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COMING EVENTS

Bulli High School, class of 1967: A reunion of students who completed year 12 in 1967, is planned for October. We have lost track of some of our classmates and would like to include them. Details: 0439936507 or johvansant0506@gmail.com

Corrimal Region Uniting Church Russell Street, Crusade style Hymn Singing, Duo pianists Jim Powell and Jim Guest. Bring a plate for Afternoon tea. Sunday 19 February 2.30pm

Illawarra Bromeliad Society Inc sale of bromeliads, Saturday, March 11, 2017 9am-3pm, Warilla Neighbourhood Centre, Benaud Street, Warilla.

Literary lunch with author Annette Marfording, Monday, February 20, 11.30am for 12 noon, Level 9 Council Building, Burelli St, Wollongong. Details 42259223.  $25 for members and $30 for non-members

Quota International of the Leisure Coast will be hosting an International  Women’s Day Lunch at The Lagoon Restaurant on Saturday 4th March from 12 noon. Bookings essential. Contact Karen 4262 5358.

‘The Art of Silk’ a painting exhibition by ChiJian Ye, is on at Nan Tien Temple Museum, Tues to Sun, 9am-5pm until 26th April. Tel: 4272 0600.

‘Trivia Night Fundraiser Saturday 18th March,  6.30pm, Shellharbour Club. Run by Illawarra Women’s Health Club to raise funds to support their  on going work in Domestic Violence Programs in the Illawarra area.   Table of ten. $15 per person via www.trybooking.com/255552

Port Kembla Baptist Church will hold a mini-fete on 25th February. Enjoy a sausage sizzle,white elephant,books,plants,cakes,pre-loved clothes and much more.Starting at 8.00am-1.00pm. Crn Illawarra & Cowper Street.Port Kembla.

Quota International of the Leisure Coast will be hosting an International Women’s Day Lunch at The Lagoon Restaurant on Saturday, March 4, from 12 noon. Bookings essential. Tickets: contact Karen 4262 5358.

Shellharbour Salvos Market Day, Cnr Ulster and Leawarra Aves, Barrack Heights, 8am to 12pm, Sat, Feb 25. Cakes, cafe, BBQ and assorted stalls.

Trivia night fund-raiser: Saturday 18th March  6.30pm at Shellharbour Club.  Tables of 10 at $15 per person. Organised by Illawarra Women’s Health Centre to provide programs that support woman who are victims of domestic violence. Tickets from www.trybooking.com/255552.

Woonona-Bulli RSL sub-branch AGM, Sunday, Feb 26, 10am at the RSL Club.

CHILDREN’S GROUPS

2518 Playgroups: Ages 0-6. Tues-Fri, 2 hour playgroups in Corrimal, Bellambi, East Corrimal. Details call Paula 0458 205 002

Balgownie Village Community Centre playgroup: Mon 9.30am for two hours. Details: 4285 3225.

BaptistCare playgroups: Mon, Wed 9:30 to 11:30 at Centre Hill St Warilla. Thu 9-11 at Mt Warrigal PS. Free. Details: 0411 659 698.

Corrimal Playgroup: Fun for babies, children, parents/carers,  Tue, 10am-noon, Corrimal Anglican Church, 121 Princes Hwy. Details: 0401 647 942.

Corrimal Uniting Play: Mon 9.45-11.30am, children under 5 and their parents/carers,  Corrimal Region Uniting Church, fun games, craft and music . Details: 0488 428 360.

Cooinda/ Budda Jitji playgroups: for Koori families. Bellambi, Mt Warrigal, Koonawarra and Port Kembla. 2hr playgroups from 10am.  Details: 4275 8575.

Figtree/Unanderra Playgroup NSW: Tues 9.30-11.30am. 0-6 age. New families welcome. Presbyterian Church hall, Cnr Hargreaves St and Maynes Pde Unanderra

God’s Grommets: Albion Park Uniting Church, Fri 4-6pm, 5-12yr olds, games, music, craft, bbq dinner provided. Details: 0423 521 767.

Horsley Community Centre Playgroup: Wed 10am-noon (excluding school holidays)  $4 per session/family. 82 Bong Bong Road Horsley. Details Email Kirby at Kirby-harding@hotmail.com

Illawarra Toy Library: Over 4000 educational toys for newborns to 7. Tuesday to Thursday 9am-2pm.

Friday by appointment. Direct to door service for childcare institutions. Suite 20A, 102 Princes Hwy, Unanderra. Inquiries welcome  4271 8509 or 0408 979 396

Italian Classes: kindergarten to year 12 students, Monday afternoon, 4-5.30pm. Details: 0402 294 678.

Kids Time playgroups: Bellambi, Warrawong and Berkeley, 2hr playgroups, 10am. Details: 4275 8575

Kids Yoga Class: Ages 3-12. Wed, 3.30pm, 4.15pm; Thurs, 9.15am, Balgownie Community Centre or by appt at preschools, primary schools. Details: 0411 464 222.

Play Connect Playgroup: for children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and their siblings. Mon, 9.30-11.30am, Horsley Community Centre. Details: 1800 171 882.

Play Ranger Dapto: Park-based playgroup. Tuesday, 2hrs from 10am. Details: 4275 8575

Stanwell Park playgroup: Weds 10-noon, Stanwell Park Children’s Centre, Stanwell Ave. 0-5yrs old, $4. Details: 0406 404916

Warrawong Playgroup

Wed 9.15-11.15am (school terms) at Warrawong Public School. Ages 0-6. Details call Dani 0423 791 430.

COMMUNITY CENTRES

Albion Park Youth and Community Care: activities for women, seniors, quilters, Tai Chi, walking, men’s group, heartmoves exercise, computer lessons for seniors. Parkinson’s support and a community garden. Information and referral as well as EAPA vouchers to assist people on low incomes experiencing difficulty paying gas and electricity bills. A youth worker runs activity programs and assists young people. An outreach services provides hearing tests, Weight Watchers, playgroup, child and family counselling and Council Youth Services and Activities.  Details: 4257 3342

Albion Park Rail Neighbourhood Centre:  Ash Avenue has Information support and referrals; assistance with energy accounts; Monday Women’s Craft Group 10am and Monthly Women’s Clinic; Tuesday Overeaters Anonymous support group; Youth drop-in 3pm; Wednesday Playgroup 10am, Youth drop-in 3pm; Thursday Stepping On and FREE Legal advice on civil law matters; Youth Drop-in 3pm; Saturday Alanon 2.30pm. For information phone Danna on 4256 4404

Bellambi Neighbourhood Centre:  Art Classes, Monday night 6.30 til 9.00. Beginners to Advanced, Adults,  High School Students year 11 to 12. Oils, Acrylics, Watercolour, Drawing, Details: call Christine   chris-roy@bigpond.com or ph 4284 3586.

