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Pre Conference Information

Registration


Registration is open as of 16 July 2012 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.
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Participants at General Conference

Member States participating in the General Conference. More »

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 56th General Conference - entitled Food for the Future: Meeting the Challenges with Nuclear Applications - in Hall E1 in the Austria Center Vienna (ACV), which is accessible from the Vienna International Centre (VIC), the site of the General Conference. More →

Exhibitions


Member States and accredited organizations wishing to take part in the exhibition - usually set up as a side event to the General Conference - are kindly invited to submit their space requests by 27 June 2012.

Relevant information and specifications shall be made available to the prospective exhibitors in due course. It should be noted that specific stands may not be automatically reserved every year by one Member State, but will be assigned by Conference Services on a rotational basis. For any additional information, please contact the IAEA Conference Services Section.

International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) Forum


The International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) entitled Assessing Progress in Worldwide Nuclear Safety - --> will hold its annual forum on Monday, 17 September, on the opening day of the General Conference. More →

Live Video Streaming at 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, 18 September. Links to the video streaming service will be provided on the opening day.

Conference Highlights: Monday, 17 September 2012


IAEA Director General Reviews Priorities


At the opening of the 56th 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 → :: Full Statement → :: Photo Gallery →

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56th IAEA General Conference Convenes in Vienna


IAEA General ConferenceThe IAEA's five-day General Conference opened on 17 September 2012 to consider the Agency's programme and activities and approve its budget for the coming year. High-level governmental representatives from the IAEA's 155 Member States, including several at the ministerial level, are gathered to consider and discuss a range of topics on the peaceful development of nuclear technologies. 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 Carlos Barros Oreiro of Uruguay as President


Carlos Barros OreiroThe General Conference elected Mr. Carlos Barros Oreiro of Uruguay as President of the 56th IAEA General Conference. Mr. Barros Oreiro is Uruguay's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna. Curriculum Vitae → :: Statement (in Spanish) [pdf]

Message From UN Secretary General


UN Secretary General StatementAt the opening of the 56th IAEA General Conference, a message from the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, was delivered on his behalf by Ms. Angela Kane, the United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs. Full Statement →


New IAEA Member States


At this morning's opening session, the General Conference approved the applications of the Republic of Fiji, the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago and the Republic of San Marino for membership in the IAEA. Membership will take effect once the appropriate legal instruments are deposited with the Agency.

IAEA and WANO Sign New Memorandum of Understanding


WANOThe IAEA and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO) have signed a new Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to reflect increased cooperation between the two organisations following the Fukushima Daiichi accident of March 2011. Press Release →


INSAG Forum at General Conference


INSAG ForumGlobal experts in nuclear safety met today, 17 September, for the annual Forum of the International Safety Group (INSAG) held in the margins of the IAEA General Conference. In INSAG's assessment letter to the IAEA Director General, Chairperson Richard Meserve highlighted the "impressive array of Fukushima-related activities have been launched by regulators and operators around the world, and by other organizations, including the World Association of Nuclear Operators, the Institute for Nuclear Power Operations, and the OECD's Nuclear Energy Agency."

INSAG is a group of experts, from 14 countries and organizations, with high professional competence in the field of safety working in regulatory organizations, research and academic institutions and the nuclear industry. It is convened under the auspices of the IAEA with the objective to provide authoritative advice and guidance on nuclear safety approaches, policies and principles.

Promoting Nuclear Knowledge Management in IAEA Member States in Latin American and Caribbean


CNEAThe IAEA and the National Atomic Energy Commission of Argentina (CNEA) signed Practical Arrangements in Vienna to support education, training and outreach in the nuclear field, including e-learning capabilities, and to develop and provide material relevant to nuclear education, training and outreach in IAEA Member States. On 17 September 2012, Mr. Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, and Ms. Norma Boero, President, CNEA, concluded the agreement. More →

Initiatives in Nuclear Knowledge Management and Knowledge Capacity Building


ROSATOMThe IAEA, and Russia's State Atomic Energy Corporation, ROSATOM and the National Research Nuclear University (NRNU) MEPhI have signed Practical Arrangements in Vienna to cooperate in the development and implementation of IAEA projects. On 17 September 2012, Mr. Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy; Mr. Vyacheslav A. Pershukov, Deputy Director General, ROSATOM; and Mr. Mikhail N. Strikhanov, Rector, NRNU MEPhI, signed these Arrangements. Read more →



