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GC(41)/RES/20
October 1997

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Forty-first regular session
Agenda item 20
(GC(41)/28)

Article VI of the Statute

(a) Amendment of Article VI

Resolution adopted on 3 October 1997 during the 9th plenary meeting

Amendment of Article VI of the Statute

The General Conference,

(a) Recalling its resolutions GC(XXI)/RES/353, GC(XXII)/RES/361, GC(XXIII)/RES/370, GC(XXIV)/RES/378 and GC(XXV)/RES/389 concerning the amendment of Article VI.A.2 of the Statute,

(b) Bearing in mind the fundamental structural changes that have taken place in the past two decades in international relations, particularly in the nuclear community resulting in the under-representation of other areas on the Board of Governors of the IAEA,

(c) Noting the interest of Member States of all regions in considering Board membership in the light of present-day geopolitical and technical realities and recognizing that there is a widely held view to expand the size and composition of the Board,

(d) Convinced of the urgent need to implement all relevant General Conference resolutions and decisions relating to amendment of Article VI, and especially resolution GC(40)/RES/20, which calls for the submission of a finalized formula to be approved by the General Conference at its forty-first regular session in accordance with Article XVIII of the Statute,

(e) Taking note with appreciation of the efforts undertaken by the Chairpersons of the Open-ended Consultative Group and of the progress achieved in this regard,

(f) Noting with regret that the Board of Governors at its June and September sessions was not in a position to submit a report on a finalized formula for amending Article VI for consideration and approval by the General Conference, as requested in resolution GC(40)/RES/20, and

(g) Confident that the General Conference will implement its resolutions and decisions relating to the amendment of Article VI at its forty-second regular session at the latest,

  1. Expresses appreciation for the efforts of the Chairman of the Board of Governors and takes note of the reports contained in documents GC(41)/23 and GC(41)/24;

  2. Welcomes the proposal submitted by Sudan on behalf of the African Group as contained in Appendix IV to document GC(41)/11, the proposal submitted by Canada as contained in Appendix II to document GC(41)/11 (as part of the Chairman's package), and the proposal submitted by Morocco as contained in Appendix V to document GC(41)/11 and recognizes the urgent need to take fully into consideration the momentum they have brought to the consultation process;

  3. Requests the Board of Governors to develop within a timetable a process of negotiations among Member States, taking account of the above proposals, and to submit its report on a finalized formula for approval by the General Conference at its forty-second regular session in accordance with Article XVIII of the Statute; and

  4. Invites the Director General to report to the Board of Governors and to the General Conference at its forty-second session on the result achieved in the implementation of the present resolution.


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