CareWays: Leisure Activities and Skills, Dapto Neighbourhood Centre. Community Breakfast, Scrapbooking, Patchwork and Quilting, Free Legal Aid, Creative Craft, Knit and Knatter, Computers for Beginners, Switched on Seniors computer help, ,help with your tax return. Details: 4262 1918

Corrimal Community Centre: Zumba class Wednesday, 6.30-7.30pm. First Class Free, $10/pp thereafter. Beginnings welcome. Details: 0411099857.

Balgownie Village Community Centre: Tae Kwon Do, Pilates/Yoga, Kids Dance, Kids Drama, Kumon, Kids Soccer and Senior Exercise classes. Details: 4285 3225

Dapto Neighbourhood Centre: cardmaking and papercraft, Mon, 9.30-1pm, 16yrs and over for people with a passion for papercraft. Cost: $10 yearly CareWays fee plus $8 per week.

Horsley Community Centre: Book Exchange – bring a book to take a book; Garden Group; Playgroup: Every Wednesday 10am-12pm (Email Sandy at sandee013@icloud.com). 82 Bong Bong Road Horsley., Details: carlyp@careways.org.au

Thirroul Neighbourhood Centre: Activities, games, quilting, social groups for a fee of $2 a week, $20 membership. Free community lunch, community pantry, work and development orders to help pay fines. Op Shop. Northern Illawarra Youth Project. Details: 4267 2500.

Unanderra Community Centre: information and referrals, hall hire, food parcels, free home cooked meal, transport vouchers for the disadvantaged, computer classes, mental health recovery discovery group, senior activity group, gardening group, combined pensioners, cyber club, Women 50+ Fitness. Details: 4271 2213.

Warilla Neighbourhood Centre Inc, Mon: Financial Counselling, Youth drop in, Tues: Line Dancing Wed: Financial Counselling, Youth Drop in, Older women’s craft network. Thurs: Legal Aid, Family Law..Exercise by Dance. Fri:  Womens Craft, JP Daily by appointment. Call for the date of the next Intro to Computers.P: 42963433 E.Community@wncwarill.ngo.org.au

DANCE

Sequence dancing: 25 venues around Illawarra each month. Day and evening dances. Couples and singles welcome. Details loutiz.net or email illawarradancing@gmail.com.

Wongawilli Colonial Dance Club: Wed, 8pm, Wongawilli Community Hall, West Dapto. All welcome. $4. Details: 4296 7780.

Westside Rockers Social Dance Club dance night, February 17, 8pm at The Builders Club. The band will be ROC-A-TAC. 

GROUPS

Art classes: Learn how to create beautiful and original hand prints. Small friendly classes commencing Wed 15/2 and Thurs 16/2 at Thirroul Community Centre and Library. Details: 42 845241 or amhayes@aapt.net.au

Australian Air League Albion Park: Seeking new cadets, meets 6.30pm-8.30pm, Tue, Tullimbar Public School. Ages 8 and up. Details: 0412 077 304.

Australian Sewing Guild: meets 1st Tue of the month, Corrimal Community Centre, 10am – 3pm. Details: 4227 2287.

Balgownie Heritage School Museum, open 2nd Sunday of the month, 11am-4pm. If you grew up in Balgownie we would like hear your story. Contact E. Woods 4283 4070.

Beachside Ladies Probus Club: Meets 1st Mon of month, Gainsborough Community Centre, 9.45am – noon. Details: 4237 7714.

Brahma Kumaris meditation, Thursday, Feb 16, meditation 7pm Talk: 7.30-8.30pm. Topic: Meditation and Daily living. 41 Brentwood Avenue, Figtree. Ph: (02) 4227 2241

Corrimal Garden Club: meets 2nd Tue of the month, Uniting Church Hall, Corrimal. 10am. Details: 0408 164 868.

Dapto Garden Club: meets 4th Wed monthly, 10am, Uniting Church Hall. Details: 4262 5229.

Dapto VIEW Club: meets 3rd Thursday of mth, Dapto Leagues Club, 10am. New Ladies welcome. Details: 4261 1622.

Dragon boating on Lake Illawarra. Seeking new members. Contact SUDU: 04014724274 for details.

Enz Meet Cafe: Grow in friendship over free lunch, coffee, live music, Wed, 11-1pm, Corrimal Region Uniting Church Hall. Details: 4284 3605.

etc…:  support group for families affected by suicide. 1st Tues mthly, 6pm-8pm, Salvation Army, level 3, 11–13 Burelli St, Wollongong. Info:4229 1079.

Fairness in Child Support meets on Thursday, March 2, 2017 at 7.30pm at Coniston Community Hall. Ring 0415 899 574 for details.

Fairy Meadow Evening View Club: meets 2nd Tues of mth, Fraternity Club, Fairy Meadow at 7pm. Details 4243 1417

Harbourside Artists, members of Wollongong Traditional Arts Society will display paintings at the Belmore Basin, Cliff Rd, on Sundays, Feb, 8am to 4 pm weather permitting.  Enquiries. Anne 0242672556

Illawarra Bird Observers Club: Meet 2nd Mon of month, Fairy Meadow Community Hall, 7.30pm. Details: 4284 8230.

Illawarra Breakfast Poets: Wed, 7am-9am, Coniston Community Hall. Details: 0411 107 000.

Illawarra Bridge Association: Figtree or Thirroul, sessions during week and Sat.  Regular lessons too. Details; 4285 1971. Lighthearted bridge tutorials on Thursday mornings at our clubroom in Figtree Park. Be there by 9.30, cost $5. Details phone John on 0438 538 393.

Illawarra Bromeliad Society:  Meet 1st Sat of mth, noon, Ribbonwood Centre, Dapto. Growers and guest speakers provide expert advice, growing information. Details: 4272 4110.

Illawarra Cancer Carers Crafters: meet Fridays, Dapto Showground 9am. Stall and free morning tea held once a month. Free bus available for groups. Details: 4261 4130.

Illawarra Country Women’s Association (CWA) Info regarding your nearest branch, meeting days and times, contact Mrs Jan McKenzie (42562142) or Mrs Lyn Haynes (42266787)

Illawarra Dragon Boat Club: Wed, 5.30pm, Sat/Sun 8am. Details: 0409 910 947.

Illawarra Family History Group: Free family history research sessions, Wed, Fri, 9.30am-noon, Wollongong Library. Details: illawarrafhg.blogspot.com.au

Illawarra Lace Makers: Fri, 10am-2pm (not school hols), Horsley Community Centre, $8, morning tea incl. Details: illawarralace2530@gmail.com.

