The purpose of the conference is to foster the exchange of experiences and anticipated future developments related to establishing and maintaining a high level of safety and security of radioactive sources throughout their life cycle.
The conference will provide a forum to:
- Exchange information on meeting current challenges relating to the safety and security of radioactive sources, including lessons learned during the COVID 19 pandemic;
- Increase awareness about and exchange experience regarding preparedness for and response to radiological incidents and emergencies involving radioactive sources;
- Foster coordination among national competent authorities for the safety and security of radioactive sources;
- Share experiences in the development of governmental (e.g., policy and strategy), legislative and regulatory frameworks for radioactive sources and associated facilities;
- Exchange information regarding the planning, establishment, maintenance and sustainability of national radiation safety and nuclear security regimes for radioactive sources, including safety and security systems for facilities and activities (other than transport), as well as knowledge management, education and training;
- Review the impact of research and technological advancements relating to future applications of nuclear sciences and technologies on safety and security of radioactive sources;
- Share experiences in technological advances and future planning for establishment, maintenance and sustainability of safety and security measures;
- Facilitate cooperation among all competent authorities and other stakeholders at the national and international levels, as applicable;
- Promote IAEA safety standards and nuclear security guidance, and their use by States;
- Promote the universalization and use of relevant legally binding (e.g., Joint Convention of the Safety Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management – “Joint Convention", Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency – “Assistance Convention”, and International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism – ICSANT) and non-legally binding (e.g., Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources and its supplementary Guidance) international instruments.