Pre Conference Information
Information about the General Conference, as well as other events organized in conjunction with the Conference's Session will be added as it becomes available.
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.
For past sessions, see the GC Archives.
Scientific Forum at General Conference
A Scientific Forum will be held in conjunction with the 58th General Conference - entitled Radioactive Waste: Meeting the Challenge - Science and Technology for Safe and Sustainable Solutions - in Board Room D, C-Building, 4th Floor, in the Vienna Internatonal Centre (VIC), the site of the General Conference, and will focus on radioactive waste and the science and technology available for its safe management. More →
Senior Regulators' Meeting
The Senior Regulators' Meeting will be held on 25 September 2014 in Meeting Room C3, C-Building, 7th floor, in the Vienna International Centre. Session I this year is on the role of the regulatory body in strengthening the implementation of defence in depth and Session II will cover regulatory needs and challenges in nuclear security. In addition, there will be a special Session III celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Senior Regulators' Meeting, looking back at topics covered over the last three decades.
International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) Forum
The International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) - entitled Strengthening Nuclear Safety: The Way Forward - will hold its annual forum on Monday, 22 September 2014, on the opening day of the General Conference.
Member States and organizations wishing to take part in the exhibition to be set up as a side event to the 2014 General Conference, are kindly invited to submit their requests for space, together with the title and a short description of the concept and content of their planned exhibition, to the Infrastructure Committee as soon as possible. The deadline for submissions is 13 June 2014.
In planning their exhibition, Member States are kindly reminded that they should adhere to the Guidelines for Exhibitions in the Vienna International Centre (VIC), distributed to Permanent Missions on 29 April 2013.
It should be noted that the specific location of each Member State's exhibition shall be assigned by the Agency on a rotational basis, as per the usual practice. Therefore, no specific spot can be automatically reserved by the same Member State every year.
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, 23 September 2014. Links to the video streaming service will be provided on the opening day.
Deputy Director General Janice Dunn Lee on 58th IAEA General Conference
All things nuclear take centre stage in Vienna, Austria, when the IAEA holds its annual General Conference. The Conference will be attended by delegates from the IAEA's Member States and from various organizations. Janice Dunn Lee, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management, looks ahead to the Conference, explaining the agenda items and the Conference's objectives. Listen to the Podcast → [.mp3]
Conference Highlights: Monday, 22 September 2014
58th IAEA General Conference Convenes in Vienna
The IAEA's five-day General Conference opens on
22 September 2014 to consider the Agency's programme and activities and approve its budget for the coming year. High-level governmental representatives from the IAEA's 162 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 →
IAEA Director General Addresses General Conference
In his address to the delegates of the 58th IAEA General Conference, Director General Yukiya Amano summarized the Agency's activities in nuclear power, nuclear safety and security, nuclear applications, technical cooperation and non-proliferation. More → :: Full Statement → :: Photo Gallery →
Conference Elects Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez of Sri Lanka as President
The General Conference elected Mr. Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez of Sri Lanka as President of the 58th IAEA General Conference.
Mr. Azeez is Sri Lanka's Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the UN and other International Organizations in Vienna. Curriculum Vitae → :: Statement → [pdf]
Message From UN Secretary General
At the opening of the 58th IAEA General Conference, a message from the United Nations Secretary General, Ban Ki-Moon, was delivered on his behalf by Ms. Angela Kane, 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 Union of the Comoros, Republic of Djibouti, Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Republic of Vanuatu for membership in the IAEA. Membership will take effect once the appropriate legal instruments are deposited with the Agency.
Briefing on a New Strategic Approach to Establishing and Strengthening Radiation Safety Infrastructure in Member States
Among the side events taking place at the IAEA annual General Conference was a briefing on A New Strategic Approach to Establishing and Strengthening Radiation Safety Infrastructure in Member States. The briefing emphasized the importance of radiation safety and briefed participants on a strategic approach for accelerating the establishment and strengthening an effective radiation safety infrastructure. The event also called attention to the importance of developing and implementing a national strategy that is comprehensive, holistic, efficient and sustainable while making optimal use of national, regional and international resources to establish an effective radiation safety structure.
INSAG Forum - Strengthening Nuclear Safety: The Way Forward
The 2014 Forum of the International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) conducted a roundtable discussion on the margins of the on-going IAEA 58th General Conference. The Forum discussed the way forward for further strengthening global nuclear safety as well as provided insights from INSAG and other participants on further enhancing the concept of "defence in depth" and its application. The INSAG Chairman is Richard A. Meserve, who was the former Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission.
