You are invited to a webinar on nuclear energy in Africa focusing on regional and international cooperation as well as institutional regulation and cooperation to promote the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology, the role of civil society – especially the youth and women – in supporting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, and the future of the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology in a post-pandemic world with specific focus on the future of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The event will also feature a discussion on why recent attacks on Ukraine’s nuclear power plants matter to the rest of the world.
Despite treaties such as the NPT, nuclear weapons states continue to expand or modernise their arsenals. Non-nuclear weapons states are showing their support for abolishing these weapons by joining the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons (the Ban Treaty), but is this enough to put pressure on nuclear weapons states to get rid of their arsenals? Might there be a more active role for civil society, especially the youth and women – who are most deeply impacted by the humanitarian consequences of such weapons – to play in ending nuclear proliferation and promoting the peaceful and developmental uses of nuclear science and technology? Recent events in Ukraine have shown that nuclear weapons remain an existential threat with global consequences. As the world’s largest nuclear-weapons-free zone, established by the Pelindaba Treaty, and familiar with the destructive consequences of nuclear weapons testing, Africa sets an example on commitment to the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, albeit with its own set of challenges relating to institutional capacity, public education, and participation.
SAIIA’s ‘Atoms 4 Development Project’ focuses on the nexus between nuclear security in securing global peace and the peaceful use of nuclear technology in catalysing development towards Africa’s achievement of the