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Pre Conference Information

Registration

Registration is open as of 11 July for designated representatives from IAEA Member States and invited non-Member States and organizations.

Journalists must register through the IAEA Division of Public Information Press Office.

Advance Information for Delegations

Information about the General Conference, as well as other events organized in conjunction with the Conference's Session is available here.

Documents

The Provisional Agenda and a list of documents for the General Conference are posted as they become available. More →

For past sessions, see the GC Archives.

Scientific Forum at General Conference

A Scientific Forum will be held in conjunction with the 55th General Conference - entitled Water Matters: Making a Difference with Nuclear Techniques - in the Austria Center Vienna (ACV), Hall E1, the site of the General Conference. More →

International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) Forum

The International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) - entitled Nuclear Safety after Fukushima - will hold its annual forum Monday, 19 September, the opening day of the General Conference. More →

Live Video Streaming at the General Conference

Sessions at the Plenary Hall, including the opening statements of officials and delegates, will be streamed live during the whole week of the General Conference. Sessions of the Scientific Forum will also be live-streamed beginning on Tuesday, 20 September. Links to the video streaming service will be provided on the opening day.

Deputy Director General David Waller on 55th IAEA General Conference

David Waller, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management, looks ahead to the 2011 IAEA General Conference, explaining the agenda items and Conference's objectives.

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Conference Highlights: Monday, 19 September 2011


55th IAEA General Conference Convenes in Vienna


IAEA General ConferenceOn 19 September 2011, the IAEA General Conference convenes for the fifty-fifth time at the Agency's headquarters in Vienna. The delegations from the IAEA's 151 Member States gather to consider an agenda of issues ranging from nuclear safety and security, development, health, energy to budgetary and administrative matters. During the five-day gathering, about 3 000 participants from Member States, international organisations, as well as NGOs and the media will be able to choose from among dozens of side events. More → :: Photo Gallery →

Conference Elects Cornel Feruţă of Romania as President


Cornel FerutaThe General Conference elected Mr. Cornel Feruţă of Romania as President of the 55th IAEA General Conference. Mr. Feruţă is Romania's Ambassador and Resident Representative to the IAEA. Curriculum Vitae → :: Statement → [pdf]


IAEA General Conference Focuses on Nuclear Safety


IAEA General Conference OpensAt the opening of the 55th IAEA General Conference, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano addressed the participants and reviewed the IAEA's activities and achievements of the previous twelve months. More → :: Statement → :: Video → :: Photo Gallery →


New IAEA Member States


At this morning's opening session, the General Conference approved the applications of the Commonwealth of Dominica, the Lao People's Democratic Republic and the Kingdom of Tonga for membership in the IAEA. Membership will take effect once the appropriate legal instruments are deposited with the Agency.

Mauritania Ratifies Three International Safety Conventions


IAEA General Conference OpensThe Islamic Republic of Mauritania deposited the instruments of accession to 3 international safety Conventions on 19 September 2011: the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident; the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management. More →

Better Bananas


Better BananasAt the IAEA 2011 General Conference, visitors to the exhibition booth of the Department of Nuclear Science and Applications were given an unusual gift - a baby banana plant. The plantlets had been grown from irradiated banana leaves at the Agency's laboratories, south of Vienna, Austria. Scientists at the Plant Breeding and Genetics laboratories use radiation to induce changes in plants. Video →

Understanding Water Pollution


WaterThe IAEA Marine Environment Laboratories in Monaco use nuclear techniques to investigate the effect of pollution on the marine ecosystem, the ability of underwater species to grow and thrive, and ultimately man's continued ability to depend on the sea for food and income. IAEA scientist Jean-Louis Teyssié explains how he and his colleagues use lung fish, sharks and muscles to understand pollution's effects. Video →

Search For Safe Water in Bangldesh


WaterIn 1993, Bangladesh found its main source of fresh water was contaminated with natural arsenic, resulting in a public health threat impacting millions of people. In cooperation with the World Bank, the IAEA used isotope hydrology techniques to help the country to find safe drinking water. By using nuclear techniques, Bangladesh was able to demonstrate that isotope hydrology could effectively and affordably help to locate identify safe sources of water. This film demonstrates some of the effects of arsenic poisoning in these villages and its successful resolution. Video →

Deputy Director General David Waller on 55th IAEA General Conference


David WallerDavid Waller, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management, looks ahead to the 2011 IAEA General Conference, explaining the agenda items and Conference's objectives. Video →



Conference Highlights: Tuesday, 20 September 2011

Scientific Forum On Water Matters


Scientific Foru,The IAEA's Scientific Forum on Water Matters: Making a Difference with Nuclear Techniques opened today in Vienna, Austria. The Forum is being held in conjunction with the General Conference and will examine how nuclear techniques can help tackle some of the earth's most pressing water challenges. More → :: Photo Gallery →

