IAEA Pre CoP Events: Encourage Youth to Join the Nuclear Field

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has conducted pre-CoP 26 (United Nations Conference of the Parties 2021) events which consist of several conferences and online interactive sessions. CoP is the annual UN climate change conference with the aim to accelerate action towards the goals of the Paris Agreement and the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change. The conference was held among young scientists, professors, senior scientists, leaders, educators, training management professionals with experts from IAEA.  The purpose of this conference was to clear the opaque boundaries between climate change and nuclear energy.

The aim of this event was to spread awareness about nuclear fields, radiation technology, and the contribution of nuclear technology to tackling climate change problems. And teaching the uses of technology concerning the sustainable development of such energy sources. This interaction empowered the benefits of nuclear energy and its partnership with other clean energy sources which can help achieve the UN’s 2030 Agenda for sustainable development and Paris Agreement milestones. In the last 50 years, it has encouraged young students and educated them about nuclear energy to reduce the carbon footprint and avoid emissions of more than 20 gigatons of CO2 from the environment in that period.

This event also explored the opportunities for young researchers by introducing interactive fellowship programs, and especially encouraging women’s participation in different nuclear fields. For increasing the scope for women, IAEA has launched special fellowship programs like the Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship program for women researchers intending to increase women’s participation in the nuclear industry. It encouraged the youths to engage in carbon-free technologies to reduce the carbon footprint.

These conferences empower and aware the young population about nuclear industries by providing interactive sessions with experts and scientists, which helps develop a pro-nuclear temperament giving them effective guidance and constructive suggestions. They will provide internships, fellowships, technological information, and interactive sessions about the nuclear industry as well. The primary goal was to teach and aware people from different backgrounds about nuclear technology as an effective tool to combat climate change.       

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