new chapter in nuclear safeguards opens as the IAEA Board approves a Model
Additional Protocol to safeguards agreements. It sets out new
measures through which countries would accept stronger, more intrusive
inspections on their territory.
ElBaradei of Egypt, the Agency’s Assistant Director General in
charge of External Relations, is appointed IAEA Director General, succeeding
Dr. Hans Blix.
New York, Kofi
Annan of Ghana takes office as United Nations Secretary-General,
succeeding Boutros Boutros-Ghali of Egypt.
changing realities affecting nuclear power development and its fuel cycle,
including issues related to the disposition of rising
plutonium stocks, are examined at an IAEA symposium in June.
for the use of nuclear energy at plants for desalting
seawater are reviewed in the Republic of Korea at an IAEA symposium.
experts meet in Vienna to examine the role that isotopes play in understanding
the complex processes affecting climate
changes, and in investigating historical records.
- In Japan,
members of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change adopt an amendment
the global climate change treaty. The amendment, called the Kyoto
Protocol, assigns mandatory
targets for the reduction of greenhouse
gas to signatory nations.