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Minister of foreign affairs Bogdan Aurescu co-chaired ICONS 2020 – the International Conference on Nuclear Security

Type: 
Press release
Date: 
02/10/20

Minister of foreign affairs Bogdan Aurescu co-chaired the International Conference on Nuclear Security (ICONS 2020) under the aegis of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), held in Vienna, on February 10, 2020. The conference is a very important event in the field of nuclear security, and it is organized every four years.

Minister Bogdan Aurescu opened the proceedings of the ministerial segment of the conference with IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi and the Co-President of the Republic of Panama, deputy minister of foreign affairs Federico Alfaro Boyd.

In his speech, the Romanian minister reviewed the last year's démarches dedicated to the Conference and pointed to Romania's role in negotiating the Ministerial Declaration – alongside the co-chair and the IAEA secretariat – which was adopted by consensus on the ministerial segment of the Conference (https://www.iaea.org/sites/default/files/20/02/cn-278-ministerial-declaration.pdf).

“The Ministerial Declaration adopted within ICONS 2020, by consensus, is the result of an in-depth process, which began at the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors in March 2019. We have before us a concise, future-oriented document that reflects our political will and adds value to the process to strengthen nuclear security on a global level,” said the minister of foreign affairs Bogdan Aurescu during the national intervention at the International Conference on Nuclear Security.

Minister Bogdan Aurescu presented Romania's achievements in the field of nuclear safety and touched upon the cooperation with the IAEA, carried out through the national regulatory authority, the National Commission for Nuclear Activities Control (CNCAN), and through the Nuclear Agency and for Radioactive Waste of Romania (ANDR), located in Bucharest.

The Romanian minister mentioned the IAEA's designation of the Nuclear Research Institute in Pitești as an International Centre of Excellence based on Research Reactors (ICERR), for a period of five years, highlighting again Romania's commitment to IAEA's mission and values

At the same time, the minister of foreign affairs underlined the expertise accumulated by the National Institute for Research and Development for Nuclear Physics and Engineering "Horia Hulubei" in the field of decommissioning research reactors, organizing training courses for representatives of nuclear and forensic authorities.

In the context of participating in the conference, minister Bogdan Aurescu also met with the Romanian officials who work in the international institutions based in Vienna. He also had meetings with the IAEA director general and the US secretary of Energy.