World Nuclear Association and the OECD Nuclear Energy Agency
launch new partnership

The World Nuclear Association has today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with the OECD Nuclear Agency at a ceremony in London.

Under the MoU, both organisations have agreed to share best practices and co‑operate to support the wider understanding of nuclear energy and its development, to enable more effective and efficient nuclear safety, to exchange on improved approaches to decommission deactivated facilities, to enhance the legal frameworks associated with various international nuclear activities such as transport, and to support the economic and efficient use of nuclear energy.

Agneta Rising, Director General, World Nuclear Association, stated: "We are delighted to announce this agreement with the OECD‑NEA, which formalises and strengthens the close and successful working relationship that already exists between our two organisations in several important areas such as nuclear safety, decommissioning, education, innovation, waste management and law. This MoU will further support the development of nuclear as an affordable sustainable source of low‑carbon electricity delivering 24/7".

NEA Director‑General William D. Magwood, IV, commented: "Industry is often the major implementer of national energy policies and has the most relevant and comprehensive information about many vital aspects of those policies. This MoU will help the NEA gain important insights from industry and assure we are able to provide our member countries with the most relevant and comprehensive information. Our interactions with the global industry sector through the World Nuclear Association also increase the opportunities for the NEA to interact directly with the industry as we continue our work assisting our members to achieve excellence in nuclear safety, innovation, decommissioning, and other key areas."

Background notes for editors

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) is an intergovernmental agency which operates under the framework of the Organisation for Economic Co‑operation and Development (OECD). It facilitates co‑operation among countries with advanced nuclear technology infrastructures to seek excellence in nuclear safety, technology, science, related environmental and economic matters and law. The mission of the NEA is to assist its member countries in maintaining and further developing, through international co‑operation, the scientific, technological and legal bases required for a safe, environmentally sound and economical use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes. It strives to provide authoritative assessments and to forge common understandings on key issues as input to government decisions on nuclear technology policies. NEA membership includes 33 countries that co‑operate through joint research, consensus building among experts and development of best practices.

World Nuclear Association is the international organisation that represents the global nuclear industry. Its mission is to promote a wider understanding of nuclear energy among key international influencers by producing authoritative information, developing common industry positions, and contributing to the energy debate, as well as to pave the way for expanding nuclear business.

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