Conference Highlights: Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Scientific Forum On Food for the Future: Meeting Challenges with Nuclear Applications


Scientific ForumThe IAEA's Scientific Forum on Food for the Future: Meeting the Challenges With Nuclear Applications opens today in Vienna, Austria. The Forum is being held in conjunction with the General Conference and will focus on nuclear applications related to food. More →:: Photo Gallery →

Director General Amano Address to Scientific Forum


Scientific ForumDirector General Yukiya Amano opened the Scientific Forum, stating that the IAEA is in the unique position of being able to make nuclear technology available to developing countries, helping them to grow more food, fight animal and plant pests and diseases and ensure the safety of food products. 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. Agenda →

Forty Years of Development Cooperation in Asia and Pacific


RCA at 40A panel discussion marking the 40th annniversary of the Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology for Asia and the Pacific (RCA) was held on 18 September as a side event to the General Conference. Organized by the Department of Technical Cooperation, discussions focused on the development and future of RCA. Key speakers from the region covered topics ranging from human health, food and agriculture, water and environment, and industrial applications.

The RCA is the first cooperative agreement of the IAEA. Through this arrangement, the IAEA and its Member States have successfully implemented development projects in the field of nuclear sciences and applications in the Asia and the Pacific region. Over 45 projects were successfully completed in the past decade alone.

Vietnam/IAEA Practical Arrangments for Nuclear Education and Training


Vietnam and IAEA Sign Practical ArrangementsThe IAEA and the Vietnamese Ministry of Education and Training (MOET) signed an agreement in Vienna to foster cooperation in developing a national infrastructure for higher level nuclear education and training. On 18 September 2012, the Practical Arrangements were concluded between Mr. Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, and Ambassador Nguyen Ba-Son, Permanent Representative of Vietnam in Austria, who signed on behalf of MOET. More →

Developing a Metal Recycling Code of Conduct


Metal RecyclingAlso on 18 September, the IAEA Nuclear Safety and Security Programme organized a side event to interact with Member States and inform them about the IAEA's Metal Recycling Code of Conduct, initiated in 2010. The Code intends to assist Member States in establishing an international consensus to prevent the unintentional transboundary movement of radioactive material. Radioactive material is often incorporated into scrap metal and semi-finished products inadvertently, bringing dangerous consequences to health and the environment. Although the metal recycling sector has a large international dimension, there is a need to harmonize the monitoring for radioactive material in scrap metal among states. More →

Plenary Meeting of Technical and Scientific Support Organization (TSO) Forum


TSO ForumA plenary meeting of the Technical and Scientific Support Organization (TSO) Forum took place on 18 September as a side event to the IAEA General Conference. The TSO forum was established on 11-13 July 2011 and started its activities at the beginning of 2012. It aims to encourage the exchange of scientific and technical information in the field of nuclear safety and security between scientific organizations, the industry and the international community. Opened by Gustavo Caruso, head of the IAEA Action Plan team, the plenary meeting included presentations from its steering committee members on the activities of the forum and a discussion on future developments.

Nuclear Energy for Nuclear Security


The availability of reliable and clean energy is essential for the socio-economic development of every person in every country in the world. The Nuclear Energy for Energy Security side event at the General Conference presented the integrated services of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy to Member States which are considering the development of nuclear energy programmes. At a session in the early afternoon of 18 September, representatives from Bangladesh, Indonesia and Poland shared recent experiences in applying IAEA services, tools and methodologies. More →

Nuclear Operator Organization Cooperation Forum


Nuke ForumThe 2nd Nuclear Operator Organization Cooperation Forum shared progress report on lessons learned from Fukushima; identified R&D as key for post-Fukushima; emphasized both normal operation and emergency situation as primary responsibilities of operating organizations.

