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TAGS: ENRG TRGY KNNP IAEA PINR UK
SUBJECT: HMG TO OBSERVE GNEP MEETING IN VIENNA BELOW THE
MINISTERIAL LEVEL

REF: A. STATE 118280

B. STATE 121724

1. (SBU) Malcolm Wicks, Minister of State for
Energy, will not attend the September 16 Global
Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP) meeting in Vienna,
according to a letter from Wicks to Secretary of
Energy Bodman (text at para 2). Dr. Mel Draper,
Director of Nuclear Nonproliferation at the
Department for Business, Enterprise and Regulatory
Reform (DBERR) will attend as the HMG observer. Ref
B registration information was passed to Draper by
ESTOff on August 31. See para 3 for Draper bio.

2. (U) Begin text of letter from Minister Wicks to
Secretary Bodman.

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29 August 2007

Samuel W. Bodman
The Secretary of Energy
Washington
DC 20585

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Dear Mr. Bodman,

Thank you for your invitation to the Ministerial
meeting in Vienna on 16 September to discuss the
Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP). I regret
that I am unable to attend.

We continue to follow the progress of GNEP with
interest and are grateful for the opportunity to
attend the meeting in Vienna as observers. Dr Mel
Draper, Director Nuclear Non-Proliferation, will
attend as the UK observer and will, as you
recommend, contact Ed McGinnis to make the necessary
arrangements.

/s/

Malcolm Wicks

End text of letter.

3. (U) Following is the official biography of Dr.
Mel Draper:

Dr. Mel DRAPER

Director of Non-proliferation policy, Department for
Business, Enterprise and Regulatory Reform (DBERR)

As head of the department's non-proliferation
policy, he is responsible for the UK's funding and
oversight of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(he is the deputy UK governor to the IAEA), the
Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical
Weapons, and the UK commitment to Global Threat
Reduction Program to secure nuclear threats posed by
former Soviet Union. His directorate is responsible
for UK nuclear Safeguards policy, and runs the UK's
National Authority, which ensures the UK meets its
obligations under the Chemical Weapons Convention.

From 2000 to 2003, he was head of central policy and
support at the UK Health & Safety Executive (HSE),
where he led on international relations, general
policy on enforcement, better regulation applied to
health & safety legislation; the promotion of risk
education, good health & safety practice in small
businesses and in connection with vulnerable groups;
the provision of research to underpin HSE's priority
programs and mandatory activities; the
implementation of open government requirements in
HSE; and provision of secretariat services to
support the Executive and Commission.

His previous held positions in the Department of
Trade and Industry (now DBERR), including head of

the directorate responsible for the sponsorship of
UKAEA, residual interests in AEA-Technology, and
general nuclear waste and decommissioning policy.
Prior to that he headed the department's promotion
of management best practice to small and medium
sized businesses, including preparation of publicity
material, sponsorship of awards, delivery of
promotional events to industry and research into
management best-practice techniques.

He spent his early career in research, first at the
National Gas Turbine Establishment, working on the
prediction metal fatigue in aircraft engines, and
the development of associated avionics. Later, he
moved to Warren Spring Laboratory, working on
microcomputer and process control development,
becoming head of the computer & telecommunications
section.

He is a mechanical engineer by training (with honors
degree in Nuclear Engineering and thermodynamics and
a Ph.D. in computational modeling of combustion),
and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts,
Manufactures and Commerce.

End text of biography.

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