International Advisory Board meets in Abu Dhabi to review the UAE nuclear power programme progress

The ninth meeting of the International Advisory Board (IAB) took place in Abu Dhabi from 15-16 March 2015.

Chaired by Dr. Hans Blix, the Board assessed the progress of the UAE's peaceful nuclear energy programme and provided its views on the performance of the programme in key fundamental areas of safety, security, non-proliferation, transparency and sustainability. The Board also provided recommendations for the relevant entities regarding their strategies to improve and strengthen the programme.

Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA, briefed the Board on the UAE Government’s efforts in non-proliferation and international cooperation. The Board also received multiple briefs from main stakeholders including the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), as well as Government entities involved in the UAE nuclear programme.

The IAB consists of a team of globally recognized experts in nuclear science, non-proliferation, regulatory affairs, reactor operations, waste management, human resource development and related fields. The Board meets twice a year to receive reports on the UAE’s progress in achieving and maintaining the highest standards of safety, security and non-proliferation within its nuclear power programme.

Based on these semi-annual reviews, the Board issues its regular reports which include evaluations and recommendations for the programme.

The latest IAB Reports, which reflect outcomes of its previous meeting have been made available on the Board’s website: