UAE's MOCCAE, FANR ink agreement to strengthen cooperation in Monitoring Environment and Capacity Building

UAE's MOCCAE, FANR ink agreement to strengthen cooperation in Monitoring Environment and Capacity Building

Abu Dhabi-UAE:- The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment (MOCCAE) and the Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR) inked a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to strengthen cooperation in fields related to climate change and environment.

At a ceremony held at FANR’s headquarters in the presence of His Excellency Dr Thani bin Ahmed Al Zeyoudi, Minister of Climate Change and Environment and His Excellency Abdulla Nasser Al Suwaidi, FANR’s Chairman, His Excellency Sultan Alwan, Assistant Undersecretary of the Regions Sector at MOCCAE and Christer Viktorsson, Director-General of FANR signed the agreement.

According to the MoU, MOCCAE and FANR will strengthen cooperation in different scientific, training and vocational areas, in addition to exchanging expertise. It also entails boosting cooperation in research areas and preparing and developing legislations and regulations related to the presence of radioactive material in the environment.  Furthermore, it covers future cooperation in assessing and measuring the concentration of radioactive materials in natural resources. 

His Excellency Sultan Alwan stressed that the agreement comes within the framework of cooperation among various federal government entities in fields related to climate change and environment with a view to assessing the environment and making projections for the future through leveraging the latest technologies in practical training and capacity building. The cooperation also covers the exchange of expertise and conducting joint research related to radioactive materials, as well as developing related legislations.

Christer Viktorsson, Director General of FANR, said “Since FANR’s establishment in 2009, our mandate has been clear - to protect the people and the environment from nuclear and radiation hazards. This agreement with the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment marks a milestone in strengthening cooperation between our two entities and ultimately enhancing the protection of the people and the environment of the UAE.”


About the UAE Ministry of Climate Change and Environment:

The Ministry of Climate Change and Environment was established in February 2006 as the Ministry of Environment and Water. The Ministry acquired its new name following the UAE Cabinet reshuffle in February 2016 and the subsequent integration of the climate change function.

Under its redefined scope, the Ministry has taken on a dual mandate. On the national level, the Ministry aims to strengthen the UAE’s efforts in preserving the environment and promoting food diversity in accordance with the nation’s aspiration to emerge as a key benchmark for sustainable development. On the global level, the Ministry of Climate Change and Environment is working collaboratively with international stakeholders in combating climate change and highlighting the UAE’s path-breaking achievements in the sector at thought leadership platforms worldwide.

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About FANR:

The Federal Authority for Nuclear Regulation (FANR), setup in 2009, is the regulatory body for the nuclear sector in the United Arab Emirates. FANR regulates all nuclear activities and licenses the use of radioactive sources in the UAE. This includes regulating not only the design, siting, construction, operation and decommissioning of nuclear power plants in the country but also includes regulating radioactive material and radiation sources. FANR controls nuclear safety, security, radiation protection and safeguards, and is committed to enforcing the global accords entered into by the UAE. Learn more at

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