Plastic Pollution

Germany Shows Interest in New IAEA Initiatives to Fight Pandemics and Plastic Pollution, Director General Grossi says – International Atomic Energy Agency

The IAEA is stepping up its efforts to help combat pressing global problems, such as pandemics, climate change and plastic pollution, Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi today told senior German officials, who expressed keen interest in new Agency initiatives in the areas of human health and environmental protection.

The second and last day of Mr Grossi’s official visit to Berlin was dominated by discussions on how innovative nuclear science and technology can make important contributions toward meeting many of the 17Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) agreed by world leaders five years ago with the aim of building a better future for  humankind.

“It has been a very productive and positive visit. Despite Germany’s decision to phase out its nuclear power programme, it is clear to me that the country will continue to be a very important ally and supporter in our work, for example in meeting the SDGs,” Mr Grossi said. “With Germany’s impressive scientific track record and expertise and its firm commitment to sustainable development, I believe my talks here will lead to a further strengthening of our cooperation in this and other areas.”

He spoke after meetings with State Secretary for Economic Affairs and Energy Andreas Feicht and Parliamentary State Secretary Norbert Barthle of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development. On Monday, he discussed non-proliferation and other issues with Foreign Minister Heiko Maas and nuclear power plant decommissioning and waste management with Parliamentary State Secretary Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter of the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and