52nd IAEA General Conference

Pre Conference Information

Registration

Registration is open as of 14 July for designated representatives from IAEA Member States and invited non-Member States and organizations.

Journalists must register through the IAEA Division of Public Information Press Office.

Participants at the General Conference

Member States participating in the General Conference. More »

Advance Information for Delegations

Information about the General Conference, as well as other events organized in conjunction with the Conference´s Session is available here.

Documents

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

For past sessions, see the GC Archives.

Launch of World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS)

Former Senator Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Iniative (NTI), IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, and Secretary Samuel Bodman, United States Department of Energy, will participate in a news conference, Monday, 29 September, at 14.00, to launch the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS). The event will be held in the main foyer of the Austria Centre Vienna (ACV). More »

Scientific Forum at the General Conference

A Scientific Forum will be convened in conjunction with the General Conference - entitled The Future Role of the IAEA - at the Austria Center in Vienna, the site of the General Conference. More »

International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) Forum

The International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) will hold its annual forum Monday, 29 September, the opening day of the IAEA General Conference. More »

Senior Regulators´ Meeting

On Friday, 3 October, a meeting of the Senior Regulators will be convened in conjunction with the General Conference. Two main topics will be addressed:

  • Establishment of a National Nuclear Installations Safety Infrastructure; and
  • 50th Anniversary of the IAEA Safety Standards, Looking Forward to the Next 50 Years. More »

Conference Highlights: Monday, 29 September

General Conference Opens September 29 in Vienna

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The 52nd annual IAEA General Conference opens today in Vienna, Austria with high level delegates and representatives from the Agency's 145 Member States in attendance. The 5-day conference - from 29 September to 4 October - will discuss major issues facing the Agency, and approve its programme and budget for the coming year. Podcast also available »

Conference Elects Gianni Ghisi of Italy as President

General Conference President GhisiThe General Conference elected Mr.Gianni Ghisi of Italy as President of the 52nd IAEA General Conference. Mr. Ghisi is Italy's Ambassador and Resident Representative to the IAEA. Read Mr. Ghisi's Curriculum Vitae »

Director General ElBaradei Addresses the General Conference

General Director ElBaradeiIn his address to the delegates of the 52nd IAEA General Conference, Director General Mohamed ElBaradei reviewed tough challenges and hard decisions facing the Agency in areas of nuclear safeguards, security, safety, and peaceful development. Story » :: Full Statement »

New Member States of the IAEA

The General Conference today approved the applications for IAEA membership of the Kingdom of Lesotho, Independent State of Papua New Guinea; and Sultanate of Oman. Membership takes effect once the required legal instruments are deposited with the Agency.

INSAG Forum

The International Safety Advisory Group (INSAG) today held a Forum focusing on the infrastructure needed for nuclear safety, and include the perspectives of five nuclear "newcomers" in Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Background »

Launch of World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS)

Nunn, ElBaradei, BodmanFormer Senator Sam Nunn, Co-Chairman of the Nuclear Threat Iniative (NTI), IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, and Secretary Samuel Bodman, United States Department of Energy, participated in a news conference, Monday, 29 September, to launch the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS). The event was held in the main foyer of the Austria Centre Vienna (ACV). More »

Better Radiation Protection for Patients

General ConferencePatients in many countries need better protection from unwanted exposure to radiation during medical exams and treatment, nuclear regulators and health practitioners are warning. In some countries, doses are not well controlled, while in others problems are linked to weak regulatory oversight or medical workers who lack training. The topic was featured at a briefing organized by the French Presidency of the European Union. More »

Conference Highlights: Tuesday, 30 September

Scientific Forum On the Future Role of the IAEA

Scientific ForumA Scientific Forum on The Future Role of the IAEA opened today in Vienna. The Forum is being held in conjunction with the General Conference and will reflect on the nature and scope of the Agency's programme up to 2020 and beyond. More »



What Next for "Atoms for Food" Partnership?

Atoms for FoodFor decades, the IAEA and Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) have spearheaded the development and application of nuclear techniques in food and agriculture, teaming up to contribute to the world's goals for food security in valuable ways. Today the successful "Atoms for Food" partnership stands in the balance.   More »

IAEA and IRD Sign "Entente Cordiale" for Development

IAEA and IRDAn agreement was signed today between the IAEA and France's "Institut de Researche pour le Développment (IRD)" for co-operation in the use of nuclear techniques to address the needs of developing nations. The agreement is seen as a building block to foster coordination and develop synergies between the two institutions in areas such as pest control, soil erosion and management, as well as agricultural water management. More »

Experts Discuss Implications of a Resurging Uranium Industry

Ambassador ShannonIndustry experts and delegates from Member States met to discuss safety and regulatory implications of a resurgent uranium mining industry at a roundtable session chaired by Australian Ambassador Peter Shannon. The session featured a series of presentation highlighting different perspectives of the issue: from the IAEA, from an industry representative, from a regulatory organisation, and from government. They reinforced the need for a coordinated collective response in areas of safety, regulatory framework, radiation protection, shortage of trained personnel, and implementation of best practices.

