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Joint Communique of The First Meeting of Forum
for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA)
November 13, 2000 
  
Introduction
  1. The First Meeting of the Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA) was held in Bangkok, on 10th and 13th of November, 2000. Ministers and Senior Officials from nine Asian countries comprising the Commonwealth of Australia, People's Republic of China, Republic of Indonesia, Japan, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Republic of the Philippines, Kingdom of Thailand, and Socialist Republic of Vietnam responsible for the peaceful nuclear research, development and utilization met here. The Meeting also welcomed the participation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) as an observer. The Meeting was co-hosted by the Ministry of Science, Technology and Environment (MOSTE) of the Kingdom of Thailand and the Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) of Japan.
  2. The Forum assumed the activities of the former International Conference for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (ICNCA), which had been led by Japan for the last ten years. At the Tenth Meeting of the ICNCA, the participating countries agreed that the ICNCA should be transformed into the Forum for Nuclear Cooperation in Asia (FNCA) with the first Forum Meeting to be held in Thailand.
  3. The vision statement was developed at the First FNCA Coordinators Meeting and adopted at the Forum Meeting as follows : "The FNCA is to be recognized as an effective mechanism for enhancing socio-economic development through active regional partnership in the peaceful and safe utilization of nuclear technology."
  4. The Meeting discussed the activity under the FNCA Framework and the Regional Nuclear Cooperation Activities (RNCA) under the FNCA framework, and agreed on the following points.
  
Rationale for the FNCA
  5. The Asian region is one of the regions which enjoys highest economic growth rates in the world. To sustain such growth in the face of limited resources and the need to protect and preserve the environment, the region can benefit from effective utilization of nuclear technology. According to the projections(1) (2) for expansion of nuclear power generation, the region is expected to be one of the three major nuclear-generation centers along with the United States and Europe early in the 21st Century. In addition to nuclear power generation, nuclear applications in fields, such as food and agriculture, human health care, improvement of industrial technology, and environmental protection, are of equal importance in people's daily life.
  6. In recognition of the above situation, regional cooperation to further the safe and peaceful use of nuclear technology will be significantly advanced by carrying out the Regional Nuclear Cooperation Activities (RNCA) currently in seven fields,

- Utilization of Research Reactors,
- Application of Radioisotopes and Radiation for Agriculture,
- Application of Radioisotopes and Radiation for Medical Uses,
- Public Information on Nuclear Energy,
- Radioactive Waste Management,
- Nuclear Safety Culture, and
- Human Resources Development.
. 7. These activities to date have led to the establishment of effective infrastructure for development and utilization of nuclear technology in the participating countries. It is also expected that these activities would bring the FNCA countries many socio-economic benefits and enhance public awareness of the role, contribution and safety of nuclear technology and the way it is benefiting national development.
. 8. Development and utilization of nuclear technology through the FNCA can, in addition, help solve major issues which mankind faces in the 21st Century, the so-called "Trilemma Issues" of economic growth; security of resources, energy and food; and preservation of the global environment. Therefore, it is beneficial to promote the further development of the RNCA which can contribute to sustainable development through nuclear technology applications.
  
Direction of Future Activities
  9. The Meeting adopted the FNCA Strategic Plan. Officials from FNCA countries will further cooperate to introduce and implement appropriate projects in those fields where socio-economic benefits can be clearly expected, and to make FNCA activities more efficient through better linkages with the IAEA and other appropriate international organizations. In this regard the initiatives listed in the Strategic Plan are welcomed.
  10. The FNCA countries recognize that their contributions of manpower and finance are important to strengthen and expand the FNCA activities. Each country will try to establish a domestic system to support FNCA activities.
  11. The nuclear accidents of the past two years such as the criticality accident at the JCO nuclear fuel facility in Japan and the radiological accident involving the spent Cobalt-60 source in Thailand should never occur again. To achieve this goal, development and utilization of nuclear technology in each country should be carried out with full attention to the safety aspect. It is also important to use the experiences of these unfortunate accidents as lessons in implementing the FNCA activities in the future.
  12. The Meeting approved the following provisional venues of Workshops in FY2001:

- Utilization of Research Reactor: (China/Vietnam)
- Application of Radioisotopes and Radiation for Agriculture: Thailand
- Application of Radioisotopes and Radiation for Medical Use: Malaysia
- Public Information on Nuclear Energy: The Philippines
- Radioactive Waste Management: (Vietnam/Korea)
- Nuclear Safety Culture: Japan
- Human Resources Development : (Japan/Korea)
  
Next Meetings
  13. The Meeting agreed that the Second and the Third Meetings of the FNCA would be held in Japan and Republic of Korea in 2001 and 2002, respectively.
  References
(1) OECD/NEA-IAEA "Uranium"
(2) IEA "World Energy Outlook"
 

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