Responsible Uranium Mining


The Australian-sponsored side event on Responsible Uranium Mining: Towards Best Practice in the Uranium Cycle — Continuous Improvement and Newcomer Preparedness in Mining highlighted the challenges facing the uranium production community and stressed the importance of the IAEA's role in sharing internationally accepted good practices and supporting education and training.

Action Plan on Nuclear Safety


Nuke Forum As part of the side events under the Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, the Nuclear Operating Organizations Forum held its second meeting on Tuesday. Keynote speakers from France, Japan, USA and WANO briefed the audience on the stress and integrated safety tests completed and made several recommendations to the Agency to improve communication between all parties and the public.

IAEA and EPRI Join Efforts in Nuclear Engineering Research


EPRI The IAEA and the Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI), USA, have signed a Practical Arrangement for Scientific and Technical Cooperation on Nuclear Safety and Nuclear Technologies Applied to the Operation and Decommissioning of Nuclear Power Plants. The Practical Arrangement was concluded between Mr. Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, and Mr. Neil Wilmshurst, Vice President of EPRI, at the IAEA. More →

Treaty Event


Lesotho The Treaty Event organized by the IAEA's Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) on Monday 17 and Tuesday 18 September was designed to promote universal adherence to the most important multilateral treaties deposited with the IAEA Director General, notably those relating to nuclear safety, nuclear security and civil liability for nuclear damage. An overview of the Treaties featured at the Event is available here. In addition to briefings given by OLA officials on the benefits of joining the Treaties, a representative of the Kingdom of Lesotho met with officials from OLA to deposit an instrument of acceptance of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM). More →

Nuclear Security Education and Training


The IAEA's Department of Nuclear Safety and Security held side event at this year's 56th General Conference on 18 September 2012 highlighting the Agency's activities in the field of nuclear security education and training. The event informed Member States of the latest developments in the fields of nuclear security education and training, in particular the development of the European Master's Degree in Nuclear Security, which is based on IAEA nuclear security guidance and standards, as well as the continued efforts to establish a nuclear security support centres network and assistance available to States wishing to set up support centres. More →

Nuclear Security Peer Reviews


The IAEA's Department of Nuclear Safety and Security provided a review of the Agency's advisory services to Member States at a side event at this year's 56th General Conference on 18 September 2012 The event made Member States aware of the value of IAEA advisory services for identifying gaps in nuclear security and actions to be taken that would improve Member States nuclear security infrastructure. Since 1996, the IAEA has conducted 55 IPPAS missions and 14 follow-up missions in 37 countries.

Event Reporting for Medical Exposures


The Event Reporting for Medical Exposures meeting of Tuesday, 18 September, aimed to remind Member States about the importance of lessons learned from radiation events. For example, patients have inadvertently been injured through medical exposures in many countries. The best way to avoid these injuries and ensure the safe uses of radiation in medicine is by recording and reporting these radiation events. During the side event, Member States reviewed opportunities to share information through IAEA-developed international voluntary reporting systems in interventional procedures (SAFRAD) and in radiotherapy (SAFRON).

Conference Highlights: Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Scientific Forum Continues for a Second Day


Scientific Forum"The IAEA is in the unique position of being able to make nuclear technology available to developing countries. We help them to grow more food, fight animal and plant pests and diseases, and ensure the safety of food products," Mr. Amano told participants at the opening session of this year's Scientific Forum on Food for the Future: Meeting the Challenges with Nuclear Applications. The Forum continues with its second session today with focus on nuclear applications related to food. More → :: Photo Gallery →

INPRO Briefing


This briefing, which took place in the morning of 19 September, focused on new INPRO activities implemented in the 2012–2013 INPRO Action Plan, and programme planning for the next biennium (2014–2015). INPRO stands for the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles. In particular, the areas of global nuclear energy scenarios and long-range nuclear energy strategies was discussed with representatived from member countries highlighting selected national perspectives, their involvement, and dereived benefits from INPRO activities in relation to national efforts to develop sustainable nuclear energy systems.

