PERMANENT MISSION OF THE UNITED ARAB EMIRATES
TO THE INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY
UAE Nuclear Policy Principles on the Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy
Building a National Legal Framework
A first major step toward the establishment of the UAE peaceful nuclear energy programme was the issuing of its Nuclear Policy, which outlines the Government’s approach toward civilian nuclear power.
By formally endorsing the Nuclear Policy, the UAE Government made its intentions clear to its citizens and to the international community, highlighting its commitments and strategies toward this endeavour.
The Policy of the United Arab Emirates on the Evaluation and Potential Development of Peaceful Nuclear Energy was released in April 2008. Through this Policy, the UAE Government committed itself to the following fundamental principles:
• Complete operational transparency;
• Commitment to the highest standards in non-proliferation;
• Commitment to the highest standards in safety and security;
• Working directly with the International Atomic Energy Agency;
• Close partnerships with the governments and firms of responsible nations; and
• Long-term sustainability.
In addition to these commitments, the Policy constitutes the UAE’s decision to forgo domestic enrichment and reprocessing of nuclear fuel. The policy paper describes the role of nuclear power as one component of the UAE’s future energy portfolio.
The Policy principles and commitments were made into a law when UAE issued UAE Nuclear Law in October 2009.
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