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