Qatar has affirmed that the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, especially in the areas of health, agriculture, industry and the environment, are a strategic bet and part of its plan for comprehensive economic and social development within the Qatar National Vision 2030.
Delivering a speech before the International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Security, organized by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna, Ambassador of Qatar to Austria and its Permanent Representative to the United Nations and international organisations in Vienna, Sultan bin Salmeen al-Mansouri said Qatar has adopted appropriate legislation to enhance the safety and security of radioactive materials and is co-operating with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to promote the Agency's efforts in the field of nuclear security and safety.
HE al-Mansouri said that nuclear security is an important component of the international peace and security system, so seeking full and comprehensive implementation of the obligations of states in the field of non-proliferation and nuclear disarmament will contribute to strengthening nuclear security.
He explained that effective national nuclear security systems will contribute to developing the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and in strengthening international efforts to combat nuclear terrorism, expressing his aspiration that the relationship between nuclear security and peace and international security be present in the discussions and in future plans to achieve the main goals and priorities in the field of nuclear security.
HE al-Mansouri pointed out that this conference is an opportunity to assess the progress made in the field of nuclear security, to enhance it, to support the collaboration between nuclear security and safety, and to support the Agency's efforts to introduce further improvements to its nuclear security activities, and to maintain the highest safety and security standards in nuclear activities, including facilitating the missions of international advisory missions to atomic energy, with the aim of reviewing frameworks and structures concerned with nuclear security in states, as well as ways to protect radioactive sources worldwide.
About Qatar hosting one of the most important mass events in the sports field, which is the FIFA World Cup for 2022, HE al-Mansouri revealed that the Qatari authorities specialised in organising the championship are preparing from now to co-ordinate with the IAEA, to benefit from the experiences possessed by the agency in implementing nuclear security measures during major events, and similar to what happened in such activities in other countries of the world.
HE al-Mansouri concluded by stressing that great progress has been made in the field of nuclear technology security in recent years, but there is still much work to be done to spread and strengthen the culture of nuclear security on a large scale.