UAE delegation, Led by H.E. Mohamed Al Hammadi, joins nations from around the world at 5th IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century


His Excellency Mohamed Al Hammadi, Managing Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Emirates Nuclear Energy Corporation (ENEC), has led the UAE’s delegation at the 5th International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century, held in Washington DC, United States, from 26 to 28 October.

The conference brings together ministers, policymakers, senior officials and experts to engage in high-level dialogue on the role of nuclear energy in the transition to clean energy sources, and its contribution to sustainable development and climate change mitigation, with momentum in the civil nuclear sector taking on a new pace.

Mr. Christer Vicktorsson, Director General of the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) and senior executives from UAE Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure, ENEC and FANR joined the UAE delegation.

H.E. Al Hammadi showcased the success and impact of the UAE nuclear energy sector in driving rapid decarbonization, supporting the UAE’s efforts towards achieving Net Zero by 2050.  As a result of the continued support of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and experts from many responsible nations around the world, the UAE has made swift and safe progress at Barakah, with the Plant now being the single largest source of clean electricity in the Nation, with two commercially operating reactors, a third connected to the UAE grid and a fourth reactor in the final stages of commissioning.

H.E. Al Hammadi, who is also president of the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO), participated in the panel session ‘Fulfilling the Promise: Achieving Net Zero with Low Carbon Nuclear Energy’ alongside distinguished experts from the nuclear energy industry including Rafael Grossi, Director General of the IAEA and William D. Magwood, IV, Director General of the OECD-NEA.

Discussions at the panel focused on the essential role of nuclear energy in the transition to clean energy systems and shaping policy support to address challenges so that nuclear energy can play its full role in decarbonization. H.E. Al Hammadi highlighted how the UAE took a long-term, data-driven, realistic approach to developing nuclear energy, which is today guaranteeing energy security and tackling climate change.