Roles and Challenges of Future Owners and Operators in Countries Embarking on Nuclear Power Programmes


NewcomersThe IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy organized a side event on Roles and Challenges of Future Owners and Operators in Countries Embarking on Nuclear Power Programmes on 19 September. Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General of the Department of Nuclear Energy opened the event, where he highlighted the support the IAEA offers to Member States in this area. Discussions began with an overview of roles and challenges of future owners and operators. Representatives from the United Arab Emirates and Bangladesh presented an overview of their nuclear power programmes, focusing on roles and challenges. Representatives from Japan and Belarus also provided insights on their experience. The talk concluded with an outline of the IAEA assistance to future owners and operators provided by Anne Starz, head of the IAEA Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Group.

Decommissioning and Remediation Constraints


Bessines, FranceAlso taking place in the morning of 19 September was a panel discussion between the IAEA experts and Member States focusing on ways to break down the barriers that prevent the implementation of decommissioning and remediation programmes worldwide. Organized by the IAEA's Department of Nuclear Energy with the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom, the event served as a continuation of the similar event that took place in 2011, and helped assess the causes that delay the implementation of decommissioning and environmental remediation projects worldwide. Experts considered how to increase technical capacities in Member States; how to remove barriers that inhibit cooperation between organizations with experience in decommissioning and environmental remediation; possible models for facilitating and strengthening partnerships for project development and the potential for establishing training centres to enhance technical capabilities at national and regional levels. More →

Asian Nuclear Safety Network


ASNThe first plenary meeting of the Asian Nuclear Safety Network (ANSN) took place on 19 September as a side event to the IAEA General Conference. Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Safety and Security opened the meeting. In his speech, DDG Flory highlighted the importance of collaboration in the field of nuclear safety in the region. Paul Woodhouse, Head of the IAEA Safety and Security Coordination Section, introduced the event. The meeting included presentations from representatives from the IAEA and from ANSN members on global and regional challenges in nuclear safety post-Fukushima. In the last part of the event, ANSN Member States, support countries and organizations shared their perspectives for the future of the network.

Integrated Approaches In Nuclear Work Force Development


Nuclear Work ForceAt this side event also on 19 September, universities and other educational institutes in Member States shared their experiences in international networking and collaboration, integration and outreach. They acknowledged the IAEA's support to Member States in capacity building and appreciated the importance of developing a competent nuclear workforce. Taking into consideration that more and more embarking and operating states are expanding their nuclear power programs, there is a high international concern about ensuring safe, secure and sustainable nuclear power. It is through the common goal of educating, training and mentoring a new nuclear workforce, capable of implementing the technology transfer in nuclear facility operations, that this can be achieved. More →

Sustainable Energy Development After Rio+20


A briefing on Sustainable Energy Developments after Rio+20 included opening remarks by Mr. Holger Rogner, who summarised the international debate on sustainable development since the 1992 Earth Summit in Rio all the way to the Rio+20. At this side event, organized by Nuclear Energy's Planning and Economic Studies Section (PESS), newcomer countries discussed how they are dealing with issues such as capacity building and the IAEA's technical support which is available to Member States for developing sustainable energy strategies. Presentations by Croatia, Lithuania and Bangladesh reviewed how they have benefitted from the IAEA's support for their national energy decision making process.

IAEA Site and External Events Design (SEED) Review Service Presented to Member States


SEEDThis side event provided Member States with an overview of the Site and External Events Design (SEED) review service and its focused approach. SEED provides assistance in relation to safety infrastructure and human resource development to both embarking and operating states. The service, designed to meet Member States' needs, covers various stages - from site evaluation to the design of nuclear installations against the demands of external hazards, both natural and human induced. A live demonstration was also given during the side event, showing developing systems that forecast and detect earthquakes and tsunamis. More →

Challenges and New Considerations for "Defense in Depth" Concept for Nuclear Power Plants


DiDThis side event, which was held on 19 of September, was aimed at addressing the current thinking and applications of the Defence in Depth (DiD) Safety Concept for Nuclear Power Plants (NPPs). The goal was also to identify trends and possibilities for further development of the concept, challenges, and applications in international nuclear safety activities. Panellists from the UK, Slovakia, and the IAEA made presentations ahead of the panel discussion. Gustavo Caruso, Nuclear Safety Action Team Special Coordinator opened the event. Participants highlighted the need to improve safety assessment tools and methods to assess compliance with DiD. Furthermore, they stressed the importance of providing a more consistent and uniform terminology, as well as a focused training for the newcomer countries. More →