Illawarra Outdoor Club: caters for singles, couples and people new to the Illawarra. Details: www.ioc.org.au or 4297 4177.

Illawarra OWN Wellness Centre for women over the age of 45 who are trying to maintain an active lifestyle, Coniston Community Centre (school term only), our activities include a walking group, classes in Tai Chi, International Folk Dancing, Gentle Exercise, Fitness Training, and Drumming on Monday, Thai Yoga and Ukulele on Tuesday. Contact Barbara Malcolm. 0406-627 493  for information/Brochure.

Illawarra PC User Group. Meets 2nd Friday, 7:30 pm  and 4th Saturday, 1:00 pm each month (Feb to Nov), Unanderra Community Hall. Problem solving and “One to one” Help Group,  meets Mondays (Not Pub.Hol.) 9:30 to 11:30 am. Details:  www.illawarrapcug.org.au

Illawarra Ramblers Club: Bushwalking, bike riding and kayaking activities most days. Details: illawarraramblers.com.au

Illawarra Rosicrucians AMORC: 3rd Sat, noon – 2pm, all welcome. Unanderra Community Hall. Details: 0439 809 523, www.amorc.org.au.

Illawarra VIEW Club: meets at Murphy’s Bar and Grill, Unanderra, 1st Tue of month, 11am. followed by lunch and a guest speaker. Details: 4295 4799.

International Folk Dancing, Gentle and Fitness Exercise classes, Thai Yoga, Drumming and Ukulele. Details: 0406 627 493

Italian Classes for kindergarten to year 6 students. Monday afternoon 4-5.30pm. Classes for adults on Tuesday and Wednesday evening. Details: 0242251144  0407932316

Kiama–Shellharbour Camera Club: Meets 7:30pm, 1st and 3rd Wed of month, Warilla Recreation and Bowling Club, Barrack Heights. Details: www.kscameraclub.org

Kiama Toastmasters: Kiama Leagues Club 1st and 3rd Tues, 7pm. Details: 4232 2573

Learn Mandarin Chinese: class, group and/or individual. Details: 0418 284 503.

Live Drawing sessions: every Wednesday at Project Contemporary Artspace 5.45pm for 6pm start. $10 Members, $15 casual guests. No booking req’d. BYO materials, snacks, drinks and an open mind. 18+ only. Contact: info@projectgallery.com.au

Living English Classes: Free classes for beginners to advanced. Thursdays, 12.45pm-2.45pm during school terms, Corrimal Region Uniting Church. Details: 4284 4033

Manna from Heaven: Thu, 5pm, Figtree Anglican Church. Providing food, friendship, hope. Bus picks up at Unanderra station at 5pm. Details: 4272 1322.

Multicultural Meals on Wheels: Details: Cresaline 4229 7566. Roster details: Kiama, 4232 3735; Port Kembla, 4274 8230; Wollongong, 4226 5869; Northern Illawarra, 4285 6126.

New Steps: support group for divorced, separated and single again meets first and third Monday of month, Southern Life Care, Albion Park, 7pm-8.30pm. Details: 4256 8898

NSW Justice’ Association: Wollongong branch meeting, 1st Tues monthly. Past and present Justices of the peace welcome. Illawarra Masters Builders Club, Wollongong. Details: 0421 907 333

NSW Justices’ Association: JPs available to sign documents, from 10am to 1pm 1st Thurs of the mth at Thirroul Library. Wollongong Library:1st Sat of the mth. Dapto Mall: 2nd Sat of the mth and 3rd Wed of the mth. Details: 0421 907 333.

Parameadows Ex-Students Group: Volunteers needed. Fortnightly. Wed, 7pm-9pm. Social night for adults with disabilities. Details: 0417 651 862.

Polish language classes: Fri 5-7pm. Polish folk dancing classes: for children Fri 7 – 8pm; for youth, Mon 7:30- 9:30 pm. Polish Australian History Group 2nd Thu of the month – 6pm. Polish Centre, Gwynneville. Details: 4228 8803.

Port Kembla Hospital Auxiliary:Hospital. Stall: 9 am  Friday 17th February. Contact: 42613520,  4274-4323

Port Kembla Men’s Group: Wed, 9am-3pm, Community Project Hall, Port Kembla. Projects, gardening and courses. Details: 0416 549 558.

Project Contemporary Artspace: Life Drawing every Wednesday. Amazing cardboard installation of Translacia with Art Jams and Creative Play Space. Meet artists in their pop-up studios. Wed-Sun10-5. Expressions of interest being taken for Artisan Markets. Check Facebook for event details or call 0402 904 708

Quota Leisure Coast is a women’s service group focusing on the needs of disadvantaged women and children, speech and hearing and the hearing impaired.  Meets 7pm, 2nd Tue of month, Murphy’s Bar and Grill, Princes Hwy, Unanderra. Visitors welcome. Details: quota.leisurecoast@gmail.com or 0438 817 320.

Radio Operators at Marine Rescue: seeks volunteers to be trained in rescue work. Induction meetings on last Wed of the month at 6pm, Marine Rescues boat base, Foreshore Road, Port Kembla. Bring ID. Details: 4274 4455.

Red Cross Fairy Meadow/Wollongong will meet at F.M. Uniting Church hall, Daisy St, Fairy Meadow on February 15 at 9:30am. Enquiries 42294840. New members welcome.

Red Point Artists art classes: 100 Wentworth St, Port Kembla. Tue 1-4pm; evening drawing Wed 6-9pm; Still Life Thu 4pm; Mon drop in art class 9.30-1pm or 1-4pm. Details: www.redpoint.org.au or 0422 398 269.

See Change is for families of those impacted by Drugs and Alcohol and/or Mental Health issues.  Wednesdays 10.30am-12.30pm, March 29 – May 3, The Salvation Army, level 3, 11 – 13 Burelli St, Wollongong.  Bookings essential 4229 1079.

Shared Sentence: Support for families with a loved one in jail or on parole. First Mon of month, 5-6.30pm, Salvation Army, Burelli St, Wollongong. Details: 4229 1079.

Southern Youth Group: Fun for high schoolers. Friday 7-9pm, Southern Life Care, Albion Park. $3. Details: 0448 877 610.

Street by Street Project: seeks people to turn streets into communities through social activities. Details: 0413 706 233 or www.streetbystreet.org.au

Tennis players needed:, men & women for Tues night social games. Farmborough Heights Community Tennis Club. Enquiries 0411 464 159.

Thirroul Happy Wanderers: Meet alternate Tuesday’s Thirroul Community Centre. Monthly day trips, holiday trips. Details: 4267 4413.

