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Science & Technology

Developing Infrastructure for New Nuclear Power Programmes Developing Infrastructure for New Nuclear Power Programmes (2011) This brochure summarizes the services the IAEA offers to Member States considering the introduction of nuclear power. Download pdf » (1.66 MB)


Nuclear Fuel Cycle Nuclear Fuel Cycle (2011) The various activities associated with the production of electricity from nuclear reactors. Download pdf »
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International Status and Prospects of Nuclear Power International Status and Prospects of Nuclear Power (2010) This report presents an overview of the status of the global use of nuclear energy (as of beginning 2010) and the prospects for its development in the coming years. It is based on information available to the IAEA on the intentions of countries with regard to their application of nuclear energy. Challenges facing nuclear power countries are highlighted, as well as requirements for building and sustaining the necessary infrastructure for nuclear power and its associated fuel cycle. Download pdf » (1.54 MB)

INPRO: Sustainable Nuclear Energy for 21st Century INPRO: Sustainable Nuclear Energy for 21st Century (2010) Concerns over energy resource availability, energy security and climate change suggest an important role for nuclear power in supplying sustainable energy in the 21st century. The International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO), initiated in 2000 by a resolution of the IAEA General Conference, helps ensuring that nuclear energy is available to contribute to meeting global energy needs of the 21st century in a sustainable manner. Download pdf » (404 KB)

Isotopic Tools for Protecting the Seas Isotopic Tools for Protecting the Seas (2010) Preservation of a healthy marine environment and the sustainable development of marine resources are major tasks of the IAEA. As the unique marine laboratories in the UN system, IAEA-MEL is designed to respond to regular requests for technical assistance not only from other UN agencies, but also its Member States, providing a better understanding of the monitoring and protection of the oceans through training courses and technical cooperation projects. Download pdf » (2.41 MB)

IAEA/PACT in Africa IAEA/PACT in Africa (2010) The cancer epidemic has become one of the world´s greatest health concerns, cutting across both the developed and developing world. Africa is quickly becoming one of the worst affected regions, as rates of cancer are increasing and treatment options are limited. This brochure details the work that the IAEA´s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) is engaged in to help African countries to fight cancer. Download pdf » (609 KB)

Safety Framework for Nuclear Power Source Applications in Outer Space Safety Framework for Nuclear Power Source Applications in Outer Space (2009) This publication, prepared by the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space and the IAEA, states the fundamentals safety objective, which is to protect people and the environment in Earth´s biosphere from potential hazards associated with relevant launch, operation and end-of-service phases of space nuclear power source applications. Guidance for satisfying the fundamental safety objective is grouped into three categories: guidance for governments applying to governments and relevant international intergovernmental organizations that authorize, approve or conduct space NPS missions; guidance for management applying to the management of the organization that conducts space NPS missions; and technical guidance applying to the design, development and mission phases of space NPS applications. Download pdf » (250 KB)

Nuclear Technology and Economic Development in the Republic of Korea Nuclear Technology and Economic Development in the Republic of Korea (2009) This report contains the results of a series of studies carried out over the last five years by the IAEA, in cooperation with the Ministry of Science and Technology, the Ministry of Commerce, Industry and Energy and the Korea Hydro and Nuclear Power Company of the Republic of Korea. The aim was to quantify the benefits of nuclear technologies to the economy of the Republic of Korea. Download pdf » (893 KB)

Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Missions (INIR) Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Missions (INIR) (2009) This booklet is a guide to peer reviews conducted by international experts who have direct experience in specialized areas of the infrastracture required for a nuclear power programme. The peer reviews - known as Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review Missions (INIR) - are done at the request of an IAEA Member State and focus on specific areas of interest. Download pdf » (445 KB)

FAO Atoms For Food - A Global Partnership (2008) The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) have been partners for nearly half a century, contributing to efforts toward shared goals of food security. Their mission - through a Joint Division headquartered at the IAEA in Austria - is to help countries effectively use nuclear science and related technologies for food and agricultural development. Download pdf » (865 KB)

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PACT PACT - Building Partnerships to Fight the Cancer Epidemic (2008) The Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT ) was created by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 2004 to help fight the cancer crisis threatening the developing world. PACT builds on the IAEA´s 30 years of experience in bringing radiation medicine and technology to developing countries. Download pdf » (3.18 MB)

PACT Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) (2008) Launched in 2004 in response to the world´s growing cancer crisis, the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) is the IAEA´s umbrella programme for combating cancer in low and middle-income countries. Key facts and figures about PACT´s mission and activities can be found in this leaflet. Download pdf » (690 KB)

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Beyond the Visible Beyond the Visible: Managing Heart Disease and Cancer With Nuclear Science (2006) Early and accurate diagnosis is vital for effective treatment of heart disease and cancer. Nuclear medicine techniques are helping to provide critical information that doctors need to make wise decisions about treatment and disease management. The IAEA is helping to make these techniques widely available to patients around the world. Download pdf » (806 KB)

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Nuclear Energy and the IAEA Nuclear Energy and the IAEA (2006) This brochure describes the work of the IAEA in the nuclear energy field. It focuses on the many activities and programmes supported by the Nuclear Energy Department and includes a foreword on addressing the "Global Energy Imbalance" from IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei. Download pdf » (417 KB)

Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) (2006) This brochure informs potential partners and donors about PACT, the IAEA´s Programme for Action for Cancer Therapy. PACT was created in 2004 to build upon the Agency´s long experience in cancer therapy and to forge an international, public-private alliance of organizations working in support of comprehensive cancer control in the developing world. Download pdf » (514 KB)

