Hans Blix has come out of retirement – again. It was announced earlier this week that the former UN nuclear watchdog head is to lead an advisory board for the UAE’s fledgling nuclear power program. The 81-year-old Swedish national will chair the UAE’s International Advisory Board – which will meet twice a year. The intention of the body is to “provide the UAE nuclear program with the expertise and knowledge of a highly select group of internationally recognized experts,” according to a government statement.
The UAE hopes to become the first Arab country to harness peaceful atomic power, in an AED150 billion program that will see the first of four reactors operational by 2017. Blix’s International Advisory Board will follow a spirit of ‘openness’, in order to emphasize the ‘peaceful’ element of the nuclear program.
Blix headed the International Atomic Energy Agency from 1981 to 1997. But in 2000, he was asked to come out of retirement to become the UN arms inspector for Iraq. The phone call came from…
(Photograph of Hans Blix be Dean Calma/IAEA Image Bank)