Emirates Youth Council, IAEA organise youth session on sidelines of international conference in Vienna

VIENNA — The UAE’s Permanent Mission at the International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA, in co-operation with the Emirates Youth Council, hosted a youth session titled, “Building Specialised Youth Capacities in the Nuclear Sector”, on the sidelines of the international conference of the IAEA Technical Cooperation, TC, Programme, ending today in Vienna.

A total of 25 young people from around the world participated in this youth session, in the presence of Hamad Al Kaabi, Permanent Representative of the UAE in the IAEA, and Dazhu Yang, Deputy Director-General of the IAEA TC Programme.

The session discussed various opinions related to building specialised youth capacities and the challenges they face in the nuclear sector with regards to nuclear science and applications, including nuclear energy, nuclear security and the use of nuclear technologies in health, medicine, agriculture and the environment.

Ambassador Al Kaabi stressed the importance of youth empowerment while highlighting that the session is a step to empowerment, enabling youths to become future leaders in the nuclear sector.

He added that the session is an opportunity to discuss the challenges and convey their message to decision-makers, as well as to receive advice from experts on creative ideas and how to address them in a strategic way.

The session discussed the lack of knowledge in the nuclear sector and the gap between it and academia, as well as knowledge management.

Meera Al Muhairi, Member of the Emirates Youth Council and Investigation Engineer in the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation, FANR, stated that the youth session was very successful, highlighting that the UAE government aims to empower youth in all sectors and create a plan to translate this into reality.

Christer Viktorsson, Director-General of FANR, highlighted the idea of youth participation as really inspiring while expressing his pride in the fact that over 50 percent of the authority’s employees are UAE nationals, who are specialists in various fields such as nuclear security and other vital areas.

The youth sessions were organised by the Emirates Youth Council, an initiative launched by Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, to encourage dialogue among youths from various fields to reach creative solutions for international challenges.

Source: Emirates News Agency