Pakistan has presented an exhibition stall on “Atoms for Sustainable Development” as a parallel event of the ongoing 63rd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna.
According to a statement issued by Foreign Office Spokesperson Dr. Muhammad Faisal, the exhibition stall showcased the efforts that has undertaken in peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology in Pakistan. Pakistan has guaranteed the IAEA for their contribution towards strengthen their partnership, including contributing to its efforts to build capacity in other countries.
In order to realize the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), Pakistan continues to utilize the enormous potential of nuclear technology for the socio-economic development of the country in diverse areas of electricity generation, health, agriculture, hydrology, industry, environment, and basic sciences.
The Pakistan delegation participating in the IAEA General Conference, commanded by the Chairman Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission (PAEC), said that “18 PAEC cancer hospitals in Pakistan were providing facilities in nuclear medicine to nearly one million patients annually and contributing to SDG3 on ‘good health & well-being”.
He further added that Five nuclear power plants are currently operational in the country and two more are under construction (SDG 7) for the provision of ‘affordable and clean energy’. PAEC is also contributing to the goals of ‘quality education and industry, innovation and infrastructure through promoting research and development in several training institutes.
Muhammad Naeem Addressed, Chairman PAEC addressing the 63rd IAEA General Conference praised the role of IAEA for allowing the use of nuclear technology to achieve SDGs. He added that the IAEA should continue endorsing the development through the use of nuclear technology in mitigation, monitoring, and adaptation.