The International Advisory Board (IAB) was established in 2010 to provide the UAE peaceful nuclear energy program with the benefit of the expertise and knowledge of a highly select group of internationally recognized experts in the fields of nuclear safety and security, non-proliferation and the development of human resources.
Throughout its eight-year term, the Board on a semi-annual basis reviewed the progress the UAE was making in achieving and maintaining the highest standards of safety, security, non-proliferation, transparency and sustainability. Board members provided their invaluable insights into how the program can be optimized against these targets.
With the first unit of the Barakah nuclear power plant being almost operational, the IAB held its final meeting in October 2017 and concluded its work with the publication of the 16th and final IAB report.
It is with great satisfaction that I transmit a full report of the first meeting of the International Advisory Board of the United Arab Emirates Nuclear Power Program. The initiative of the government of the UAE has been welcomed by the world as timely and farsighted. The pursuit of the program entails a great responsibility forall involved, notably regarding safety, security and transparency. I and all the other members of the International Advisory Board feel honored to share in some of that responsibility. We expect to be fully and continuously informed and will do our best to offer advice based on our professional experience and contribute to a safe and successful implementation of the program.