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[en] In an era of budget cuts and declining resources, an increased need exists for government agencies to develop formal and informal partnerships. Such partnerships are a means through which government agencies can use their resources to accomplish together what they cannot accomplish on their own. Interagency partnerships may involve multiple government agencies, private contractors, national laboratories, technology developers, public representatives, and other stakeholders. Four elements of strong and healthy interagency partnerships are presented as well as three needs that must be satisfied for the partnership to last. A diagnostic tool to measure the strength of these building blocks within an existing partnership is provided. Tools, techniques, and templates to develop these fundamental elements within a new partnership or to strengthen those within an already existing partnership are presented. This includes a comprehensive template for a partnership agreement along with practical suggestions as membership, operations, and decisions-making. (authors)
[en] The text of the Cooperation Agreement between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the ITER International Fusion Energy Organization is reproduced herein for the information of all Members. The Agreement entered into force on 13 October 2008 pursuant to Article 8
[en] Numerous regulatory and oversight challenges exist in the field of nanobiotechnology. Although these challenges may appear novel and complex, similar issues have plagued environmental regulation since the 1970 s. This article argues that complexity, uncertainty, and regulatory gaps are common problems in environmental regulation, and that the lessons learned and progress made during more than 40 years of environmental regulation can serve as a guidepost for addressing nanobiotechnology regulation and oversight issues.
[en] With the development of the industry, realization of control lists (trigger list and dual-use list) was needed among NSG participating governments (PGs). Past reviews of NSG control items have tended to focus, under separate work endeavors, as either a 'Trigger List exercise' or a 'Dual-Use List exercise.' So, Participating Governments have agreed to conduct a fundamental, comprehensive review of the NSG's technical lists, both the Trigger List (Annex A and Annex B to (INFCIRC/254/Part 1) and the Dual-Use List (Annex to INFCIRC/254/Part 2) in 2009 Budapest NSG plenary. And, in 2010 Christchurch NSG plenary, Terms of Reference that including a detailed schedule and plan was adopted by PGs. This fundamental review will take a 'look at the big picture' to reflect on whether PGs are addressing, in an integrated way, the nuclear proliferation challenges each of the key technical areas face today