Issue Brief on “Pakistan-IAEA Cooperation Set To Strengthen”

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Pakistan and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are all set to increase collaboration in peaceful applications of nuclear and technology, particularly in agriculture and medicine. Director General IAEA Mr. Rafael Mariano Grossi visited Pakistan on February 15-16, 2023. During his visit, he was given a glimpse of how Pakistan is using nuclear technologies in the field of energy, agriculture, medicine and industry to promote socioeconomic development. Pakistan has an impeccable nuclear safety and security record that makes Pakistan’s peaceful nuclear programme a success story.

Director General Grossi met with Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, and Minister of Planning and Development Ahsan Iqbal, and spoke on the effects of Climate Change and how nuclear science and IAEA are helping mitigate the effects of Climate Change. Pakistan is one of the top ten most vulnerable countries in the world. While it is responsible for only 0.4 per cent of global carbon emissions it has borne the brunt of Climate Change in the form of devastating floods in 2022 that not only claimed lives but caused widespread displacement and damages to the tune of more than US$ 30 billion.

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