Thirroul Toastmasters: Woonona Bulli RSL Club, 1st and 3rd Tue of the month, 7.30pm. Details: 4283 3951

Transport Authority Retired Employees: Meets 3rd Mon of month, Thirroul Bowling Club. Details: 4284 5597.

UOW Alumni Bookshop, used books at very cheap prices. Open 10.30-2.30 every Saturday in the Nissen Hut  north end of the Innovation Campus Fairy Meadow.

Very Important Families: support group for parents and other relatives with family members on the destructive path of substance abuse. Last Tuesday monthly, 7pm-9.30pm, Salvation Army, 11 – 13 Burelli St, Wollongong 4229 1079.

Volunteers needed: The Tea Shoppe, The Church on the Mall, Wollongong. Details: 0433 430 634.

Wollongong 500 Club: meets Mon, 1pm for cards, upstairs at the Collegian’s Club, Wollongong. New members welcome.

Wollongong Daytime Toastmasters. Enjoy yourself and improve your communication and public speaking skills at Balgownie Collegians Rugby League Club each Tuesday 10.30am to 12.30pm. Contact 0419 495 179.

Wollongong Traditional Arts Society: Meets Old Court House, 2nd Wed of month, 10am. Visitors welcome.

Wollongong WEA Film Society: Screens films of critical appeal from silent classics onward. 7.15pm, Wednesdays. Details: 4229 6716.

HEALTH

ACON Regional outreach: Here for LGBTI health. 0437 891 397.

Albion Park Al-Anon Support Group: Meet Sat, 2.30pm, Albion Park Rail Community Centre.

Al-Anon  12- step program for families and friends of drinkers: Monday 7pm, Berkeley Neighbourhood Centre

Winnima Way, Berkeley (opp. 53 Winnima Way) Details: 0411 524 539.

Alcoholics Anonymous: Problems with alcohol, can’t stay stopped? AA South Coast can help. Details: 4285 6788.

Arthritis and Osteoporosis NSW Wollongong branch meets second Tuesday of each month (Feb-Nov) at 10am-12.30pm, St Mark’s Anglican Church, Crown St, West Wollongong. Info: Vicki 4284 3249.

Carer Education Program in Shellharbour is a 3 day program for carers of people with disability, chronic illness, mental illness, dementia and frail aged on Tuesdays 28th Feb, 7th and 14th March 9.30am to 2.30pm. Learn about services and supports for carers, carer health and wellbeing, and meet other carers.  Free. Lunch included. Phone 4253 4501 for bookings or email gabriela.martinez@health.nsw.gov.au.

Corrimal Anxiety Disorder Support Group: Meets 6.30pm, 1st Wed of the month, Corrimal Community Centre. For people with anxiety disorders, their friends and family. For over 18s, not suitable for people with Schizophrenia or PTSD. Details: Rachel 9339 6013 or supportgroups@wayahead.org.au.

Could it be HIV?: Get tested. Call for free and confidential appointment. Details: 4223 8457 or 1800 451 624.

Crohns and Ulcerative Colitis: Illawarra Support Group,  If you require further information or assistance 1800 138 029 or info@crohnsandcolitis.com.au

CVIP Inc: for information and activities for the blind or vision impaired. Diggers 10.30 1st Wednesday of each month. Ph 42712050 or 4284 7744.

Dapto Anxiety Disorder Support Group: meets 6pm, 2nd Mon of the month, Dapto Ribbonwood Community Centre. Open to people with Anxiety Disorders, their friends and family for over 18s, not suitable for people with schizophrenia or PTSD). Details: 9339 6013 or supportgroups@wayahead.org.au.

Friends of Wollongong Hospital: seeks volunteers to provide services to patients. Details: 4222 5696.

Healing Rooms Albion Park: Fri 11am-2pm, 87 Terry St. Come to this safe, caring and confidential environment to receive prayer for healing. Details: 0407 961 622 or 0447 418 363.

Illawarra Breast Cancer Survivors Group meets on the 2nd Tuesday of each month. St Peter & Paul Catholic Church Hall, Manning Street, Kiama, 10am to 12 noon. Info: ring Moira Tel 4234 0324 or Mob 0429 340 234.

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre: has new groups to assist women in dealing with anxiety, stress, loneliness, anger management, dissolving dramas, self-worth, dealing with difficult people, dementia, quit smoking, plus self-massage for arthritis, drumming, Indian cooking classes, pelvic floor exercise, meditation. Ring 42556800.

Lymphoedema Support Clinic: Illawarra Cancer Carers help cancer patients manage lymphoedema, free clinic, second Fri, Feb-Nov, Dapto Ribbonwood Centre. Appointments. Details: 4256 5019 or 0423 135 342.

Mental Health First Aid teaches skills for adults to give initial help to adults experiencing mental health problems. Wednesdays 9.30am – 4.30pm, 5 & 12 April, The Salvation Army, level 3, 11 – 13 Burelli St, Wollongong.  Cost $50. Bookings essential 4229 1079.

North Illawarra Stroke Recovery Support Group: 1st Thur, 10.30am, (Feb-Nov) Woonona Bulli RSL: Bus outing 2nd Thurs. Meet other stroke recovery people, bring your carer along. Details: President Barbara 42845668 or Cynthia 42287517

Overeaters Anonymous: Monday 7.30-8.30pm, Wollongong, St. Michael’s Anglican Church, Details: 0408 420 618  Thursday  7.30-8.30pm, Wollongong telephone meeting, Details: 0408 420 618

Overeaters Anonymous: Tue 6.30-7.30pm, Albion Park Rail Community Centre. A 12-step recovery group for anyone wanting to recover from compulsive eating.  Details: 4295 7473.

Pilates Yoga Fitness classes at Fairy Meadow Surf Club; Mon 7:30pm Wed 9:30am & 5:30pm Fri 9:30am.

Balgownie Community Centre: Tues 6:15pm & 7:30pm. Call Pat 0421 482 770.

Southern Illawarra Stroke Support Group: Meet other people recovering from stroke. 2nd Tue monthly, 10.30am, Albion Park Bowling Club. Outing, 4th Tue each month. Details: 4271 3807 or 0421 757 323.

