51th IAEA General Conference

Pre Conference Information

Delegate Registration

Designated representatives from IAEA Member States and invited non-member States and organizations may register for the IAEA General Conference here.

Participants at the General Conference

Member States participating in the General Conference. More » [pdf]

Documents

The Provisional Agenda and a list of documents for the General Conference are posted here as they become available. More »

Scientific Forum at the General Conference

A Scientific Forum will be convened in conjunction with the General Conference - entitled Global Challenges and the Development of Atomic Energy: The Next 25 Years - at the Austria Center in Vienna, the site of the General Conference. More »

INSAG Forum

On Monday, 17 September, the International Safety Advisory Group (INSAG) will be holding a Forum on two important issues: operational experience feedback and the synergy between safety and security. The Forum, chaired by INSAG Chairman Richard Meserve, took place from 3:00 p.m. in Hall C of the Austria Centre. More »

Gala Concert on the IAEA's 50th Anniversary

Through the generous offer of the Austrian government, on Monday, 17 September, a Gala Concert will be held at the venue of the first General Conference, the Konzerthaus, at 7.30 in the evening. The festive evening will be commenced by addresses of the Director General, the Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, and the Austrian Federal President. After the concert, participants are invited to a reception at the Konzerthaus. More »

Senior Regulators' Meeting

On Thursday, 20 September, a meeting of Senior Regulators is being convened to discuus, among others, the feedback from recent Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) missions. Senior regulators from Japan will also provide information on the impact of the earthquake to the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plants and on regulatory control during outages and refueling . The senior regulators will then exchange their experience on the regulatory control of medical applications. Following the Senior Regulators' Meeting, Mr. A. Colino, Commissioner of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Spain, will present the Spanish experience on monitoring scrap metal for radioactive contamination. More »

Press and Photo Opportunity with IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei and Austrian Foreign Minister, Ursula Plassnik

On Monday, 17th September 2007 at 11:30, Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and Austrian Foreign Minister, Ursula Plassnik will address the press on the occasion of the 51st General Conference of the IAEA and its special history with the City of Vienna. More »

Conference Highlights: Monday, 17 September

General Conference Opens September 17 in Vienna

Plenary session

The 51st annual regular session of the IAEA General Conference is taking place this week at the Austria Center in Vienna with high level delegates and representatives from the Agency's 144 Member States in attendance. The 5-day conference will discuss major issues facing the Agency, and approve its programme and budget for the coming year.
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Mouïn Hamzé of Lebanon Elected President

Mousin HamzeThe General Conference elected Mr. Mouïn Hamzé of Lebanon as President of the 51st IAEA General Conference. Mr. Hamzé is Secretary General of Lebanon's National Council for Scientific Research. He succeeds Mr. Abdul Samad Minty, South Africa's Ambassador to Austria and Resident Representative to the IAEA. Mr. Hamzé Curriculum Vitae »


Director General Addresses General Conference

Director GeneralIn a statement to delegations of Member States meeting at the 51st IAEA General Conference, Director General Mohamed ElBaradei reviewed major international developments and challenges facing the Agency and international community. Full Story :: Read Statement »


New Member States of the IAEA

The General Conference also approved the applications for IAEA membership of the Republics of Burundi, Cape Verde and Congo; the Kingdom of Bahrain; and Nepal. Membership takes effect once the required legal instruments are deposited with the Agency.

Press Opportunity with IAEA Director General and Austrian Foreign Minister, Ursula Plassnik

On Monday, 17th September 2007 at 11:30, Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and Austrian Foreign Minister, Ursula Plassnik addressed the press on the occasion of the 51st General Conference of the IAEA and its special history with the City of Vienna. More »

INSAG Forum

The International Safety Advisory Group (INSAG) today held a Forum on two important issues: operational experience feedback and the synergy between safety and security. The Forum, which will be chaired by INSAG Chairman Richard Meserve, will take place from 3:00 p.m. in Hall C of the Austria Centre. More »

Gala Concert on the IAEA's 50th Anniversary

Through the generous offer of the Austrian government, on Monday, 17 September, a Gala Concert will be held at the venue of the first General Conference, the Konzerthaus, at 7.30 in the evening. The festive evening will be commenced by addresses of the Director General, the Austrian Federal Minister for European and International Affairs, and the Austrian Federal President. After the concert, participants are invited to a reception at the Konzerthaus. More »

