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The Generation IV International Forum (GIF) “Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems” was recently extended to 2025, paving the way for continued collaboration among participating countries. GIF is an international organization that conducts collaborative research and development on the next generation of nuclear energy systems. The original Framework Agreement was established in February 2005 and is the most powerful legal vehicle for multilateral cooperation on advanced nuclear technology development. Today there are 10 active GIF members that include Canada, EURATOM, France, Japan, the People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Korea, the Republic of South Africa, Russian Federation, Switzerland, and the United States.  

John E. Kelly, deputy assistant secretary for nuclear reactor technologies, has served as the chair of GIF since 2013 and leads activities of the Policy Group, guiding the overall framework, policy and future direction.

On February 26, 2015, a signing ceremony for the “Framework Agreement for International Collaboration on Research and Development of Generation IV Nuclear Energy Systems” was held at the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) in Paris, where Ambassador Daniel Yohannes, permanent representative of the United States to the OECD, signed the Framework Agreement on behalf of the United States. Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD secretary-general, and Mr. William D. Magwood, IV, OECD Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) director-general, also attended the ceremony. The ceremony featured introductory remarks by Christophe Béhar, Commissariat à l'énergie atomique et aux énergies alternatives (CEA) director of the Nuclear Energy Division and vice-chair of the GIF Policy Group. 

More information on GIF can be found on the Generation IV International Forum website.