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Pre Conference Information

Registration

Registration is open as of 12 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.

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. (See the Corrigendum).

Documents

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

For past sessions, see the GC Archives.

Scientific Forum at the General Conference

A Scientific Forum will be held in conjunction with the 54th General Conference - entitled Cancer in Developing Countries: Facing the Challenge - at the Vienna International Centre (VIC), the site of the General Conference. More →

International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) Forum

The International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) - entitled Responsibility for Safety in a Globalized Nuclear Environment - will hold its annual forum Monday, 20 September, the opening day of the IAEA General Conference.

Live Video Streaming at the General Conference

Sessions at the Plenary Hall, including the opening statements of officials and delegates, will be streamed live during the whole week of the General Conference. Sessions of the Scientific Forum will also be live-streamed beginning on Tuesday, 21 September. Links to the video streaming service will be provided on the opening day.

Deputy Director General David Waller on the 54th IAEA General Conference

David Waller, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management, explains what the 2010 IAEA General Conference is all about.

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Conference Highlights: Monday, 20 September 2010

Deputy Director General David Waller and Secretary of the General Conference Kwaku Aning on the 54th IAEA General Conference

DelegatesSenior representatives of the 151 Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are meeting this week in Vienna, Austria for the 54th IAEA General Conference. More than 1 400 delegates and participants from around the world attend this annual five-day event to review the work of the past year and to set the agenda for the year ahead. Topics on discussion this year include measures to protect against nuclear and radiological terrorism, nuclear safety and security, the uranium production cycle and the Agency's technical cooperation activities. The implementation of Safeguards in the Democratic People's Republic of Korea, Israeli Nuclear Capabilities and the application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East are also on the agenda. The IAEA's David Waller and Kwaku Aning talk about the event. Video →

54th IAEA General Conference Opens in Vienna

Senior representatives of the 151 Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are meeting at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) on Monday, 20 September, for the five-day annual IAEA General Conference to discuss major topics on the organization's agenda. More →

Conference Elects Jargalsaikhany Enkhsaikhan of Mongolia as President

Jargalsaikhany EnkhsaikhanThe General Conference elected Mr. Jargalsaikhany Enkhsaikhan of Mongolia as President of the 54th IAEA General Conference. Mr. Enkhsaikhan is Mongolia's Ambassador and Resident Representative to the IAEA. Mr. Enkhsaikhan's Curriculum Vitae →



New Member State of IAEA

The General Conference today approved the application for IAEA membership of Swaziland. Membership takes effect once the required legal instruments are deposited with the Agency.

Director General Amano Address to General Conference

IAEA General Conference OpensIn his address to the delegates of the 54th IAEA General Conference, Director General Yukiya Amano summarised the Agency's activities and achievements in the 10 months since he assumed office and covered a wide range of issues from nuclear energy to safety and agriculture.
Story → :: Full Statement → :: Audio → [.mp3]

Bananas - A Staple in the Fight Against Malnutrition

BananasAround 1.02 billion people worldwide are undernourished, reports the Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), most of the malnourished live in developing countries. The IAEA and FAO work together to provide more food for poor populations by developing plants that are able to grow and flourish in unfavourable environmental conditions. Story →

Quiz on Food Security

Test your knowledge of the IAEA's contribution to food security. Take Quiz →

INPRO: Nuclear Future is Ten Years Old

INPROIAEA-led International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) marked today its tenth anniversary with a ceremony held on the opening day of the IAEA's annual General Conference. INPRO was established in 2000 to ensure that sustainable nuclear energy is available to meet the energy needs of the twenty-first century. Story →

New Linear Accelerator for North Estonia Medical Centre in Tallinn

INPROThe North Estonia Medical Center will soon be receiving a new medical linear accelerator for cancer care from Varian Medical Systems. A contract for installing the accelerator at the Centre was signed by Representatives from the Government of Estonia, Varian Medical Systems and the IAEA. Story →

INSAG Forum: Look Before You Leap

INSAG ForumSafety in the nuclear power industry must be a continuous aspiration and should be a top priority for those countries that are considering introducing nuclear power in their energy mix. This was the principal message delivered during this year's International Safety Advisory Group (INSAG) Forum held during the IAEA's 54th General Conference. Story →

Conference Highlights: Tuesday, 21 September

Scientific Forum On Cancer in Developing Countries

Scientific Foru,The IAEA's Scientific Forum on Cancer in Developing Countries: Facing the Challenge opened today in Vienna, Austria. The Forum is being held in conjunction with the General Conference and will examine issues with regards to the problems of cancer in developing countries and the Agency's work on cancer care and control. More →

Director General Amano Address to Scientific Forum

Scientific ForumDirector General Yukiya Amano opened the Scientific Forum with a call to unified action to fight the cancer epidemic in developing countries. He emphasised the fact that although the IAEA's role is important - involving radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, radiology and medical radiation physics - the Agency is just one element in the system, since cancer care also encompasses prevention, diagnosis, and education and training. Story → :: Full Statement → :: Video →