IAEA Helps Sahel Countries Find and Share Freshwater


SahelAt the IAEA 56th General Conference, the Permanent Missions of Sweden and Japan to the IAEA hosted an event on Wednesday 19 September 2012 to raise awareness of a large scale regional IAEA technical cooperation project that aims to improve water management in the Sahel region. Persistent droughts in the Sahel region have led to a humanitarian crisis. Around 1.5 million children are facing severe malnutrition and risk death from starvation or disease. More →



Conference Highlights: Thursday, 20 September 2012

General Conference on Day 4


The fourth day of the General Conference opened with further national statements delivered in the Plenary session. During the day a number of side events have been scheduled, ranging from Rio+20 and sustainable development, nuclear energy, safety and peaceful nuclear applications. Statements → :: Photo Gallery →

New Members Elected to IAEA Board of Governors


IAEA Board of GovernorsEleven countries have been newly elected to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2012-2014. The election took place today, Thursday, at the plenary session of the IAEA General Conference which continues throughout the week in Vienna. The newly elected Board members are Algeria, Argentina, Costa Rica, Greece, Libya, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Thailand and Uruguay.

For the 2012-13 period, the new composition of the 35-member IAEA Board is: Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Cuba, Egypt, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Korea, Rep. of, Libya, Mexico, Nigeria, Norway, Pakistan, Poland, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Sweden, Thailand, United Kingdom, Tanzania, United States of America and Uruguay. The Board meets Monday, 24 September, to elect its officers.

Report On Scientific Forum


IAEA Board of GovernorsA report on this year's Scientific Forum entitled: Food for the Future: Meeting the Challenges with Nuclear Applications provided a brief account of the discussions over the past two days. The report stressed the essential role of the IAEA in assisting Member States to introduce and implement nuclear techniques for food security and the importance of international cooperation in this field, particularly with the Food and Agriculture Organization. More → :: Report →

Learning on the Go: Mobile Learning Modules for Radiation Medicine and Nutrition Specialists


Mobile LearningOn 20 September, the IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications organized a side event on Learning on the Go – Mobile E–Learning Modules for Radiation Medicine and Nutrition Specialists. IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Sciences and Applications, Mohammed Daud opened the event, expressing his appreciation for the mobile learning initiative of the IAEA Division of Human Health. He concluded that: "Learning is a continuous event and it does not only take place in the classroom or in the office. Wherever we are, we should learn."

Rethy Chhem, Director of the IAEA Division of Human Health and Maurizio Dondi, Head of the Nuclear Medicine Section presented the division's initiative and progress in introducing the E-learning and mobile learning platforms in the fields of radiation medicine and nutrition. They highlighted the fact that the initiative focuses on the learner and that they are constantly aiming to improve the Human Health Campus and to provide better accessibility for developing countries. The event continued with a presentation and demonstration of the learning platforms by IT and learning professionals from the division. More →

Nuclear Technology for a Sustainable Future


Rio+20Member States representatives met today to discuss the IAEA presence at the United Nations Rio+20 Conference and its role in the post UN Milenium Development Goals agenda. Mr. Casas-Zamora provided an overview of how science, technology and innovation contribute to sustainable development, and the role of nuclear science and applications. Moreover, the IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre (OA-ICC) which was announced during Rio+20 has started work this summer. Mr. Warnau spoke about the Centre which was established under an IAEA's Peaceful Uses Initiative, and is supported by several IAEA Member States.

Nuclear Applications Laboratories at Seibersdorf


Seibersdorf LaboratoriesOrganized by the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, this side event gave an insight into the work done at the IAEA Seibersdorf Laboratories and the services they offer to Member States. IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Sciences and Applications, Mohamad Daud opened the event, noting the Director General Yukiya Amano's commtment to the upgrading of the laboratory facilities, as mentioned in his opening speech to the General Conference. It was a well-attended event and featured presentations from Dr. Piero Danesi, a former Director of the Laboratories for 17 years, on past events and successes; as well as from invited experts in fields such as dosimetry, reference material, animal productivity and plant breeding. The event also highlighted the need to sustain and improve the laboratories' facilities.

