Austrian Federal President, Dr. Heinz Fischer, confers the Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash upon Dr. ElBaradei. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)
4 December 2009 | At the Presidential Palace in Vienna, the Austrian Federal President, Dr. Heinz Fischer, conferred one of the Republic´s highest honours upon IAEA Director General Emeritus, Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei.
Upon receiving the Grand Decoration of Honour, Dr. ElBaradei thanked President Fischer and expressed his gratitude for Austria´s acknowledgment of his work. He praised the Republic as an "excellent host" for the IAEA, and hailed Austria as a nation that is an eloquent and steadfast advocate of essential ideals, such as democracy, human rights, the rule of law and nuclear disarmament.
The Grand Decoration of Honour in Gold with Sash for Services to the Republic of Austria, or "Großes Goldenes Ehrenzeichen am Bande fuer Verdienste um die Republik Österreich", is bestowed upon individuals that have provided an outstanding public benefit and excellent services to the Republic of Austria.