Preventing an Impending Disaster

Margaret ChanThe rise of cancer in the developing world is "an impending disaster," said Dr. Margaret Chan, the Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), in her video keynote address to the IAEA's Scientific Forum.
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First Lady of Egypt Draws Attention to Important Issues

Suzanne┬áMubarakThe First Lady of Egypt, Suzanne Mubarak, was one of the keynote speakers at the Scientific Forum, which takes place on the margins of the annual IAEA General Conference. Mrs. Mubarak supports many national and international causes and leads the " Women´s International Peace Movement." She talks about using her position as First Lady to draw attention to important issues, such as cancer control. Video →

Conference Adopts Agenda

At its second plenary session yesterday, the IAEA General Conference adopted its agenda, allocating items for discussion among Conference bodies. See Agenda →

INES: Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale Turns 20

INESWhether in the case of a major international accident or a small incident of no consequences for people and the environment, the clear communication of nuclear events is crucial to maintaining people's trust in nuclear technology. For 20 years now, the International Nuclear and Radiological Event Scale (INES) has been used to help authorities worldwide rate nuclear and radiological events and communicate their significance to the general public, the media and the technical community. Story →

IAEA Expertise Supports Millennium Development Goals

HealthAt the United Nations Summit meeting in New York this week, the progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is being reviewed. The IAEA is proud of the part it plays helping member states and the global community reach these crucially important development goals. Story →

Safety New and Old

HealthThe introduction of the latest generation of nuclear power reactors in new nuclear countries, as well as managing aging reactors in mature nuclear countries, is a crucial challenge facing the IAEA today, said Denis Flory, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of Department of Nuclear Safety and Security. Story →

IEC: Prepare and Respond

IECWhile radiological incidents and emergencies remain rare, they do unfortunately occur, and countries and the international community need to be prepared to efficiently respond to such events. The IAEA Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) exists to offer States with guidance and practical tools for strengthening their nuclear emergency preparedness and response capabilities. Story → :: Video →

Partners in Educating a New Generation of Nuclear Leaders

IECThe IAEA and the Khalifa University of Science, Technology and Research (KUSTAR), United Arab Emirates signed an agreement or "Practical Arrangements" to establish an e-Learning Portal. Story →

Conference Highlights: Wednesday, 22 September

Scientific Forum Continues for a Second Day

Scientific Foru,"We recognise that there are limits to what we can do on our own to make improved cancer care more widely available in developing countries," Mr. Amano told participants at the opening session of this year's Scientific Forum on Cancer in Developing Countries: Facing the Challenge. The Forum continues on its second session today with sessions on cancer in developing countries, looking for practical solutions and facilitating fund-raising efforts. More →

Honest Nuclear Broker

Honest Nuclear BrokerWith 65 countries expressing an interest in launching a nuclear power programme, the need for an "honest nuclear broker" that provides them with impartial advise is higher than ever. The IAEA can fulfil that role. As the world's leading international centre of nuclear cooperation promoting the safe, secure and sustainable development of nuclear power, the IAEA can offer impartial, non-commercial advice to countries with little or no experience in nuclear power. Story →

Nuclear Prevention Is Better Than the Cure

Honest Nuclear BrokerCountries embarking on a nuclear programme or activity should consider the decommissioning of a nuclear facility and remediation of the environment even before laying the first stone. This was the message emerging from an expert meeting on decommissioning and environmental remediation held today at the 54th IAEA General Conference. Story →

Suzanne Mubarak, Egypt's First Lady, About Fighting Cancer in Africa

Suzanne MubarakCancer is on the increase globally. The disease now kills nearly eight million people a year - more than HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria combined - with around 75 percent of these deaths occurring in developing countries. Story →


Khajidsuren Bolormaa, Mongolia's First Lady, About Fighting Cancer in Mongolia

Khajidsuren BolormaaThe First Lady of Mongolia, Mrs. Khajidsuren Bolormaa, was one of the main speakers at the IAEA's Scientific Forum on cancer in developing countries. Cancer morbidity is increasing rapidly in Mongolia and the disease has become the second leading cause of death. Earlier this year, she founded the "Hope, Cancer Free-Mongolia" National Foundation, which is promoting the prevention and early diagnosis of cancer. In addition, she has recently launched an appeal in the form of a letter to First Ladies in 38 Asian countries, stressing the need to unite against cancer among women. Video →


Uranium Mine Productions to Meet Growth Needs

UraniumSufficient uranium resources have been identified to meet demand in even high case growth scenarios, explained Jan Slezak, Uranium Resource Specialist at the IAEA's Nuclear Fuel Cycle and Materials Section, during a roundtable discussion with industry, government and regulator experts from various countries held at the margins of the 54th IAEA General Conference. Story →

