April 2021 | IAEA Headquarter, Vienna, Austria
Nuclear power plays an essential role in addressing climate change and contributing to sustainable development. A total of 30 countries already operate nuclear power plants (NPPs), and about 40 more countries are either considering nuclear power or preparing to introduce it. Despite the international consensus that the role of nuclear power should be expanded for a low carbon future, there are many challenges when it comes to implementing nuclear power. There are endogenous challenges with nuclear systems and, among other things, significant initial investment costs, longer periods of return on investment, system complexity, and difficulties in technology development. As one means of overcoming these challenges, the importance of partnerships in various forms has emerged. Partnerships would be applied not only to new entrants to nuclear power but also to expanding countries. Based on the experience of each Member State in nuclear or other industries, the INPRO Dialogue Forum will provide an opportunity to identify the effective types of partnership and to find a model that suits each member's situation.
The objectives of the 18th INPRO Dialogue Forum are to:
- Provide a platform for Member States to discuss various aspects of multilateral or bilateral partnerships and strategic alliances;
- Discuss and share experiences, information and knowledge in partnerships from the nuclear and the other industries;
- Share the best practices and lessons learned from cases of success or failure; and
- Discuss how the IAEA can help Member States promote partnerships in nuclear development and deployment.