Nuclear Science and Technology: Driving Africa’s Development

Nuclear power plant and flowering meadow. Image: Getty, narvikknarvikk
Nuclear power plant and flowering meadow. Image: Getty, narvikknarvikk

In 2013 the AU adopted Agenda 2063 as the continent’s strategic framework for sustainable development and economic growth.

Summary:

  • Nuclear science and technology can help Africa to achieve the aspirations of Agenda 2063 and the SDGs.
  • Africa is home to various research reactors. Such reactors already play an important developmental role and are also the foundation of nuclear power programmes.
  • The developmental impact of nuclear science and technology is especially evident in the healthcare and agriculture sectors on the continent.
  • Africa is a global leader in terms of its commitment to non-proliferation and the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology, and continues to advocate for the developmental aspects of nuclear energy.
  • Challenges notwithstanding, through close cooperation with treaty oversight and other international bodies, the continent can establish a peaceful nuclear science and technology regime that can improve the lives of its people.
25 Jun 2021
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SAIIA Policy Insights No 109, June 2021
SAIIA Programme
African Governance and Diplomacy
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African Union (AU), Agenda 2063, Sustainable Development Goals (SDG)
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