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Susan Eisenhower speaks at UN on role of nuclear energy

01 May 2007

Susan Eisenhower challenged people to find more on the facts on nuclear energy and its role in addressing climate change, energy security and energy availability. She said nuclear technologies could bring clean, cost-efficient energy to the developing world.

Eisenhower made her comments at a 'sidebar' event held during the UN CSD 15 meeting. She told World Nuclear News that there were three major challenges to be faced; bringing prosperity to developing countries, addressing climate change and meeting the future rise in global demand for energy. More energy will be needed from sources that do not harm the environment. In addition, the international community will need to ensure that less powerful countries do not lose out in securing access to increasingly scarce energy resources.

Eisenhower recalled the words of President Eisenhower spoken at the UN in 1953 when he said that the atom, then the greatest of destructive forces, could be developed into a great boon, for the benefit of all mankind.  The fact that a substantial proportion of electricity supplied in the US is generated using materials previous housed in warheads pointed at the US was noted. Eisenhower highlighted the beneficial role of nuclear technologies on medicine and agriculture, in addition to energy production

In the same meeting the role of the World Nuclear University was outlined by World Nuclear Association's Per Jander, who explained the way in which the World Nuclear University promotes the development of skills, management and leadership amongst the nuclear industry's young professionals.

The way in which the International Young Nuclear Congress promotes a greater understanding of the different cultures of those who participate in the congress was highlighted by Lisa Stiles.

Angie Howard spoke about the role of Women in Nuclear in providing information to women in the global community on nuclear technologies, not only for power generation, but in all areas of nuclear applications.

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