Monday, 23 July 2012

A to-do list for Canada at the world’s nuclear watchdog

A to-do list for Canada at the world’s nuclear watchdog: ..."Canada is likely to soon assume the chair of the IAEA’s Board of Governors (the IAEA says it hasn’t received any nominations in advance of the Sept. 24 vote, but chairmanship rotates geographically and it’s in this region’s court). The position would provide the country with a perfect opportunity to pursue strengthening and reform of the agency and bolster Canada’s own image at the same time.
Among the measures it should pursue are: depoliticization (to the extent possible) of the board’s own proceedings; the drafting of an agency-wide strategic plan; implementation of the Action Plan on Nuclear Safety agreed after the March 2011 Fukushima disaster; and budgetary reform that makes contributions more equitable, replaces zero real growth with a needs-based approach, and brings key programs like nuclear security and technical co-operation into the regular budget rather than relying on voluntary contributions."

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