North Illawarra Stroke Support Group: 10.30am, 1st Thu of  month – Feb/Nov, Woonona Bulli RSL, bus outing 2nd Thu mthly. Come and join us and meet other Stroke Recovery People. Details: 4284 5668

Vision Australia Wollongong: for people who are blind or have low vision. No cost, no wait list, home visits available and lots of equipment for sale. Details: 4220 4300

MUSIC

Illawarra Festival Chorus Inc: Practice every Monday 7pm-9pm at the OES Hall, Denison Street, Wollongong.  No experience necessary.  All most welcome. Details: 4285 0573

Illawarra Recorder Association: Come and play the recorder, 3rd Sat of the month (Feb 18), 1pm-4pm. Details: 4227 5637 or illawarrarecorderassociation@gmail.com

Illawarra Union Singers: meets Thu 6-8pm, Diggers Club, Wollongong. All welcome! No auditions, no experience required…just enthusiasm! Details: 0448 429 623.

Illawarra Women’s Health Centre: Has drumming, ukulele, musical moments groups. Details: 4255 6800.

SilvertO.W.N.s Ladies Choir: Rehearsals every Fri, Woonona School of Arts, 12.30-2.30pm. New members welcome, no experience needed. Details: 4367 3753.

South Coast Country Music Association: have-a-go-night every Wed. Music workshop 6pm, followed by Have-A-Go  from 6.45pm. $2 includes tea, coffee and biscuits. Singers, guitarists, drummers all welcome.  Harry Graham Drive, Mt.Kembla Heights. Details: www.sccma.asn.au or 4272 1029

Teachers  Music Concert, 45 Irvine Street, Kiama, Sunday 19th February, 2pm. This event is being held by the Music Teachers’ Association of NSW Illawarra Branch.  Admission will be by voluntary donation. Afternoon tea provided, all are welcome to attend. As seating is limited, please advise of your intentions.  Email illawarra@musicnsw.com.au or Mobile 0438-098-347

Wollongong Harmony Chorus: Sing in four-part harmony, women who love to sing.  Wed, 7.30pm-10pm, Farmborough Road Public School Hall. Visitors welcome. Details: 4228 0982  or wollongongharmony.org.au

Wollongong Welsh Choir: practice Thursday 7.30-9.30pm, University of Wollongong, Building 25 R 107. The choir is looking for new members, contact Paul Sharrad on 0428 790 378.

OP SHOPS

Berkeley Life Centre Op Shop: Mon-Fri, 9.30am-4.30pm, cnr Parkway Ave/Winnima Way, Berkeley. Pre-loved clothes, bric-a-brac, books, linen.  Details: 0411 357 460.

Corrimal Uniting Church Op Shop: 165 Princes Highway. Mon-Fri. 10-4. Tel 42845356.

Dapto Anglican Church Op Shop: Dandaloo Shopping Centre, Brownsville Ave, Brownsville 10am 4 pm Monday to Friday, 9.30am to 2.30pm Sat. Ph: 426L4435

Dapto Uniting Church Op-Shop: Mon-Fri 9am – 3.30pm, Sat 9am – noon. Adjacent to the car park off Osbourne Street behind the Dapto Hotel.

Port Kembla Baptist Church: Pre-loved clothes,  every Wed, Thurs, 9am-12.30pm  (except school hols) , cnr Illawarra/Cowper sts, Port Kembla.

SENIORS

Berkeley Seniors Group: Weekly card game, Berkeley Neighbourhood centre, 9.30-12pm. Details: 4272 2840.

CPSA Corrimal: Corrimal Library: Craft classes, learn to knit or crochet (Mon 9am to noon); Indoor bowls (Tue 9 am to noon); fortnightly meetings (Thu 10.30am – noon); excursions bi monthly. Details: 42836752, 4284 9250.

CPSA Dapto Seniors caters for all pensioners and superannuants. Meetings are held fortnightly at Heininger House next to the Ribbonwood Centre on the Princes Highway in Dapto but there are activities every day of the week. New members are always made welcome, for more details visit www.daptoseniors.org.au or phone 4261 5646 or 4274 4182

CPSA Warilla: Meets 1st Wed of the month, 69 Benaud Cres, Warilla 10am. Details: 4296 8314 or 4296 2873.

Dapto Seniors Concert Group: Meets Mon, 12.30pm, Ribbonwood Centre. New performers and singers always welcome to join. Details: 4261 5646

Dapto William Beach Seniors Club: Meet Fridays at the Dapto Ribbonwood Centre at 9.30am till 1.30pm. Pop in for a cuppa. Details: 0421 907 333

Illawarra Women’s Centre workshops: Calm Reactions; Talk and Listen; Tai Chi class for arthritis; restorative yoga; carers support group; plus COTA talk on services available for the elderly. Details: 4255 6800.

Mt. Pleasant Seniors: meet Fri 10-1pm, Balgownie Hall. Details: 4285 3024.

NIU3A (Northern Illawarra University 3rd Age) will be having their first meeting for 2017 and talks beginning 1st Feb 2017. Thirroul library. Excelsior room.  Small interest groups at other times and venues. Film group, book discussions, exercise groups, drawing, reading aloud. contact janicecreenaune@gmail.com for further information.

Oak Flats Senior Citizens: Meet 1st Mon monthly at 43-45 Griffiths St, Oak Flats, everyone welcome. Please check out our activities Details: paulinecurry37@gmail.com

Off Our Rockers: (OORf) is for grandparents and other relatives raising children. 1st Tue monthly (over 50s) and 3rd Tue monthly 10.30am-12.30pm, Salvation Army, Burelli St, Wollongong. Details: 4229 1079.

Older Women’s Network: 1st and 3rd Thurs, 10.30am-12.30pm, Corrimal Community Centre. Details: 4284 8120.

Seniors computer classes and carpet bowls: Computer classes, beginner to intermediate, Tue, Wed, Thurs. Carpet bowls, Tue morn, Bulli Senior Citizens Hall. Details: 4285 0136 or 0422 129 829.

Shellharbour City U3A: Meets Tue, 2pm, cnr Bradman Ave/King St, Lake Illawarra (old Catholic Church). Guest speakers each week (school term). Courses available for all tastes, our website Shellharbour City U3A gives all information on activities. Details: 4244 2547.

Stanwell Park U3A: Mon, 9.30am, Hillcrest House, Stanwell Park. Details: 42943475.

Wollongong U3A meets Mon 9.30-1pm and Thur with a Topical talk 9.30-10.30am. A Topical Talk, 11-12 midday and classic/vintage movies 1-4pm, Salvation Army Centre, Burelli St Wollongong. Details: 4262 8429, 0422 068 627 or Wollongong.u3anet.org.au

Young @ Heart: (over 50s) for morning tea, variety of social activities, guest speakers, outings, devotions. First Tue monthly, 10am-noon. Salvation Army, Burelli St, Wollongong. Details: 4227 2994.

SERVICE CLUBS

Dapto RSL Sub Branch: Meets first Monday of the month, RSL Memorial Hall, Bong Bong Road, Dapto at 7.30pm. New members welcome.

