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Historic International Nuclear Energy Summit Missing Industry Leader, Russia

March 21, 2024 (EIRNS)—The first-ever Nuclear Energy Summit opened today in Brussels. Co-chaired by Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo, and the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Rafael Mariano Grossi, the summit was the highest-level meeting to date exclusively focused on nuclear energy. Grossi announced: “This historic summit will build on the momentum of COP28, where the world finally agreed it must invest in nuclear energy to meet its climate goals. Now is time for action, for laying out the concrete steps that will make the investment happen.”

Leaders who spoke include the heads of state or government of Armenia, Belgium, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, and Sweden; and high-level representatives from Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Egypt, India, Italy, Japan, Kazakhstan, Pakistan, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Türkiye, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, and the United States of America.

With major representation from at least 35 countries, the absence of the most active builder of nuclear power plants in the world, Russia, was conspicuous.

Last night, Prime Minister de Croo and Grossi hosted an evening debate at Brussels’ iconic Atomium, with more than 70 young science communicators.

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