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[en] Climate Technocal Centre and Network (CTCN): • Supporting the deployment of climate technologies in developing countries with 152 country focal points and 250 implementing partners. • Leveraging UNIDO and UNEP expertise plus a global technology network of 500+ private sector and civil society organizations. • Providing demand-driven technical assistance and capacity building. • Sharing the largest source of online climate technology info in the world: www.ctc-n.org
[en] The global response to COVID-19 has reinforced humanity’s resilience and spotlighted the unparalleled power of creative partnerships. It also highlights the stark human and financial cost of weak health systems, the consequences of which are unfortunately keenly familiar to those communities dealing with infectious and non-communicable diseases in the developing world. As the fight against COVID-19 began, battles against numerous other health threats had already long been raging. The challenge for any health crisis — whether immediate or decades in the making — is bigger than developing safe and effective medicines or vaccines. The world needs enough qualified health workers to serve all patients; supply chains that ensure reliable access to essential equipment, clean water, food and medicines; uninterrupted preventive care for all, particularly for children, mothers and other vulnerable populations; communities empowered with knowledge and access to care; and so much more. All of this requires a multitude of committed partners to engage and stay the course.
[en] The main goal of our work is to create e-learning platform for master students (pharmacist, chemist, biologist physicist, physician and other with academic postgraduate diploma) and post graduate degree (PGD) for technologists working in the field of radiopharmacy and nuclear medicine. Basic education in radiopharmacy is an essential component of the scientific and technical background of a radiopharmacist and the inescapable route by which quality assurance in radiopharmacy can be implemented. The purpose of this study was to evaluate e-learning as a method to improve worldwide education in radiopharmacy and increase the awareness about concepts pertaining the quality of radiopharmaceuticals. To establish an e-learning platform designed as an innovative learning apparatus that, working alongside conventional teaching methods, integrates education in all aspects of radiopharmacy into the curricula being offered by universities at existing education and training institutions is the next step forward to the global recognition of the unified standards.
[en] UK Nuclear & Climate Change – Conclusions: • Nuclear energy is not currently a preferred means of tackling Climate Change in the West - for economic & funding reasons. • Three approaches to: - Make nuclear competitive with other low-carbon energy sources; - Become a substantial contributor to tackling Climate Change in UK and other developed countries. • Governments & industry needs to step up to huge opportunities & challenges: - New approaches to guarantee funding of construction; - Support the collaborative design of advanced reactor technologies. • Further work is required: - Turning modern construction approaches into practical solutions; - Evaluating the attractiveness and practicality of AMRs being developed and deployed to tackle Climate Change by 2050.
[en] Continuous nutrient mining, monocropping and poor farming practices are still norm in many developing countries, and they generally lead to declining soil fertility and quality, and loss of crop productivity and falling income. For sustainable crop production, farmers, especially in developing countries, require to be equipped with the knowledge of how to maintain and even improve soil fertility through best farming practices and increasing crop production with lower environmental footprints. Integrated cropping-livestock system (ICLS) has the most potential to enrich soil with essential plant nutrients, sequester carbon and increase crop productivity. Farmers need to take holistic approach by adopting the different models of ICLS (i.e. growing nitrogen fixing legumes in rotation, recycling of organic residues and manure and animal grazing to minimise their dependence on chemical fertilisers), strategic use of chemical fertilisers and water, and unnecessary cultivation to preserve carbon and nutrients in soil. (author)
[en] Over the next decade, the world faces two significant interrelated challenges. First, developing countries must increase electric generation to provide their citizens with access to affordable, reliable energy. Access to energy is necessary for economic development and prosperity, fundamental for economic growth,and critical to enabling societies to achieve basic levels of health, education, and social development. Although only one of the United Nation’s seventeen Sustainable Development Goals (SDG 7) focuses specifically on energy access, it is widely recognized that without such access many of the other SDG will not be met.The United Nations recently warned that “[w] without urgent action, the world will fall short of achievement of SDG 7 and consequently other SDG.”
[en] Conclusion: • To join hands with other member states to build up a stronger defense of nuclear security and safety, to ensure the nuclear energy is developed sustainably and plays more important roles in fighting against the global climate change. • To support the IAEA’s central role in international cooperation and exchange in areas of nuclear security and safety, and encourages IAEA to help developing countries build up nuclear security capacity and improve nuclear safety level. • To share knowledge, experience and good practice on nuclear security and safety with other member states with the platforms such as SNSTC/COE.
[en] Clinical Nuclear medicine applications are growing very fast in the world. The great impact of nuclear medicine in the management of major health problems is becoming evident and visible. Many hospitals in developing countries, public and private, are interested more than before by installing a department of nuclear medicine. The approach in developing countries for supporting the expansion of nuclear medicine should be adapted to the new contest taking in consideration the development of radiopharmacy and the availability of new radiopharmaceuticals. Classically radiopharmacy in developing was limited to “hot lab” where basics preparations of technetium 99m radiolabelled cold kits are done sometimes in hot cells when available. Today those infrastructures are no longer appropriate and do not fit with the increase of clinical needs expressed daily in hospitals. This situation requires to educate train and recruit a radiopharmacist. The main responsibility of the radiopharmacist or “radiopharmaceutical scientist” in nuclear medicine is the preparation of radiopharmaceuticals to ensure their safety and efficacy. They are also responsible for the quality of the product which is essential to increase the impact on patient management through a correct interpretation of the results of the investigation, or the delivery of the correct therapeutic dose. There is a considerable scope for research and development in the field of radiopharmaceutical science. Also, the infrastructure should be adapted to the new requirements with appropriate drawing, air circulation, staff education and trackability of gross products and radiopharmaceuticals including clinical aspects. (author)
[en] Many countries, in particular those within the African continent, face increasing energy demands and gaps in supply. Currently, most countries in Africa generate electricity from oil and natural gas. In the future, however, they will be obliged to develop an energy mix strategy in order to fulfil the long-term energy demand of end users. Small- and medium-sized modular nuclear reactor (SMR) technologies, using small quantities of uranium fuel, will be a serious option for many least developed countries (LDCs) within Africa that currently do not yet have a profound knowledge of the entire nuclear power technology field and related technologies. In addition, a growing interest in mining uranium deposits that have smaller resources will grow and even become strategic with regards to cooperation and marketing for both newcomers, expanders and providers of nuclear power services. In the same approach, limitations of pollutant releases from traditional sources of energy and their impacts on climate change will be the in consideration in many politics of development at local and global level. (author)
[en] DFIs should provide financing for SMRs: • More power less carbon will allow the realization of SDG 7 and 13; • Few technologies offer the “strategic potential for the future” of SMRs; • DFIs traditional nuclear policy justification is less applicable to SMRs; •SMR deployment to developing nations is less likely if DFIs refuse to provide financing; •A policy change is needed urgently