Lions Club Wollongong: Alternate Thurs, Collegians, Balgownie. Details: jmcgowan7@bigpond.com

Quota International of the Leisure Coast is a women’s service group focusing on the needs of disadvantaged women and children, speech and hearing and the hearing impaired and meets 7pm, second Tuesday each month at Murphy’s Bar and Grill, 179 Princes Hwy, Unanderra. Visitors most welcome. Details: quota.leisurecoast@gmail.com or 0438 817 320

Rotary Club of Corrimal: meets Weds, 6pm upstairs, Fraternity Club Fairy Meadow. Details: www.corrimalrotary.org.au

Rotary Club of Fairy Meadow: Mon, 6pm, The Builders Club, Church St. Visitors welcome. Details: 0401 465 898.

 Rotary Club of Wollongong – meets every 2nd Wednesday  7 to 8am  – Details 0412 120 314 and facebook.

Shellharbour City Rotary Club: Meets every Wednesday at 6:30pm at Warilla Bowling Club – Details 0431 975 345

West Wollongong Rotary Club meets Centro CBD, Wollongong, Wed 6-8pm.  Details: westwollongongrotary.org.au or 0419403699.

Woonona Lions Club: Meets every 2nd Monday 6.30pm at Woonona Bulli RSL. Details: 4261 4130.

General Information

Fourth Committee Approves Text Supporting Scientific Body’s Plans for Conducting Its Programme of Work

Members also Conclude General Debate on Review of Special Political Missions

While the findings of the 2013 report on Japan’s 2011 Fukushima Daiichi nuclear accident remained valid, the long-term incidence of cancer among its victims required further consideration, speakers said today, as the Fourth Committee (Special Political and Decolonization) approved a draft resolution on the effects of atomic radiation.

By the terms of that draft resolution “The Effects of Atomic Radiation” (document A/C.4/71/L.5), approved without a vote, the General Assembly would support the intentions and plans of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation for the conduct of its programme of work, in particular its next periodic global surveys of radiation exposure.

The Assembly would also, by other terms, request that the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) continue actively to support the Scientific Committee’s work and the dissemination of its findings, within existing resources.  It would further encourage Member States to make voluntary contributions to UNEP’s general trust fund and to make in-kind contributions to support the Scientific Committee.

Prior to its annual general debate on the topic, the Committee heard a statement by Yoshiharu Yonekura, Chair of the Scientific Committee, who also presented the report of that body’s sixty-third session.  He noted that, in order to address topics that were part of the Scientific Committee’s long-term strategic plan, it would establish standing working groups, invite experts and enhance liaison with other entities.  That would entail changes and a larger membership, which should increase the Special Committee’s ability to conduct its scientific, he said.

He said that experts continuously reviewed new literature published since the Scientific Committee’s 2013 report on exposure to and effects due to the Fukushima Daiichi accident.  While a white paper consolidating updates to the report would be formally presented in November, the findings from the 2013 report remained valid, he said, adding that there was no evidence of thyroid cancer rates attributable to exposure.

Ukraine’s representative, however, taking the floor during the general debate, said that an increased incidence of thyroid cancer among victims would require further consideration because of its long-term effects which, based on Ukraine’s estimates from the Chernobyl tragedy, had begun approximately four years after that accident.  The most important lesson learned from Chernobyl was the need to bring about lasting improvements in nuclear and radiation safety around the world, he noted.

Iran’s representative welcomed any measures aimed at strengthening and enhancing the Scientific Committee’s efforts, stressing that no financial, political or logistical issues should prevent interested Member States possessing a high level of expertise and scientific potential from becoming members.  Iran possessed the requisite high-level expertise, knowledge and scientific potential, he pointed out, adding that it was interested in becoming a member of the Scientific Committee and had addressed a formal letter to the Secretary-General in that regard.

The representative of Bangladesh said his country wished to broaden the scope of its engagement and would also welcome the opportunity to serve as a member of an enlarged Scientific Committee, considering its long-running and growing experience and expertise in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Japan’s representative submitted the draft resolution for action by the Committee.

The Committee also concluded its consideration of the comprehensive review of special political missions.

Also speaking today were representatives of Argentina, Mexico, Pakistan, Cuba, Iraq, India, Venezuela, China, Libya and Eritrea, as well as an observer for the European Union.

The Fourth Committee will reconvene at 3 p.m. on Monday, 31 October, to take up the report of the Special Committee to Investigate Israeli Practices Affecting the Human Rights of the Palestinian People and Other Arabs of the Occupied Territories.

Background

Before the Committee was the report of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation at its sixty-third session (document A/71/46) — held from 27 June to 1 July 2016 — and a related draft resolution titled “Effects of atomic radiation” (document A/C.4/71/L.5).

Opening Remarks

YOSHIHARU YONEKURA (Japan), Chair of the United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation (UNSCEAR), introduced the report, recalling that more than 120 scientists had participated in the session.  The occasion had been used to launch the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) booklet, with four approved scientific annexes, he said.  The report updated the scientific methodology used to estimate exposure to radiation, and it was now more robust and suited to estimating exposure to routine discharges.

Concerning exposure to tritium, he said workers were mostly exposed to it in the operation of nuclear reactors and other industrial installations.  Statistical models could estimate the distribution of tritiated water in the human body but not at the cellular level, and one could not, therefore, draw firm conclusions about the carcinogenic effects of that substance, he said, adding, however, that its accumulation in the organic components of foodstuffs warranted further investigation.  Noting that workers’ exposure was also caused by mining activities and by the use of uranium as a nuclear fuel, he said the Scientific Committee had concluded that there were no clinically significant pathologies resulting from exposure to depleted uranium in munitions.

On the Scientific Committee’s 2013 report on exposure to and effects due to the nuclear accident following the 2011 great East Japan earthquake and tsunami, he said the expert group continuously reviewed new literature published since the report.  While a white paper consolidating updates to the report would be formally presented in Japan in November, the findings from the 2013 report remained valid, he said, adding that there was no evidence of thyroid cancer rates attributable to exposure.  The Scientific Committee had been focusing on outreach in order to share the report’s findings with those to whom they were of most value.

He went on to state that UNEP’S booklet for distribution to the public was being translated into other official languages, a task to be completed by the end of year.  The Scientific Committee’s current strategic plan covered the period 2014—2019, and it had agreed that its long-term strategic plan would focus on the health effects of low-dosage biological actions, among other topics.  In order to address those topics, the Scientific Committee would establish standing working groups, invite experts and enhance liaison with other bodies, he said.  That would imply changes and an increase in the membership, which should increase its ability to conduct scientific work.

