Behind the Scenes at the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety

Published: 20 June 2011

The Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna concluded 24 June, with a final plenary session that considered recommendations and discussions related to improving nuclear safety around the world. Following are some images of what transpired 'behind the scenes' 20 June 2011. The first day of the Conference is always the busiest. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on his way to a bilateral meeting with Mr. Banri Kaieda, Minister for Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan. Open to the press, the bilateral meeting between the IAEA and Japan attracts a lot of media attention. Here, Japanese and international journalists are shown covering the event. A cameraman from Austria is seen filming the plenary room before the start of the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, 20 June 2011. IAEA staff make sure that every organizational detail of the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety is assured. Vienna, Austria, 20 June 2011. Senior IAEA officials listen to the statements of ministerial delegates to the IAEA Conference on Nuclear Safety. Journalists prepare their equipment for the opening day media briefing by IAEA and conference officials, 20 June 2011. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano briefs members of the international media during a press briefing at the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. A lively question and answer portion is almost always guaranteed. On a very tight schedule, the IAEA Director General rushes from one meeting to another. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano meets Mr. Daniel Poneman, US Deputy Secretary of Energy, for another bilateral meeting. Here, senior IAEA officials welcome members of the U.S. delegation.. A bilateral meeting between Mr. Daniel Poneman, US Deputy Secretary of Energy and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano during the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. IAEA, Vienna, Austria, 21 June 2011. 21 June 2011. The second day of the Conference starts with the bilateral meeting between Mr Sergey Kirienko, Director General, State Corporation Rosatom and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano welcomes the delegation from the Association of Southrast Asian Nations (ASEAN) for another interesting bilateral meeting. The atmoshpere is very friendly at the bilateral meeting between the ASEAN delegation and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. These bilaterla meetings took place during breaks from the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. A handshake with Mr. Fereydoun Abbasi Davani, Vice President of the Islamic Republic of Iran and President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, during the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. IAEA, Vienna, Austria, 21 June 2011 Fielding their stories as quickly as possible is essential for the international media. Here, in the busy press room, a journalist is writing a report of the day's events. Austrian Foreign Minister Mr. Michael Spindelegger arrives at IAEA headquarters to attend the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. IAEA, Vienna, Austria, 21 June 2011 IAEA Chef de Cabinet Rafael Grossi and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano take advantage of a short break to confer before the next scheduled bilateral meeting. IAEA Director General Amano takes a short moment of reflection during a busy day at the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. Rafael Grossi, IAEA Chef the Cabinef, in a discussion with Architect Yeafesh Osman, State Minister, Ministry of Science and ICT Bangladesh. Vienna, Austria, 20 - 24 June 2011 Mr. Yousuf Alawi Abdulla Al Ibrahim, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Oman, shares a light moment during his bilateral meeting with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. © IAEA