On September 4-5, 2012, the Integrated Support Center for Nuclear Nonproliferation and Nuclear Security (ISCN) of JAEA held a seminar entitled “Seminar on Peaceful Use of Nuclear Energy and Nuclear Nonproliferation” in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, co-hosted by the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), Mongolia.
This seminar was the second project for ISCN in Mongolia and was held as part of the grant project by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT). The seminar aimed at strengthening the nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security regime in Mongolia, which was in the process of introducing nuclear energy.
It got success with the hands-on lectures and active discussions among participants and experts that could deepen attendees’ understandings on various issues: the importance of 3S (safety, security and safeguards); current status of Mongolian regimes for peaceful use of nuclear energy, nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security; and current status and prospects of Mongolian regime to implement IAEA safeguards system.
In addition, considering the needs from Mongolia that aims to work on uranium mining and concentration projects, experiences of Australia, the world uranium supplier, on nuclear security and Additional Protocol implementation were presented to the participants. Having a plan to start uranium mining and concentration in one to two years, Mongolia showed strong interests especially in Additional Protocol implementation procedures.
The seminar, for ISCN, also was a good opportunity to understand Mongolia’s active efforts on human resource development in the area of safeguards.