The use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes as a way to combat climate change has emerged as a main topic at an international conference that opened in Paris on March 8.

The conference, held by the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), draw the participation of ministers, scientists and producers from 70 countries, including those possessing nuclear technologies and those expecting to access nuclear energy.

Iran and the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) have not been invited to the two-day conference.

At the conference, participants are expected to focus their discussions on how to “use the nuclear energy responsibly” amid the rising energy demand, ways to ensure nuclear material supply and long-term financial sources for nuclear projects.

In addition, the participants discuss legal frameworks to ensure that the nuclear energy is used for peaceful purposes as well as safety issues and the recycling of radioactive waste.

French delegates stressed that access to nuclear energy should not be the exclusive rights of several countries possessing nuclear technologies and nuclear powers should ensure safety at nuclear sites and meet requirements on nuclear non-proliferation./.