OLA Treaty Event
The IAEA Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) organized a Treaty Event aimed at promoting universal adherence to multilateral treaties related to nuclear safety, security and liability for nuclear damage for which the Agency is depositary. This year's Treaty Event focused on the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM). A list of treaties featured at the Treaty Event, a brief overview of their objectives and key provisions and procedural information relating to the Treaty Event can be found on the OLA webpage.
Joint IAEA-EC Activities on Radioactive Waste Management, Decommissioning and Remediation
The European Commission (EC) and Joint IAEA-EC Activities on Radioactive Waste Management, Decommissioning and Remediation meeting was held in the margins of the 58th IAEA General Conference. At this event, an overview of the activities of the EC in the field of radioactive waste management, decommissioning and remediation was provided and it also included detailed information on the successful collaborative projects between the IAEA and the EC.
Conference Highlights: Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Scientific Forum On Radioactive Waste: Meeting the Challenge - Science and Technology for Safe and Sustainable Solutions
The IAEA's Scientific Forum on Radioactive Waste: Meeting the Challenge - Science and Technology for Safe and Sustainable Solutions opened today in Vienna, Austria. The two-day Forum focuses on radioactive waste and the science and technology available for its safe management. International experts on radioactive waste will highlight the science and technology available to develop safe, secure and sustainable solutions for its management. The meeting will also highlight how the IAEA is supporting its Member States in meeting the challenge. Watch it live here from 10.00 CET-18.00 CET. :: Press Release :: Scientific Forum →
Conference Adopts Agenda
At its second plenary session yesterday, the IAEA General Conference adopted its Agenda, allocating items for discussion among Conference bodies. Agenda →
Women in All Things Nuclear – The Way Forward
The Agency strives to be an employer of choice for highly qualified individuals from across the globe and actively supports events and initiatives to address its goal of gender parity in all areas of the organization. The side event Women in All Things Nuclear - The Way Forward, was first held in 2013 and hosted by the IAEA Department of Management. This event focuses on the gender balance within the Agency's organizational context and how, in partnership with key stakeholders, the IAEA is working to promote equal opportunities within the Organization. The event, held on the side lines of the IAEA 58th General Conference, included an open forum to discuss both challenges and opportunities, particularly for professional women, youth and under-represented regions, as well as issues relating to short and long term staffing.
Spotlight on ConvEx-3
The purpose of Spotlight on ConvEx - jointly organized by the IAEA and the Permanent Mission of Morocco - was to present an overview of the ConvEx-3 exercise that was conducted by the IAEA Incident Emergency Centre(IEC) from 20 to 21 November 2013. The presentation focused on the ConvEx-3 exercise preparations, the simulated scenario, follow-up meetings and reports on the exercise. Findings, lessons learned and conclusions from the exercise were also discussed at this event.
Meeting of Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR)
The Meeting of the Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR) that took place at IAEA Headquarters provided an overview of ANNuR and its activities for the attending delegates and Member State representatives. Launched in March 2010, ANNuR focuses on enhancing, strengthening and harmonizing the radiation protection, nuclear safety and security regulatory infrastructure and framework among the ANNuR's members. As part of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN), ANNuR's objective - to be carried out partially through the use of an IAEA internet portal within the GNSSN platform - is to facilitate regional cooperation with a focus on capacity building and infrastructure development. It also encourages an exchange of regulatory experiences and practices among the nuclear regulatory bodies in the region. ANNuR serves as a forum for an exchange of ideas to find innovative approaches on issues of common interest.
Nuclear Security Culture in Practice: IAEA's Global Approach
A strong nuclear security culture was the theme of the side event entitled Nuclear Security Culture in Practice: IAEA's Global Approach. The event focused on issues pertaining to the increased effectiveness of the security of nuclear and radioactive material and associated facilities and activities including transport. During the event, participants were briefed on the IAEA's activities and future plans to support an enhancement of a global nuclear security culture. Examples of practical steps taken by some IAEA Member States to enhance the nuclear security culture at their facilities, including self-assessment trials, were also provided.
Reducing Unnecessary Diagnostic Imaging in Medicine Through Awareness, Appropriateness and Audit
Reducing unnecessary diagnostic imaging in medicine through Awareness, Appropriateness and Audit - The IAEA's AAA Approach was the theme of another side event held on 23 September 2014. The event highlighted the Agency's recommended approach to reduce unnecessary diagnostic imaging in medicine. Discussions covered the extent to which the exposure of patients to radiation has increased in recent times. The benefits of diagnostic medical exposures are not in doubt as they contribute greatly to the care and management of patients, but in some countries, the population's dose from medical exposures now rivals that from the natural background.
Conference Highlights: Wednesday, 24 September 2014
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Conference Highlights: Thursday, 25 September 2014
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Conference Highlights: Friday, 26 September 2014
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