Director General Amano Address to Scientific Forum


Scientific ForumDirector General Yukiya Amano opened the Scientific Forum, emphasizing the important work which the Agency does in sustainable development. He said that although "this side of the Agency's work does not get the same attention as activities in nuclear safeguards, safety and security, it is just as important, and of great value to the countries which benefit." Statement → :: Video → :: Photo Gallery →

Conference Adopts Agenda


At its second plenary session yesterday, the IAEA General Conference adopted its agenda, allocating items for discussion among Conference bodies. See Agenda →

Latin America's Bilateral Safeguards Celebrated


ABACCThe Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC) celebrated 20 years of successful application of nuclear verification during the IAEA's 55th General Conference. More → | ABACC Exhibit Photo Gallery →


Korea's Donation to PACT


Korea DonationA special ceremony recognizing Korea’s continued donations to the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) was held at noontime. The Vice-Minister of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology handed over the donation to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. Korean Exhibit Photo Gallery →

Rinderpest Free World Celebrated


RinderpestThe achievement of a world free from rinderpest, a highly contagious viral disease afflicting ruminants that caused immense livestock losses and devastating economic damage throughout history, was celebrated at the IAEA's 55th General Conference in Vienna, Austria. More → :: Director General Statement → :: Deputy Director General FAO Statement →

Rinderpest Eradication in Kenya


RinderpestProfessor Margaret Kamar, Kenya's Minister for Higher Education, Science and Technology, was one of the guest speakers at the IAEA's Rinderpest Freedom Celebration, which took place during the Agency's General Conference. She discusses the impact of the disease on her country and how the situation has improved since eradication. More →

FAO Deputy Director General on Rinderpest Eradication


RinderpestAnn Tutwiler, Deputy Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), was the lead speaker at the IAEA's Rinderpest Freedom Celebration, which took place on 20 September 2011 during the Agency's General Conference. The Joint FAO/IAEA Division made significant technical contributions to the eradication of the animal disease through the development, evaluation, validation and distribution of immunological and molecular nuclear and nuclear-related technologies for the diagnosis and control of rinderpest. More →

Senegal Signs Convention


SenegalSenegal signed the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC) on 20 September 2011. The signing ceremony took place at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria, on the second day of the Treaty Event. More →

US Provides Nuclear Power Human Resource Modelling Tool to IAEA


SenegalA Nuclear Power Human Resources (NPHR) modelling tool, provided cost-free to the IAEA by the US Government, will be invaluable in helping Member States to understand their workforce requirements when planning to start a nuclear power programme. More →

Conference Highlights: Wednesday, 21 September 2011

Scientific Forum Continues for a Second Day


Scientific Forum"The IAEA Scientific Forum is a valuable platform to highlight the important work which the Agency does in sustainable development," Mr. Amano told participants at the opening session of this year's Scientific Forum on Water Matters: Making a Difference with Nuclear Techniques. The Forum continues with its second session today with sessions on tackling water scarcity and saving water agriculture, and protecting the oceans. More → | Photo Gallery →

No Rain, No Food - Nuclear Techniques in Rain-fed Agriculture


No Rain, No FoodAccess to sufficient water supplies is essential for successful and sustainable farming. Without water, crops die, farmers lose their income and people go hungry. Agriculture that depends upon rainwater represents about 80% of the total area under cultivation and produces the majority, or about 60%, of global food. The IAEA's Soil and Water Management and Crop Nutrition Section is using nuclear and nuclear related techniques to help farmers in the developing world to conserve water and cope better under dry conditions. Video →

More Crop Per Drop - Coping With Water Scarcity in Kenya


More Crop Per DropAgriculture is the largest global consumer of water - accounting for around 70% of the freshwater drawn from lakes, waterways and aquifers around the world. The IAEA is operating projects in Kenya that use nuclear and isotopic techniques to inform farmers how to use their scarce water resources efficiently for both rain fed and irrigated agriculture. One project is supporting the use of "drip irrigation", a cost-effective technique that can reduce water use by 50%, compared to other forms of irrigation. Video →

Tracing Pollution - Protecting Aquatic Environments in Caribbean


Tracing Pollution of the PastThe The IAEA is helping twelve countries in the Caribbean to understand and manage coastal pollution. Led by IAEA experts in aquatic and marine environment, the project has established a network of experts and laboratories across the Caribbean basin. This network of scientists and laboratories are using nuclear techniques to uncover traces and types of pollution that settle in the sea bed. The Caribbean network now trains further experts in nuclear techniques and provides isotopic analysis capacity. Video →