Scientific Forum at the General Conference

A Scientific Forum will be convened in conjunction with the General Conference - entitled Global Challenges and the Development of Atomic Energy: The Next 25 Years - at the Austria Center in Vienna, the site of the General Conference. More »

Senior Regulators' Meeting

On Thursday, 20 September, a meeting of Senior Regulators is being convened to discuus, among others, the feedback from recent Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) missions. Senior regulators from Japan will also provide information on the impact of the earthquake to the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plants and on regulatory control during outages and refueling . The senior regulators will then exchange their experience on the regulatory control of medical applications. Following the Senior Regulators' Meeting, Mr. A. Colino, Commissioner of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Spain, will present the Spanish experience on monitoring scrap metal for radioactive contamination. More »

Conference Highlights: Tuesday, 18 September

Scientific Forum On Challenges and Development of Atomic Energy Opens in Vienna

Scientific ForumA Scientific Forum on Global Challenges and the Development of Atomic Energy: The Next 25 Years opened today in Vienna. The Forum is being held in conjunction with the General Conference started with sessions on nuclear power. Other sessions will touch on food and agriculture; safety and security; and safeguards and verification. More »

Conference Adopts Agenda

At its session yesterday, the IAEA General Conference adopted its agenda, allocating items for discussion among Conference bodies. Read Agenda » [pdf]

Exhibits and Related Events at the General Conference

Several exhibits are scheduled to open today highlighting the work of the IAEA in various areas, as well as special exhibits organized by Member States.

  • Peruvian RiceTechnical Cooperation. The IAEA Department of Technical Cooperation officially opens an exhibition at 2:00 p.m., Tuesday, 18 September, showcasing some of the successes of its programme. The exhibition is entitled Technical Cooperation: Delivering Results for Peace and Development. It will provide information on a range of project focusing on agriculture, health, environment, water resource management, radiation technology and energy. More »:: Photo Essay »
  • Korean ExhibitKorean Exhibit. Also in the afternoon, the Republic of Korea will officially open its exhibition on "Road to Find Tomorrow -- Radiation Fusion Technology". Particular emphasis is on the country's radiation technology that could be shared with other countries, such as cyclotron, a herbal protector called HemoHIM, a mutation breed called Orchid and a treatment dressing called Cligel.
  • Japanese Exhibit. In another exhibit shown throughout the week of the General Conference, the Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, Inc. (JAIF) and the Japan Nuclear Technology Institute (JANTI) are showing, through pictures, that units of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant were automatically shutdown and behaved in a safe manner during and after the strong earthquake.
  • Chinese Exhibit. China is also exhibiting its years 20 years and more of nuclear energy development and cooperation with the IAEA. Areas of cooperation include the nuclear fuel cycle, nuclear plant construction and operation, nuclear safety, security and safeguards.
  • Other Exhibits. Other Member States with exhibits and dispalys on various themes include: Argentina, Indonesia, Malaysia, Morocco, Russian Federation, South Africa, and United States.

Conference Highlights: Wednesday, 19 September

Scientific Forum Continues on Second Day

Scientific ForumAt its opening session on nuclear energy, participants to the scientific forum were told that the industry's future is in international partnerships and cooperation. The forum continues today with sessions on safety and security and safeguards and verification. More »


IAEA Chief Receives "Atoms for Peace" Prize

DG Receiving AwardIAEA Director General, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei today officially received the inaugural "Atoms for Peace" prize awarded by the International Institute for Sustainable Peace (IISP) and the World Council of Nuclear Workers (WONUC). The prize was presented by Prof. Tetsuo Sawada of IISP. More »


FAO/IAEA Cooperation in Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture

Jacques Diouf, Director-General of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), on Tuesday hailed the joint FAO/IAEA programme, Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture, as one of the best examples of inter-agency cooperation in the United Nations family. More »

Photo Gallery: 51st IAEA General Conference

Chocolate SalieraA chocolate replica of the Saliera, a US $60 million Rennaisance sculpture, is on display at the 51st IAEA General Conference. This and other images are featured in a photo gallery of conference activities and events that is now available on line. View Gallery »

Photo Essay: Technical Cooperation Exhibit at the 51st IAEA General Conference

TC ExhibitAn exhibit from the Department of Technical Cooperation is providing information on a range of project focusing on agriculture, health, environment, water resource management, radiation technology and energy. View Multimedia Essay »

People of Republic of Korea Make Novel Donation to PACT

Donate to PACTAt an informal ceremony set against the backdrop of the IAEA's 51st General Conference, the Republic of Korea quietly made a unique donation to the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT). More »

Nuclear Institutions in Andes Get ARCAL Prize

The nuclear institutions of the countries of the Andean Group have been awarded the ARCAL Prize in recognition of their effort for the peaceful development of nuclear energy in the region. More »

Conference Highlights: Thursday, 20 September

New Members Elected to the IAEA Board of Governors

Next SpeakerEleven countries have been newly elected to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2007-2009. The action was taken by Member States meeting at the IAEA General Conference in Vienna this week. The newly elected Board members are Albania, Algeria, Ecuador, Ghana, Iraq, Ireland, Lithuania, Mexico, Philippines, Saudi Arabia, and Switzerland.

