International Expert Meeting on Enhancing Transparency and Communications Effectiveness in the event of a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency
An IAEA-organised expert meeting on Enhancing Transparency and Communications Effectiveness in the event of a Nuclear or Radiological Emergency has taken place on June 18-20 in Vienna.
More than 180 experts, government officials and journalists from around the world shared their ideas and experiences regarding public information in the event of a nuclear or radiological emergency, basing on the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi, Tchernobyle and Three Miles Island accidents.
Experts came from National Parliaments, crisis management organisations, nuclear regulation agencies, international organisations, NGOs and the media. The main goal was to define good practices and guidelines regarding PR policies.
The meeting was organised in the framework of the IAEA Plan of Action on Nuclear Safety, which was adopted by the Agency in September 2011. Out of the 12 main actions, improving the preparedness and the efficiency of the response to nuclear accidents feature amongst the 12 main actions in the Plan. Here is the link to more detailed information about the Plan of Action.
The meeting was chaired by Claude Birraux, former deputy chairperson of the French Parliamentary Office on the evaluation of the scientific and technological choices. André-Claude Lacoste, Director of the ASN- the French Nuclear Safety Authority - and the director of EDF nuclear communication division (NOM), was one of the panellists.
Their presentations will be available online shortly on the IAEA website.