RBA for Red Tide Control - A Field Update


RBA for Red Tide ControlAs a collaborating centre for the IAEA, the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute (PNRI) is active in the development and application of the Receptor Binding Assay (RBA) technique to control "red tides". This video presents an update from the field. Video →


Nuclear Industry Cooperation Forum


Nuclear Industry Cooperation ForumGarry Young, Director of Nuclear Business Development at the US nuclear power operator, Entergy, and Chair of the Nuclear Industry Cooperation Forum at the IAEA General Conference, talks to Sasha Henriques from the IAEA Division of Public Information, about how important it is for nuclear power plant operators from around the world to work together to avoid another major nuclear accident like Fukushima Daiichi. Listen →

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FAO Deputy Director General on Rinderpest Eradication


RinderpestAnn Tutwiler, Deputy Director General of the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO), was the lead speaker at the IAEA's Rinderpest Freedom Celebration, which took place on 20 September 2011 during the Agency's General Conference. The Joint FAO/IAEA Division made significant technical contributions to the eradication of the animal disease through the development, evaluation, validation and distribution of immunological and molecular nuclear and nuclear-related technologies for the diagnosis and control of rinderpest. More →

Easier Information Exchange Strengthens Emergency Response


USIEA nuclear or radiological emergency presents complex public health, environmental and engineering challenges. A constant flow of detailed, reliable information is indispensable to be able to marshal and coordinate the needed response which includes the prompt mobilisation and dispatch of specialised human and equipment resources, as requested. The global focal point for such coordination and information exchange is the IAEA's Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC). More →

Conference Highlights: Thursday, 22 September 2011

General Conference on Day 4


USIEThe fourth day of the General Conference opened with further national statements delivered in the Plenary session. During the day a number of side events focus on nuclear regulatory issues, medical education, cancer control, fusion and nuclear security. Statements →


Board of Governors Members Designated


IAEA Board of GovernorsThe Board of Governors informed the IAEA 55th General Conference that 11 Member States have been designated to Serve on the Board from the end of the 55th regular session of the Conference (2011) to the end of its 56th regular session (2012). The newly elected Board members are Bulgaria, Cuba, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia, Italy, Mexico, Republic of Korea, Saudi Arabia, Sweden and Tanzania.

For the 2011-2012 period, the new composition of the 35-member IAEA Board is: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, China, Cuba, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Egypt, France, Germany, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Mexico, Netherlands, Niger, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, Tanzania, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom and the United States. The Board meets next week to elect its new Chairman and Officers. More →

IAEA Nuclear Safety Action Plan Approved by General Conference


IAEA General ConferenceOn 22 September 2011, the IAEA General Conference unanimously endorsed the Action Plan on Nuclear Safety that Ministers in their Declaration at the IAEA's June Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety requested. More →


IAEA Projects Slower Nuclear Growth After Fukushima


Nuclear PowerThe Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear accident will slow growth in nuclear power but not reverse it, according to the latest projections by the IAEA. The IAEA publishes annually two updated projections for the world's nuclear power generating capacity, a low projection and a high projection. The 2011 updates take into account the effects of the 11 March 2011 accident. More →

Conference Highlights: Friday, 23 September 2011

General Conference on Day 5


IAEA General ConferenceThe IAEA General Conference convenes for the fifth and final scheduled day. Exhibitions and side events continue, while delegates meet in the Committee of the Whole and the Plenary to discuss the outstanding agenda items which are detailed in the Daily Journal . More →


Mobile Learning, Mobile Health


Mobile Learning, Mobile HealthThe renowned physician William Mayo said that "in order that the sick may have the benefit of advancing knowledge, a union of forces is necessary... It has become necessary to develop medicine as a cooperative science." The IAEA's Human Health Division, within the Department of Nuclear Science and Applications (NAHU), is developing e-learning and mobile learning programs to foster a cooperative community of learners that could one day span continents. More →

Water Experts Call for Intensified Cooperation to Tackle Water Crisis


WaterThe IAEA's Scientific Forum, Water Matters, held from 20 to 21 September 2011 in Vienna, gathered experts from around the world to discuss solutions to the water crisis, and to highlight the importance of nuclear techniques in managing water sustainably. The experts explained that the water crisis already directly affects at least one billion people who lack any access to safe drinking water. More → :: MEL Monaco Exhibit Photo Gallery →

IAEA 2011 General Conference Concludes


General Conference EndsAt its 55th regular session, the IAEA General Conference drew together about 3 000 participants for a five-day meeting from 19 to 23 September 2011. The full texts of adopted resolutions will be posted in due course on the IAEA website. Story → :: Director General Statement to Conference → :: Photo Gallery →