Nuclear Safety Convention 5th Review Meeting
On 4 April, 2011, the 72 countries that are 'Contracting Parties' to the Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS), which meet every three years to consider the CNS' implementation, gathered at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna for their fifth 'Review Meeting'.

The ten-day conference, convening from 4 to 14 April 2011, discusses the country reports on nuclear safety that every Contracting Party is obliged to submit. All countries with operating nuclear power plants are among the CNS' Contracting Parties.

The Conference will discuss issues relating to safety management and safety culture, international cooperation and networking on emergency management, as well as considering additional topics arising from the Fukushima nuclear accident.

The treaty, which entered into force on 24 October 1996, was designed to enhance nuclear safety. Its objectives are to achieve and maintain a high level of nuclear safety worldwide, to establish and maintain effective defenses in nuclear installations against potential radiological hazards, and to prevent accidents having radiological consequences.

The Convention on Nuclear Safety is an incentive instrument. It does not compel Parties to adhere to certain safety standards, but is, instead, based on their common interest to achieve higher levels of safety.

The IAEA is the depository for the Convention and its role is to provide the secretariat for the Review Meetings by convening, preparing and servicing these meetings, as well as transmitting relevant information to the Contracting Parties.

Convention Meeting Officers include:
President Li Ganjie, National Nuclear Safety Administration, China

Vice President William Borchardt, Nuclear Regulatory Commission, United States

Vice President Patrick Majerus, Ministry of Health, Luxembourg

CNS information: www-ns.iaea.org/conventions/nuclear-safety.asp?s=6&l=41
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