A New Approach To Water Assessment


iWAFEAttendees at the 56th General Conference got the chance to hear about the accomplishments of the IAEA Water Availability Enhancement (IWAVE) Project on 20 September in M4. The panel discussion covered the highlights since the project's inception two years ago. Organizers were keen to highlight the uniqueness of the IWAVE approach to water assessment and management within the Agency. When a country participates in IWAVE, the Agency first analyses the nation's capacity to understand its water needs; then works to fill the gaps in information that are discovered. This is more efficient, more effective and gives countries more information than traditional approaches to water management.

Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy


iWAFEOn 20 September, the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) convened an event featuring a presentation by PACT staff which highlighted the result of several cancer control projects implemented by Member States. These projects were made possible through resources mobilized by PACT. Participants stressed the need to coordinate actions and mobilize resources to implement comprehensive and sustainable cancer control programmes in the developing world, thus making cancer care more widely available. Speakers pointed out the leading role of integrated missions of PACT (imPACT), which by end of 2012 will have been implemented in 47 Member States. It is Largely due to partners' expertise and donors' contributions that enabled PACT to provide developing countries with such aa tool to establish cancer control priorities and activities. More →

European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE) Award Ceremony


EMSNEThe IAEA hosted the European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering (EMSNE) 2011 Award Ceremony of the European Nuclear Education Network Association (ENEN) for the first time, honouring 18 laureates. The Deputy General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, together with ENEN representatives presented the EMSNE certificates to 18 laureates. ENEN is a non-profit organization established in 2003 under the European Commission/EURATOM Framework Programme. It aims at preserving and further developing expertise in the nuclear field through higher education and training. More →

Senior Regulators Meeting


Senior RegulatorsThe meeting, opened by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, attracted around 150 participants. The Director General stressed the need for the full implementation of the Nuclear Safety Action plan and highlighted the key driving role of senior regulators in the Plan's implementation. The meeting discussed regulatory challenges in decision making and implementing remediation for past activities and for post-accident situations.



Conference Highlights: Friday, 21 September 2012

Doors Close on 56th Annual Session of IAEA General Conference


General Conference EndsThe 56th annual session of the IAEA General Conference concluded today in Vienna. More than 3 000 delegates from 155 IAEA Member States, international organizations, NGO's and the media attended the event held at the Austria Center, Vienna from 17-22 September 2012. The full texts of adopted resolutions will be posted in due course on the IAEA website. More → :: Director General Statement to Conference → :: Photo Gallery →

Visual Impressions of 56th IAEA General Conference


Visual Impressions of the IAEA 56th General Conference

Building Nuclear Regulators Independent of Political Pressure


RCFOn the final day of the weeklong General Conference, IAEA Member States were briefed on the challenges faced by the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) as well as its accomplishments. The Forum, for which the IAEA is the secretariat, supports nuclear newcomer countries in their efforts to launch safe, secure and sustainable nuclear power programmes. One of the aims of this year's meeting was to encourage countries committed to the implementation of nuclear power, to join the organization. Attendees were informed that the Forum's website will be reorganized and redesigned to share restricted information about nuclear power implementation with non-nuclear power countries. Organizers said this is in an effort to help these countries understand some of the challenges they are likely to face as they continue to pursue nuclear power. Overall, the RCF aims to facilitate and promote the coordination, collaboration and exchange of regulatory knowledge and experience among Member States involved in nuclear power, and to effectively facilitate the channeling of resources from Member States willing to provide support to others in their efforts to build independent and robust regulatory institutions. The RCF has 22 members - 20 IAEA Member States, the European Commission, and the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development's Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA).

Nuclear Science Education and Training in African Region


GAEC The IAEA and the Ghana Atomic Energy Commission (GAEC) signed agreements in Vienna to support education, training and outreach in the nuclear field, including e-learning capabilities, and to collaborate in promoting nuclear knowledge management in IAEA Member States in the African Region. On 21 September 2012, Mr. Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General for Nuclear Energy, and Mr. Albert K. Fiadjoe (Prof. Emeritus), Chairman, GAEC, concluded the Agreement. More →

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 → :: Photo Gallery →