Interactive Dialogue

With the floor open for discussion, the representative of China said that his country and the United States had formally established a nuclear security centre, and asked whether the Committee had contacted the Centre yet.

Mr. YONEKURA said that the Scientific Committee solely focused on the effects of atomic radiation.

Statements

ANNE KEMPPAINEN, European Union, said that the work and assessments undertaken by the Scientific Committee had played an important role in improving international scientific understanding regarding levels of exposure to ionizing radiation and its effects.  The bloc noted the confirmation of assumptions and findings relating to the Fukushima Daiichi accident and welcomed the Scientific Committee’s cautious approach to epidemiological studies on radiation effects and its intention to publish a dedicated document on quality criteria in that domain.  It also welcomed the completion of the evolution relating to radiation exposure from electricity generation, as well as radiation doses, risks and effects from internally deposited tritium and radionuclides of uranium.

MARTÍN GARCÍA MORITÁN (Argentina), drawing attention to the Scientific Committee’s recent estimations, said the main radiological impacts did not emanate from nuclear reactors but from other sources.  In that regard, it was essential to determine adequate national electricity production technologies.  Concerning the Scientific Committee’s conclusions on the effects of internal emitters, he said the international standards for protection against tritium radiation were adequate, and expressed hope that United Nations specialized agencies would take note of the Scientific Committee’s conclusions.

RODOLFO DIAZ (Mexico) emphasized that preventing the humanitarian impact of radiation must be at the centre of global efforts, noting that his country had participated in various initiatives aimed at contributing meaningfully to discussions of that effort.  In seeking progress, it was critical to use the latest technologies and communications tools, and to disseminate information in order to raise public awareness.  Citing an example, he said Argentina and Spain had created a joint project, translating the document “Radiation:  Effects and Sources”.

SAIMA SAYED (Pakistan) noted that scientists and researchers around the world were trying to find ways in which to harness nuclear energy, but, following disastrous accidents, the world had also become aware of its devastating negative side effects.  As such, nations were now sensitized to the need for extreme caution while handling that resource.  Meanwhile, the use of nuclear technology was increasing rapidly in the production of electricity and in applications using radioactive sources in the health, agriculture, industry, research and development spheres.  Pakistan followed best international practices so as to ensure the safety and security of its nuclear installations, she said, adding that radioactive sources and nuclear materials were used within the country for peaceful purposes.

NADIA ARREDONDO PICO (Cuba) noted that on issues such as cancer epidemiology associated with low rates of radiation and risks from exposure, the Scientific Committee’s work could be used in order to adopt standards of protection from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation.  She also called for the adoption of an international legal instrument to ensure the total elimination of all weapons of mass destruction, including nuclear weapons, describing current legislation as inadequate and emphasizing that it fell to Member States to guarantee that nuclear energy was used solely for peaceful purposes.  She said Cuba had supported Ukraine through the Tarara Humanitarian Programme for the rehabilitation of thousands of child radiation victims of the 1986 nuclear accident at Chernobyl.  The project had made a significant scientific impact because the information gathered had been distributed to international bodies.

ILNYTSKYI OLEKSIY (Ukraine), associating himself with the European Union, emphasized the necessity of continuing to assess the levels and effects of exposure to radiation due to the nuclear accident following the great east Japan earthquake and tsunami.  An increased incidence of thyroid cancer among victims required further consideration because of its long-term effects which, based on Ukraine’s estimates from the Chernobyl tragedy, had begun approximately four years after the accident.  He noted that on 26 April, Ukraine had marked the thirtieth anniversary of the Chernobyl accident, and that 2016 had been declared a year of remembrance.  Recalling that more than 2,300 towns and villages had been contaminated with radioactive materials, he said more than 1.9 million Ukrainians were recognized as “suffered persons”.

He went on to state that efforts were under way to build a new, safe confinement area to protect the population and environment from the destroyed power unit.  The most important lesson learned from Chernobyl was the need to bring about lasting improvements in nuclear and radiation safety around the world.  The practical and theoretical knowledge gained from the accident had been used widely by the expert community to address the causes and consequences of the Fukushima Daiichi accident, he said, adding that a number of important national projects on decommissioning and radioactive waste management had been successfully implemented in Ukraine through the Technical Cooperation Programme of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Mr. QASIM (Iraq) said that in order to mitigate the effects of radiation, it was crucial to share recent developments and raise public awareness.  Ensuring radiation protection and nuclear safety was a global responsibility, he said, emphasizing that there was only one world in which to live.  Cognizant of the effects of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, Iraq stood ready to contribute to global efforts, he said, pointing out that his country was still suffering from the effects of such weapons.

SRINIVAS PRASAD (India) said there was insufficient evidence of an increase in hereditary effects of radiation, such as chromosomal instability or congenital malformation in the offspring of exposed parents.  That inference was strongly supported by the data published by Indian scientists on thousands of new-born children in high-level natural radiation areas of the Kerala coast.  Regarding studies on possible iodine intake and the detection of increased nodes in Japanese children, he said the findings might be the result of the aggressive and extensive scanning carried out among such children.

MOHAMMED REZA SAHRAEI (Iran), welcoming any measures aimed at strengthening and enhancing the Scientific Committee’s efforts, said that an increase in its membership would allow interested countries to contribute to its work.  The membership’s composition should observe the principle of equitable geographic distribution, he said, emphasizing that no financial, political or logistical issues should prevent interested Member States possessing a high level of expertise and scientific potential from becoming members.  Interested countries should be represented by their most highly qualified scientists, he said, adding that in light of Iran’s possession of the relevant high-level expertise, knowledge and scientific potential, it had an interest in becoming a member of the Scientific Committee and had addressed a formal letter to the Secretary-General in that regard.

MASUD BIN MOMEN (Bangladesh) said his country continued to invest in nuclear safety and safeguards as part of its efforts to expand further the scope of peaceful uses of nuclear energy, including through the generation of nuclear power.  Considering Bangladesh’s long-running and growing experience and expertise in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, the country wished to broaden the scope of its engagement and would welcome the opportunity to serve as a member of an enlarged Scientific Committee.  That would be considered during the seventy-second session of the General Assembly, pursuant to its resolution 66/70, he said.

DOUGLAS NICOMEDES ARCIA VIVAS (Venezuela), acknowledging the work of the Scientific Committee in assessing the effects of atomic radiation, said its studies and conclusions had contributed to the decision-making process.  Drawing attention to the risks posed by nuclear weapons, he urged the Scientific Committee to share new information with Member States.  At the same time, it was critically important to disseminate information about the effects of radiation in order to raise awareness, he said.