Partnerships and Fighting Cancer

Ben AndersonMillions of people will die unnecessarily every year unless a concerted effort is made to fight cancer now. To meet the challenge, actions need to be coordinated and new resources mobilized so that comprehensive and sustainable cancer control programmes are implemented in the developing world to make cancer care more widely available. Ben Anderson, Chair and Director of the Global Breast Health Initiative talks about partnerships and the best way to approach the fight against cancer. Video →

Battling the Bottleneck

Mo-99Doctors around the world administer a radioisotope called technetium-99m (Tc-99m) approximately 30 million times a year, or about once every second. This radioisotope helps doctors determine how well blood flows in the heart, track the spread of cancer in bones, or monitor brain activity in real time. Story →

India, Sri Lanka in PACT Against Cancer

PACTIndia donated today a teletherapy unit for cancer treatment to Sri Lanka through the IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT). The donation of the Bhabhatron II machine is in support of the PACT initiative to implement a comprehensive cancer control programme in the south Asian country, including a PACT Model Demonstration Site (PMDS). Story →

Conference Highlights: Thursday, 23 September

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 2010-2012. The action was taken by Member States meeting at the IAEA General Conference in Vienna this week. The newly elected Board members are Belgium, Brazil, Chile, Czech Republic, Ecuador, Jordan, Niger, Portugal, Singapore, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates.

For the 2010-2011 period, the new composition of the 35-member IAEA Board is: Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Belgium, Brazil, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Czech Republic, Denmark, Ecuador, France, Germany, India, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Mongolia, Netherlands, Niger Pakistan, Peru, Portugal, Russian Federation, Singapore, South Africa, Tunisia, Ukraine, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States and Venezuela. The Board meets next week to elect its new Chairman and Officers. Story →

New Tool to Draft National Nuclear Laws

Handbook on Nuclear LawDrafting new national nuclear laws and reviewing existing laws and regulations requires extensive and specialized expertise. For many countries this represents a significant challenge. Established to help Member States adopt adequate national nuclear legislation, the IAEA through its legislative assistance programme published the Handbook on Nuclear Law. Story →

Constructing a Model for Safe Nuclear Energy

Cernavoda NPPTwo innovative IAEA Extra-Budgetary Programmes supporting safe nuclear energy in Bulgaria and Romania have reached their one-year milestone. Funded by the Norwegian government, these programmes are unique in that they cover separate but cross-cutting issues related to nuclear safety, including safety culture, safety assessments, risk management and resource management. Story →

Culture Shift Needed to Achieve Patient Radiation Safety

Culture Shift NeededMedical diagnosis and treatment exposes patients to more radiation than ever before; and accidents are by no means limited to developing countries. According to the World Health Organisation, at least 3,000 patients have been affected by radiotherapy incidents and accidents in the last 30 years. Story →

Tapping Into an Ancient Source

WaterOf all the water on Earth, less than 3% is fresh water. Life is impossible without a regular supply of freshwater. But, that freshwater supply is shrinking due to rising consumption rates driven by an ever-increasing population, fast-paced industrialization, pollution and climate change. Story →

Conference Highlights: Friday, 24 September

54th IAEA General Conference Closes

General Conference EndsThe IAEA's 54th General Conference of Member States concluded today in Vienna. Over 1 300 delegates from the IAEA's 151 Member States attended the annual policy-making meeting. The General Conference adopted resolutions to guide the Agency's work in the coming year. The full texts of adopted resolutions and the Presidential statement will be posted in due course on the IAEA website. Story → :: DG Statement to Conference

Partnerships and Fighting Cancer

Ben AndersonMillions of people will die unnecessarily every year unless a concerted effort is made to fight cancer now. To meet the challenge, actions need to be coordinated and new resources mobilized so that comprehensive and sustainable cancer control programmes are implemented in the developing world to make cancer care more widely available. Ben Anderson, Chair and Director of the Global Breast Health Initiative talks about partnerships and the best way to approach the fight against cancer. Video →

A Better Banana

Ben AndersonNearly 7 billion people live on our planet today and populations continue to grow. Some of us enjoy better nutrition, longer lives and more robust health than our grandparents did a century ago. At the same time, the UN forecasts an increase of mal- or undernourished people, especially in the developing world. More and better food is essential to combat and overcome malnutrition and hunger. Story →

Guiding Hands in Nuclear Regulation

Guiding Hands in Nuclear RegulationNothing can replace experience, the old saying goes, and the IAEA is working to ensure that experience and knowledge in nuclear regulation is shared among States. Through the recently-launched Regulatory Cooperation Forum, the IAEA supports nuclear newcomer countries in their efforts to launch safe, secure and sustainable nuclear power programmes. Story → :: Video →

Nuclear Cooperation in Latin America

ARCALRepresentatives from 19 Latin American and Caribbean countries met today in Vienna during the 54th IAEA General Conference to celebrate the 25th anniversary of ARCAL, a cooperation agreement for the promotion of nuclear science and technology in the region. Story →


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