During 2016 Meeting of the High-Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, convened in New York under the auspices of ECOSOC between 11-20 July 2016, Permanent Missions of Philippines, Kazakhstan, Austria and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to the United Nations have organized in close collaboration a side event, which took place on 12 July. This gathering was titled “Atoms for Peace and Development – using nuclear science and technology to support the implementation of sustainable development goal 2 (zero hunger) and goal 6 (clean water and sanitation)”.
The main purpose of that side event was to present the work done by the IAEA using nuclear science and technologies to support the implementation of sustainable development goals 2 (zero hunger) and goal 6 (clean water and sanitation) in the Philippines and in Kazakhstan.
In Kazakhstan isotope hydrology has been used successfully for the sustainable management of groundwater. This nuclear technique allows for the national authorities to formulate sound policies for the sustainable management of water resources.
For sixty years the IAEA has been collaborating with its Member States to enlarge and expand the peaceful applications of nuclear science and technologies for the benefit of humanity. The IAEA’s work contributes directly to 9 of the 17 sustainable development goals.