Scientific Forum's Concluding Report Presented to the General Conference

SciForumMr. Gareth Evans, Chairman of the Scientific Forum, today delivered the forum's concluding report to the 51st Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference. The 10th Scientific Forum looked at global challenges and the development of atomic energy for the next 25 years. A total of 25 presentations were given during the two-day event, which comprised four major sessions: nuclear power; food, agriculture and health; global safety and security regime; and safeguards and nuclear verification. Full Report » :: More »

Senior Regulators' Meeting

A meeting of Senior Regulators is being convened today to discuss, among others, the feedback from recent Integrated Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) missions. Senior regulators from Japan will also provide information on the impact of the earthquake to the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plants and on regulatory control during outages and refueling. The senior regulators will then exchange their experience on the regulatory control of medical applications. Following the Senior Regulators' Meeting, Mr. A. Colino, Commissioner of the Nuclear Safety Commission of Spain, will present the Spanish experience on monitoring scrap metal for radioactive contamination. More »

Other Meetings and Briefings

Additional meetings scheduled today include the following:

  • Side Event on Nuclear Power, Climate Policy and Sustainability - An Assessment by the Austrian Nuclear Advisory Board. This presentation held in the early afternoon covered the following issues: nuclear safety, radioactive waste, terrorism, emergency planning, nuclear proliferation, the timeliness of the nuclear option, and economic aspects, among others.
  • Briefing on PACT Progress. The briefing consisted of a progress report by the programme officer and short demonstrations on PACT model sites in several Member States.
  • IAEA Support of Research Reactor Conversion Project - HEU to LEU. The briefing presented different approaches taken by the IAEA to address challenges involved in the conversion of research reactors from high enriched uranium (HEU) to low enriched uranium (LEU). Examples of conversion related projects in different Member States were presented.
  • Briefing on Infrastructure. This briefing was for Member States considering the introduction of nuclear power in their energy mix. It presented information on IAEA actions in response to a 2005 General Conference resolution on supporting nuclear power infrastructure development. It also described developments in the preparation of a document that will identify milestones for preparing for the introduction of nuclear power.

Photo Gallery: 51st IAEA General Conference

Next SpeakerA delegate prepares for his turn to address the General Conference from the podium. This and other images are featured in a photo gallery of conference activities and events that is now available on line, and new images have been added. View Photos »

Conference Highlights: Friday, 21 September

IAEA General Conference Concludes in Vienna

PlenaryThe IAEA General Conference of Member States concluded today in Vienna. More than 100 IAEA Member States and over 1,500 delegates attended the five-day event held at the Austria Center, Vienna from 17-21 September. During the concluding session, delegates adopted resolutions aimed at strengthening the IAEA's work in the areas of technology, safety and security, and safeguards. More » :: DG Statement to Conference »

General Conference Adopts Resolutions on the IAEA's Work

GC President with the DG

At its concluding session today, the IAEA General Conference adopted resolutions on measures to strengthen the IAEA's technical cooperation, nuclear science, technology and applications activities as well as international cooperation in nuclear safety and waste management. Two further resolutions, one on safeguards, and another one on measures to protect against nuclear terrorism, were also adopted by the delegates. More » :: Watch Larger Video »

PACT Day at the General Conference

Cancer BookThursday, the day designated to the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) at this year's General Conference provided ample evidence of the young initiative's growing role in international efforts to fight cancer in the developing world. More »

Fuel Conversion Initiatives Support Global Non-Proliferation

Fuel ConversionFuel conversion projects help support international nuclear non-proliferation efforts by reducing the amount of highly enriched uranium in international commerce. More »

Decommissioning Nuclear Facilities

Fuel ConversionThe IAEA 51st General Conference was the setting for the launch of a new international initiative aimed at bolstering cooperation between organizations involved in the decommissioning of nuclear installations. More »