IPS: U.N. to Host World Summit on Nuclear Safety

U.N. to Host World Summit on Nuclear Safety
By Thalif Deen

UNITED NATIONS, May 11, 2011 (IPS) – The severity of the recent nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi power plant in Japan has prompted U.N. Secretary- General Ban Ki-moon to convene a high-level meeting of world leaders on a politically-sensitive issue: nuclear security.

“We have to reevaluate nuclear risks and nuclear safety in response to the disaster in Japan,” he told reporters Wednesday.

The meeting, scheduled to take place during the upcoming session of the General Assembly on Sep. 22, is expected to focus on strengthening the global nuclear safety regime and ensuring maximum nuclear safety standards.

“This requires in-depth analysis on design, construction, training, quality assurance systems and stringent regulatory mechanisms,” the secretary-general said.

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