LIU JUN (China) said his country had formally established a nuclear security centre to carry out research on the effects of radiation.  Furthermore, it had engaged in various bilateral activities with Japan, Republic of Korea, United Kingdom, United States and the Russian Federation, among others.  As a permanent Security Council member, China had always supported policies favouring the maintenance of international peace and security, he said, adding that, in order to ensure further progress, it would start cooperating with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) as well as with other specialized agencies.

Action on Draft Resolution

The representative of Japan, introducing the draft resolution “Effects of Atomic Radiation” (document A/C.4/71/L.5) on behalf of the co-sponsors, noted that the Scientific Committee had recently marked its sixtieth anniversary.  He commended its efforts to widen knowledge about the effects and risks of atomic radiation with scientific authority.  Considering the importance of disseminating findings to the wider public, he also welcomed the publication of the Scientific Committee’s report following the 2011 earthquake and tsunami in Japan.  He said public dialogues had been held in Fukushima Prefecture to help alleviate people’s worries and inform them about the important issue.

Acting without a vote, the Committee approved the draft resolution.

General Debate on Special Political Missions

The Committee then concluded its general debate on the comprehensive review of special political missions.

MOHAMED ELMODIR (Libya) described special political missions as being among the main tools for the maintenance of international peace and security through mediation and conflict-prevention efforts.  While their size and form changed from one to another, he said, they made major contributions to peace processes.  The United Nations Support Mission in Libya (UNSMIL), was working with the local authorities to build a democratic State and to hold parliamentary elections, he said, adding that it had also helped to strengthen political dialogue and narrow differences.

ELSA HAILE (Eritrea), affirming the General Assembly’s critical role in the maintenance of international peace and security, expressed support for its efforts to enhance dialogue with the Secretariat.  For the success of special political missions, it was critical to take an inclusive, well-structured and result-oriented approach, she said, emphasizing the need for a more balanced report pertaining to policy matters, while taking transparency and equitable geographic representation into account.

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Making Nuclear More Effective in Support of Sustainable Development: Conclusions of the 2016 Scientific Forum

Nuclear technology can help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and its effects will be more tangible if integrated into broader development strategies.  This was the key message of this year’s Scientific Forum, ‘Nuclear Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals’. The two-day event highlighted concrete examples of the contribution of nuclear and isotopic techniques to health, food security, energy and the environment.

Several keynote speakers, including HSH Prince Albert of Monaco and Australia’s chief scientist Alan Finkel, joined IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in recognizing  the important contribution of nuclear science and technology in helping countries meet the SDGs — a range of objectives that the United Nations General Assembly agreed on in 2015 to stimulate action in areas of critical importance for people and the planet.

This article summarizes the takeaways from the five thematic sessions. The presentations are available here.

Radiation medicine to fight cancer, cardio-vascular diseases

Investing in equipment and human resources as well as establishing adequate policies are required to close the gap between the demand for, and access to, radiation medicine, speakers at the session concluded.

“Radiotherapy is an effective treatment that saves one million lives globally each year,” said Mary Gospodarowicz, Medical Director at Toronto’s Princess Margaret Cancer Centre. Research indicates that investing in radiotherapy would yield a significant return in terms of numbers of lives saved, she added.

Kenji Shibuya, a professor at the University of Tokyo, said world leaders should work to lift the burden of non-communicable diseases. “This should be a top priority on their agenda,” he added.

As to ensuring adequate health care, Alistair McGuire of the London School of Economics said this would require new financial models in the public sector. However, while start-up costs of nuclear medicine are high, technology is cost-effective and highly accurate once set up, and it can save millions of lives, said Carlos Buchpiguel, Professor at São Paulo University.

Better nutrition, safer food and more agricultural production

“In order to end hunger everywhere, we must enhance food production where food is needed,” said Kostas Stamoulis, Assistant Director General at the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). “Cross-cutting solutions and strong commitment to multi-sectoral and multi-stakeholder partnerships are needed to sustainably manage agricultural development.”

The speakers also agreed that the transfer of knowledge and skills across borders plays a key role in ensuring global food security. “Transboundary animal diseases can come to your country, impacting people’s lives,” said Chandapiwa Marobela-Raborokgwe, Director of Botswana’s National Veterinary Laboratory. “In this case, benchmarking with other countries using nuclear techniques that can help improve animal health is essential.”

Emorn Udomkesmalee, Associate Professor at Mahidol University’s Institute of Nutrition in Thailand, explained how isotopic techniques helped enhance the diet quality of the population and monitor its progress.

Safe nuclear power to address climate change and increase in electricity demand

Combatting climate change will be difficult without expansion of nuclear energy, panellists agreed.

“There is a large scale demand for low-carbon electricity,” said World Nuclear Association’s Director General Agneta Rising. “Nuclear has to double or triple to meet this demand. All countries that managed to decarbonize their electricity are using nuclear.”

“Nuclear is very much affordable if we look at the whole life of a power plant,” highlighted Fiona Reilly, Executive Partner at the Atlantic Superconnection Corporation.

The lessons learned from past accidents have been integrated into existing regulations, and operating reactors will even be stronger with the new generation of reactors, said Leonid Bolshov, Director of Russia’s Nuclear Safety Institute.

New reactor types, including Small Modular Reactors, also provide a promising, safe and economical technology, added Leslie Dewan, CEO of Transatomic Power in the United States.   

Understanding and preserving the environment with isotopic techniques

The Forum’s session on natural resources stressed the importance of government support for the development and implementation of nuclear and isotopic techniques in protecting our natural resources.  Many countries are facing more environment-related problems than ever, which may be addressed with the help of nuclear techniques.

Fiji is a good example of a country that can greatly benefit from nuclear science and technology to protect its fragile coast, said Osea Naiqamu, Minister for Fisheries and Forests.

Using nuclear techniques can also help countries with little water, such as Sudan, where women farmers were taught how to use water efficiently to produce crops, enabling them to step out of poverty. “Support from the IAEA and other international organizations was a key success factor,” said Project Coordinator Imad Babiker. 

Sustainable transfer of nuclear science and technology for peaceful use

Countries – particularly in the developing world – often struggle to secure the start-up capital of larger infrastructure projects, such as nuclear medicine, radiotherapy centres and power plants. They also need to ensure that they keep the skills required to operate these facilities. A key message from this session was that political will, cooperation between developing countries, innovation, smart financing models and adapting technology to conditions in low-income countries can help overcome these problems and build capacity. The panellists called for the development of partnerships across borders and sectors to achieve the sustainable development agenda by 2030 and the integration of nuclear science and technology into national development strategies.

As a follow up to this year’s Scientific Forum, the IAEA will hold the first International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme in May 2017. The conference will help to assess how the Agency can best contribute to development and the achievement of the SDGs.