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Nuclear Power and Sustainable Development Nuclear Power and Sustainable Development (2006) This brochure discusses future energy trends, growth in energy demand, energy resources and the role it plays in development. It highlights the challenges in sustainability, non-proliferation and security of nuclear material, outlining the distinct advantages of nuclear power and making extensive comparisons with other energy sources. Download pdf » (944 KB)

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Isotopic Tools for Protecting the Seas Isotopic Tools for Protecting the Seas (2006) The oceans and seas are our greatest natural resource, but they are under threat for many reasons. The IAEA operates one of the world´s leading centres for marine environmental protection, the Monaco-based Marine Environment Laboratory (MEL). The Laboratory applies nuclear and isotopic techniques to research and document pollution and other problems, and technically assists States facing threats to their lakes, seas, and coastal waters. Download pdf » (842 KB)

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Cancer Treatment Book cover A Silent Crisis: Cancer Treatment in Developing Countries (2003) Providing essential equipment and training of medical personnel to safely treat cancer patients in the developing world is of increasing importance to the IAEA. This booklet highlights Agency projects in radiotherapy. Download pdf » (611 KB)

Book cover Improving Nutrition Through Nuclear Science (2003) Tools of nuclear science are helping to improve nutrition for men, women, and children, notably in developing countries. This brochure highlights the progress. Read More »


Book cover Science Serving People (2002) This booklet tells the story of how the IAEA is helping to harness knowledge to promote development and deliver real benefits to the poor, and demonstrates how nuclear science and technology applications are being employed to overcome the challenges of water scarcity, food insecurity, malnutrition, malaria, environmental degradation and many other problems. Read more »

Building a Sustainable Future Book cover Building a Sustainable Future (2002) This booklet looks at how science and technology are playing key roles to help countries make strides towards the goals of sustainable development. It underlines that maintaining progress to overcome the major challenges of eradicating poverty, fighting disease, and protecting our environment depends upon sustained and cooperative action among committed partners. Read more »

Advancing the Agenda Book cover Advancing the Agenda - IAEA Technical Cooperation in Support of the Earth Summit's Agenda 21 (2001) Issued as a supplement to the IAEA Bulletin, this report highlights results and impacts from the IAEA's assistance to countries in key areas of sustainable development. Download pdf » (1.3 MB)

People and Places - Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (2001) This booklet, produced by the ICTP in Trieste, Italy, describes the centre's origins and role as a global research body for scientists from developing and industrialized countries. Download pdf »

Statement to the Sixth Conference of Parties to the UN Framework Convention Climate Change (UNFCCC), Mr. David Waller, IAEA Deputy Director General for Management (2000) This statement, delivered 20 November 2000 at The Hague, urges consideration of the nuclear power option in the context of global climate change. Read more »

Radioactive Waste Management - Turning Options Into Solutions (2000) This report summarizes the presentations and discussions held during the Scientific Forum (19-20 September 2000) at the 44th Regular Session of the General Conference. Download pdf » (2 MB)

Climate Change and Nuclear Power (2000) This booklet summarizes nuclear power´s current status, including the issues of cost, safety, waste management and nuclear non proliferation and its potential for contributing to the reduction in greenhouse gas emissions called for in the Climate Change Convention. Download pdf » (5 MB)

Safeguarding the Harvest - Food Irradiation (2000) This booklet, from the International Consultative Group on Food Irradiation in which the IAEA participates, addresses the role of irradiation in helping to meet food security goals and the requirements for food safety. Download pdf » (1.2 MB)

Combating Infection in Developing Countries (2000) This brochure highlights the role of the IAEA in disseminating nuclear techniques to combat infection and infectious disease, such as malaria, tuberculosis, hepatitis and Chagas disease. Download pdf » (3.3 MB)

Nuclear Power for Greenhouse Gas Mitigation (2000) This publication briefly assesses, under the Kyoto Protocol, nuclear power´s role in light of global environmental challenges and energy needs, and includes national case studies on China, India, Viet Nam and Pakistan to explore the potential role of nuclear power as a Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) technology. Download pdf » (323 KB)

Sustainable Development: A Role for Nuclear Power? (1999) This report summarizes the presentations and discussions held during the Scientific Forum (28-29 September 1999) at the 43rd Regular Session of the General Conference. Download pdf » (large file - 25 MB)

IAEA Technical Co-operation: Building Development Partnerships (1998) This book describes the benefits that cooperation among international organizations and agencies can bring to worldwide efforts to improve quality of life through technology exchange. Particularly, this book focuses on cooperation between the IAEA and the United Nations Development Program (UNDP). Read more »

Sustainable Development and Nuclear Power (1997) This brochure discusses the concerns that limit the acceptance of nuclear power - the perceived health effects, consequences of severe accidents, disposal of high level waste and nuclear proliferation. It outlines the distinct advantages of nuclear power and make extensive comparisons with other energy sources. Read more »

IAEA Technical Co-operation: A Partner in Development (1997) This book illustrates some of the significant benefits of IAEA assistance - how the peaceful uses of nuclear technologies are accelerating prosperity, improved human health and environmental sustainability in developing countries. Read more »

Guarding the World´s Seas (1997) This booklet describes the role and work of the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratory in Monaco. Read more »

Targeting Malnutrition (1996) This booklet highlights the IAEA's work to help countries apply isotopic and other techniques in the field of human nutrition, and specifically to prevent "hidden hunger". Read more »

IAEA Technical Cooperation in the 1990s (1995) This booklet reviews the expansion of nuclear applications in various fields and how the IAEA has assisted countries through technical cooperation activities. Read more »

Isotopes in Water and Environmental Management (1995) This booklet examines the roles and uses of isotopes in the fight against global water scarcity. Read more »

  • New IAEA Booklet
  • IAEA-EU Joint Action: Partnership in Improving Nuclear Security
  • IAEA-EU Joint Action: Partnership in Improving Nuclear Security.
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