Minister For Energy And Mineral Development, Irene Muloni has urged Countries that are under the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to work together in developing research, producing and using nuclear energy for peaceful proposes.
The minister noted that global cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear science and technology over the years has provided solutions to a number of challenges facing humanity in areas of human health, agricultural productivity, water resource management, environmental restoration and energy.
This was during the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology on Addressing Current and Emerging Development Challenges, in Vienna, Austria.
The conference was aimed at facilitating high-level dialogue among participants on nuclear science, technology and applications for peaceful uses, and on their delivery to IAEA Member States, mainly through the Agency’s technical cooperation program, while highlighting their future contribution to sustainable development.
The Minister commended the Agency for the continuous technical assistance to Member States to benefit from the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
She applauded the Agency for the contribution towards the restoration of radiotherapy services at Uganda Cancer Institute.
“Notably, the application of nuclear science and technology can be used to facilitate the attainment of nine (9) of the seventeen (17) Sustainable Development Goals. In light of this the use of nuclear energy to address socio-economic challenges to humanity is on the increase. In order to advance nuclear energy applications in terms of technology and quantity, there is need to match the human resources capacity with the infrastructure development” said the minister
During the conference, two Bilateral Meetings were Held on Enhancing IAEA Technical Assistance to Uganda
The Minister also held bilateral discussions with (IAEA DG / and Director TCAF) on enhancing technical cooperation in the expansion of radiotherapy centers, strengthening food safety laboratory, nuclear power infrastructure development and capacity building in nuclear science and technology.