Republic of Korea Champions PACT and Fight Against Cancer

PACT and KoreaThe 52nd Annual General Conference of the IAEA started on a bright note for the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), with a $20,000 donation from the Republic of Korea, through its Korea Nuclear International Cooperation Foundation (KONICOF). More » :: PACT Brochure »

Conference Highlights: Wednesday, 1 October

Scientific Forum Continues on Second Day

Scientific Forum"This is not only about the IAEA but the kind of world we want to live in, in terms of development and security and the links between those two areas", Dr. ElBaradei told participants at the opening session of this year's scientific forum on the future of the Agency. The forum continues on its second session today. More »

United Kingdom Donates € 1.5 Million to Nuclear Security Fund

UK Donation to ArmeniaThe UK made a € 1.5 million donation to the IAEA's Nuclear Security Fund to upgrade the physical protection of a key nuclear facility in Armenia. The donation represents a step change in the type of collaboration supported through the fund, in that it is directly deploying a substantial integrated nuclear physical protection upgrade at a key location.

24 Hours at the IAEA General Conference, a Photo Reportage

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Conference Highlights: Friday, 3 October

Resolutions & Issues at the 52nd IAEA General Conference

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IAEA Deputy Director General, David Waller, speaks about the resolutions and issues causing debate at the Agency’s annual general conference, as the meeting carries into the evening of its fourth day.

New Members Elected to the IAEA Board of Governors

IAEA Board of GovernorsEleven countries have been newly elected to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2008-2010. The action was taken by Member States meeting at the IAEA General Conference in Vienna this week. The newly elected Board members are Afghanistan, Argentina, Burkina Faso, Cuba, Egypt, Malaysia, New Zealand, Romania, Spain, Turkey and Uruguay.

For the 2008-09 period, the new composition of the 35-member IAEA Board is: Afghanistan, Albania, Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Canada, China, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Iraq, Ireland, Japan, Lithuania, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Romania, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Uruguay. The Board meets Monday, 6 October, to elect its officers. Related Story »

Scientific Forum Report Presented to the General Conference

Scientific ForumThe Scientific Forum's concluding report was delivered today to the 52nd Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference. Chaired by Mr. Ruud Lubbers, the 11th Scientific Forum looked at the nature and scope of the IAEA's programme to 2020 and beyond. A total of 21 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. View report » :: Related Story »

EU Contributes to IAEA's Security Initiatives

TaniguchiA European Community contribution of Euro 7.5 million to support the IAEA's efforts against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the illegal trafficking of nuclear material was agreed today in Vienna. Tomihiro Taniguchi, Head of the IAEA Nuclear Safety and Security Department and Deputy Director General, signed the agreement in the background of the IAEA General Conference. More »

52nd IAEA General Conference, Meet the Delegates

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Conference Highlights: Saturday, 4 October

IAEA 52nd General Conference of Member States Draws to a Close

PlenaryThe IAEA's 52nd General Conference of Member States concluded today in Vienna. More than 130 IAEA Member States and over 1400 delegates attended the five-day event held at the Austria Center, Vienna from 29 September – 4 October. At its concluding session, the General Conference adopted resolutions backing the IAEA's work and setting future directions in key areas. Related Story » :: DG Statement to Conference »

GC Displays Highlight Progress in Nuclear Technology

Russia ExhibitCountries from around the world this week showcased strides they are making in applying "atoms for peace" to their national and regional development. Twelve countries - Japan, Romania, Korea, Argentina, the UK, Russia, Ukraine, Kazakhstan, India, the USA, South Africa and China - used the opportunity to tell the world about their innovations and contributions to the nuclear industry. Related Story »

States Call for Strengthening Nuclear Science, Technology and Application

Russia ExhibitStates meeting at the IAEA General Conference have adopted a cluster resolution that calls for measures to further strengthen IAEA activities related to nuclear science, technology and applications. The resolution addresses three major areas: non-nuclear power applications; nuclear power applications; and knowledge management. Related Story »

General Conference Calls for Strengthening IAEA Safety Programmes

Russia ExhibitStates meeting at the IAEA General Conference have adopted a cluster resolution that calls for measures to further strengthen IAEA programmes in major areas of nuclear and radiation safety. Overall, the resolution urges the IAEA and its Member States to continue to strengthen nuclear, radiation, transport and waste safety. Related Story »