A matter brought to discussion in the first day of BISMUN at the UNEP committee was the nuclear energy and the environmental problem. The topic was raised by Belarus, and got everyone’s interest, as it is common point of interest.
The position of the delegate of the USA was straight and clear: energy independence through nuclear power. On the other side of the fence, there was Norway, whose position was rising an alarming sign over the threats that nuclear industry has on the environment.
The position was embraced by most of the states, and, as the delegate of Japan has emphasized, cautions must be taken into consideration. The event that occurred in Japan at the Fukushima reactor reminded the delegates once again, that, even if the nuclear power is a great source of energy which brings a series of advantages to the state who owns it, it is also a big threat to environment, and to human beings.
Even though Belarus faced a similar experience as Japan, namely the disaster of Chernobyl, the nuclear power still remains an important plan for the country, though important security measures will be taken this time.
Nuclear power will not be given up in the future, but, the delegates agreed that if used, everyone should be aware both of the benefits and the threats, and above all, to avoid any disasters, all security measures should be taken.
By Iuliana Cristea, UNEP Press Officer