PRESS RELEASE 26 January 2015 IAEA Director General

26 January 2015
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano Emphasises
Importance of Nuclear Safety
The importance of nuclear safety was stressed by Mr Yukiya Amano, Director
General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at EMA’s Distinguished
Speaker Programme (DSP) today.
In his speech titled "Atoms for Peace in the 21st Century", Mr Amano noted
that nuclear power can play an important role in delivering a stable baseload
electricity supply to power modern economies.
Mr Amano said that the nuclear safety culture has strengthened since the
Fukushima Daiichi accident and that the concept of “safety comes first” is now
unchallenged. He added that the IAEA report on the Fukushima Daiichi accident will
be released later this year.
Mr Amano was in Singapore as part of his regional tour to Southeast Asia.
With two-thirds of the 69 new nuclear power reactors under construction in Asia, Mr
Amano expressed the IAEA’s willingness to strengthen collaboration with ASEAN
countries on nuclear energy development and safety. He also highlighted that
transparency and public communication are crucial in strengthening social
acceptance of the use of nuclear energy.
The DSP is part of EMA's calendar of programmes aimed at forging a
progressive energy landscape for sustainable growth. Together with the Singapore
International Energy Week (SIEW), which takes place from 26-30 October this year,
the DSP provides a platform for energy luminaries to exchange best practices and
share innovative ideas, contributing to the global effort of shaping a new energy
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