At the IAEA in Vienna, hundreds of delegates attend the International
Chernobyl Conference that
sums up what’s known about
the 1986 accident’s radiological consequences one decade later.
IAEA Board agrees to negotiations on a new legal instrument attached to
safeguards agreements that would grant Agency inspectors greater authority.
September, a “Trilateral Initiative” is launched between the
IAEA, Russia, and the USA to consider practical measures concerning IAEA
verification of weapon-origin fissile materials,
which represents an
important first step for international verification of nuclear disarmament.
the United Nations in New York on 10 September, the General Assembly
approves the Comprehensive
Test Ban Treaty by a vote of 158 to three. Vienna is to host the
26 October, the IAEA marks the 40th anniversary of the opening for signature
of its Statute.
More than 70 countries signed the Statute at a conference in New York
on 26 October 1956;
the Agency officially came into existence ten months
later, in July 1957.
UN announces that the Chemical
Weapons Convention will enter into force 29 April 1997.
IAEA completes a study of radiological
risks in the Arctic Seas related to waste dumping,
finding no need
for remedial actions.
world marks the 100th anniversary of the discovery of radioactivity in
January 1896 by French scientist Henri Becquerel.