Nuclear technology towards peaceful pursuits has significantly expanded

Tim Yeo
Tim Yeo Chairman New Nuclear Watch Institute

The New Nuclear Watch Institute (NNWI) have published the October edition of their ‘Yes to Nuclear’ Perspectives initiative. In the previous month we explored the role of nuclear energy in facilitating human and economic development. This month, we focus on nuclear development in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA), the role of nuclear energy in the pursuit of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) and the contribution of nuclear technology to the field of medicine.

This month, our SDG Perspective covers the 1st, 11th, 12th and 16th SDGs which are no poverty, sustainable cities and communities, responsible consumption and production, and peace and justice through strong institutions, respectively. The reliability of nuclear technology can help with the provision of food and clean water, housing and electrification of transport systems without contributing to air pollution.

Developing countries, particularly those in SSA, are recognising nuclear power as a reliable energy source and are taking steps towards developing their nuclear capacity. While inadequate infrastructure and high costs present significant barriers, they can be bypassed through strategic partnerships and small modular reactors (SMRs).

Nuclear technology has applications beyond energy provision. This month we explore its contribution to the field of medicine through advanced diagnostic and therapy techniques. Nuclear technology has also become a vital part of medical treatment.

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