Pakistan organized an exhibition on “Atoms for Sustainable Development” to present the work it has undertaken on the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology at the 63rd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is currently being held in Vienna.
Pakistani delegation led by the Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC) attended the IAEA General Conference.
On Thursday, The Foreign Office said in a statement, the country continues utilizing enormous potential of nuclear technology for socio-economic development and in order to realize the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
“Nuclear technology applications are being used in diverse areas of electricity generation, health, agriculture, hydrology, industry, environment, and basic sciences,” the statement read.
In Pakistan, 18 PAEC anti-cancer hospitals provided nuclear medicine facilities to nearly one million patients a year and contributed to SDG 3 on “ Health and Wellbeing”.
PAEC’s Agri & Biotech institutes have developed 111 different crop varieties and one million acres have been addressed through Integrated Pest Management (IPM) for SDG 2 on “Zero Hunger”, the statement said.
Addressing the 63rd IAEA General Conference on Thursday, PAEC Chairman Muhammad Naeem lauded the role of IAEA for allowing the use of nuclear technology to achieve SDGs. He added that the IAEA should continue promoting development through the use of nuclear technology in mitigation, monitoring, and adaptation.
For provision of ‘affordable and clean energy’, it said, five nuclear power plants are currently operational in the country and two more are under construction (SDG 7) as the PAEC was also contributing to the goals of ‘quality education’ (SDG 4) and ‘industry, innovation &infrastructure’ (SDG 9) through promoting research and development in several training institutes.
“Pakistan stands ready to further strengthen its partnership with the IAEA, including through contributing to the Agency’s efforts to build capacity in other countries,” the Foreign Office said.
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17 November, 2019