On IAEA’s Agenda:
Development of Nuclear Power and Technology as an Alternative Solution to the Energy Supply Crisis and as a Strategy to Mitigate Climate Change
For the past century the world has been fascinated by nuclear technology, as an alternative to traditional forms of energy production and as a key ingredient in weapons of mass destruction. Thankfully, we seem to be moving away from the more destructive side of nuclear technology, and since the end of the Cold War the sole focus of nuclear scientists has been to tackle the world’s dependence on fossil fuels. In the past 10 years, landmark legislation and agreements have been passed at both the national and international level outlining the very present danger that we as a civilization face if we do not curb the effects of climate change, and the international consensus seems to be that nuclear technology will take part in this revolution.
Despite a near-global agreement that climate change needs to be addressed, and that countries need to make rapid changes to the means by which they generate energy, skeptics of nuclear technology point to historical disasters as evidence of the technology’s incompatibility with the modern world. And this issue has become a tough needle to thread. At this year’s European International Model United Nations conference, the IAEA will discuss the need for a technological revolution when it comes to energy production, and what role nuclear power will play in that future.
Meet Your Chair:
Jan Willem Leeuwma
As the chair of the IAEA council I would like to introduce myself. I am Jan Willem, a history student from the University of Groningen and an active participant in the extracurricular activities next to the study. I am active in University level and national politics. With that, I developed the love of debating and negotiating.
Being active in the MUN societies started not long ago. It started with an invite to the local GrunnMUN conference where I was immediately hooked and joined. Sadly COVID-19 ruined a lot of the experiences, but chairing one of the most amazing councils in a physical setting again is reinvigorating.
Even when I am not actively participating in the political or debating arena, I love to keep track of all things politics. You could say I have made it a hobby of mine. Next to that I love to cook and be creative in the kitchen.
Fun Fact: I like baking my own bread.