Strengthening Preparedness for Nuclear Incidents and Emergencies

  • Date & Time: Tuesday 10 May (12:00 - 13:15)
  • Room: 2
  • Participation: Open
  • Interpretation: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish


The roundtable will draw attention to what has been learnt from responses to nuclear accidents in Chernobyl, Three Mile Island and now Fukushima. It is clear that preparedness for response to incidents and emergencies at nuclear power plants should be part of overall national, regional and international preparedness for response to different types of emergencies. As is the case for all critical and sensitive industrial infrastructures, preparedness for and response to incidents and emergencies at nuclear power plants requires specialized expertise. To boost society’s preparedness, however, requires that authorities recognize that specialty knowledge is not the property of any sector in society and must be treated as a public good and integrated in a national preparedness for response preparedness for response. And likewise, given its cross border impact, elements of an integrated preparedness system provide the basis for regional and international cooperative frameworks. Essentially the round table would table existing experiences, and propose a way forward for further strengthening cooperation on international and regional basis in the area of emergency preparedness for and response to nuclear incidents and emergencies.

Key Questions for discussion:
* How well integrated are national, regional and international disaster management organizations in the knowledge and competence to respond to and manage these types of accidents?
* Do we need regional/international knowledge and capacity mapping to identify gaps and requirements?
* How can institutional cooperation and specialized knowledge sharing between regional/international organizations be maximized and fostered?
* How to best utilize existing global monitoring systems deployed by several organizations in accordance with their respective thematic areas?
* How well integrated is specialized knowledge with broader preparedness planning;
* How do we ensure that there is a critical chain of authoritative public information available in a timely manner?
* What do we do in the area of regional and international cooperation?


Mr. Rashid Khalikov, Director, United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Geneva (MODERATOR)


H.E. Mr. Ban Ki-moon, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Ms. Margareta Wahlström, Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General for Disaster Reduction
Ms. Elena Buglova, Acting Centre Head, Incident and Emergency Centre, International Atomic Energy Association
Mr. Tibor Tóth, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission, Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization
Dr. Geoffrey Love, Director, Weather & Disaster Risk Reduction Services, World Meteorological Organization (TBC)
Dr. Maria Neira, Director, Public Health and Environment, World Health Organization
Mr. Yuri Brazhnikov, Director of the International Cooperation Department, Head of Russian National Emergency Response Corps, Ministry for Civil Defence, Emergencies & Elimination of Consequences of Natural Disasters, Russian Federation
Mr. Kenichi Sugunama, Ambassador, Deputy Permanent Representative of Japan, Chief of Consulate of Japan in Geneva
Mr. Laurent Michel, Director General for Risks Prevention, Delegate for Major Risks, Ministry of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Transport and Housing


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Last updated: 04 December 2020