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2004

Press Arrangements for the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
8 August 2005 | The meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors is rescheduled to begin at 3.00 p.m. on the same day, Tuesday 9 August 2005 in the IAEA Boardroom C04 at the Vienna International Centre.

High-Enriched Uranium Removed from Czech Research Reactor
23 December 2004 | In a mission completed 22 December 2004, the IAEA helped Czech authorities remove weapons-usable highly enriched uranium (HEU) from a research reactor in Rez near the capital of Prague.

IAEA Project Upgrades Health Care Services in Moldova
23 December 2004 | Health care services in the Republic of Moldova are being upgraded under an IAEA technical cooperation project designed to improve nuclear medicine and imaging services.

IAEA Selects Collaborating Centres in Nuclear Science, Technology
22 December 2004 | The IAEA is setting up Collaborating Centres with distinguished institutions around the world for research, development and training in peaceful uses of nuclear technology. China´s Institute of Nuclear Agricultural Sciences at Zhejiang University became the first such centre.

Countries Handle Rising Volumes of Radioactive Waste for Safe Disposal
13 December 2004 | Volumes of low-level radioactive wastes from nuclear facilities, hospitals, and industries are rising worldwide, with some countries needing more assistance to manage and dispose of the wastes safely.

IAEA Board Concludes Consideration of Safeguards in South Korea
26 November 2004 | The IAEA Board of Governors has concluded discussions on the implementation of the safeguards in the Republic of Korea.

Press Arrangements for the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
17 November 2004 | A meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors will commence on Thursday, 25 November 2004, at 10.30 and is expected to last at least two days.

IAEA Receives Berlin Peace Clock Prize for Contributions to Global Peace, Security
15 November 2004 | At a ceremony in Germany this month, the IAEA was awarded the Berlin Peace Clock Prize in honour of the Agency's contributions to global peace and security.

IAEA Director General Report on Iran Nuclear Verification Sent to Agency's Board
15 November 2004 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei circulated his latest report on the Agency´s nuclear verification in Iran to the IAEA´s Member States.

Progress Reported in Big Job to Convert Research Reactors from HEU Fuel
15 November 2004 | Much progress has been made, but it will take the better part of a decade before all the world's civil research reactors can be converted to run on fuel that poses lower proliferation concerns.

Topical Issues in Nuclear Safety
4 November 2004 | The need to develop a single set of international standards for nuclear power plants, from design to de-commissioning, has been endorsed by safety experts from 37 countries meeting recently in Beijing.

UN General Assembly Backs IAEA´s "Indispensable Role"
2 November 2004 | The United Nations General Assembly affirmed its confidence in the IAEA and urged global cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, following the annual address by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei.

IAEA Reply to Washington Post´s Editorial "Missing and Explosive"
2 November 2004 | A letter to the editor of the Washington Post from the Agency's spokeswoman takes exception with press coverage of the IAEA's report to the UN Security Council on lost explosives in Iraq.

Safeguards Computer System in Need of Urgent Upgrade
22 October 2004 | The computer system that IAEA nuclear inspectors use to track, analyse and verify a country´s nuclear activities badly needs an overhaul.

Aquatic Forum Looks at Health of Oceans, Seas, Rivers
18 October 2004 | As a freshwater crisis looms, and the world´s oceans become increasingly polluted, what will it mean for the one billion people living without clean drinking water, and the millions whose livelihoods depend on the sea?

IAEA Chief ElBaradei Calls for Stronger Global Security Framework
7 October 2004 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei spoke of the nuclear threat and the urgent need for countries to seize a window of opportunity for strengthening the world's security, in an address 6 October 2004 to the Pugwash Conference on Science and World Affairs in Seoul.

China Hosting Global Experts at IAEA Nuclear Safety Conference
30 September 2004 | The world´s leading experts in nuclear safety are seeking to drive home lessons learned about the safe operation of nuclear installations, and how to keep improving it.

States Support Measures to Strengthen IAEA Safeguards
24 September 2004 | General Conference Also Adopts Resolution on Safeguards in Middle East Region.

States Endorse Strengthening IAEA´s Work for Nuclear & Radiation Safety
24 September 2004 | In a cluster resolution adopted today, States meeting at the IAEA General Conference supported a range of activities to further strengthen IAEA activities in nuclear and radiation safety, including waste management and the transport of radioactive material.

States Urge More Steps to Strengthen IAEA Pillar for Peaceful Nuclear Uses
24 September 2004 | The IAEA General Conference adopted resolutions 24 September that support measures to further strengthen the IAEA's programmes for technical cooperation and nuclear science and technology.

States Back IAEA Initiatives to Fight Poverty & Save Lives
24 September 2004 | States meeting at the IAEA General Conference today commended IAEA initiatives to help countries fight poverty and give more people the chance to beat serious illness and disease.

"Cyber" & Insider Threats Among Targets of Nuclear Security Measure
24 September 2004 | As the IAEA´s nuclear security fund grows to $33.6 million, new programmes to fight nuclear terrorism roll out.

Nuclear Safeguards: States Granting IAEA More Inspection Authority
23 September 2004 | More States are moving to allow IAEA safeguards inspectors more authority in verifying their nuclear programmes.

Scientific Forum: New Challenges for Countries Running Research Reactors
22 September 2004 | Millions of people reap the benefits of research reactors every day, but many reactors now face challenges critical to their survival.

IAEA Database Tracks Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear Material Worldwide
22 September 2004 | The IAEA Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) contributes to the IAEA’s activities to help strengthen nuclear security worldwide and prevent nuclear and radiological terrorism.

Experts Tackle Waste & Spent Fuel Issues at Scientific Forum Session
21 September 2004 | For many people, the "back end" of the nuclear fuel cycle - how to manage radioactive waste and used or "spent" nuclear fuel - poses the biggest challenges to the future of nuclear power.

Korea Highlights Nuclear Security and Emergency Preparedness
21 September 2004 | The Republic of Korea opened an exhibition at the IAEA General Conference, highlighting the country’s technical cooperation with the IAEA.

Nuclear Fuel Cycle at Centre of IAEA Scientific Forum
21 September 2004 | Leading experts, including Nobel Prize winner Carlo Rubbia, opened the IAEA Scientific Forum.

Catalogue to Help Countries Track "Orphan" Radioactive Sources
20 September 2004 | Vital information to help Member States identify abandoned or spent radioactive sources has been compiled in an IAEA database, delegates were told in a briefing Monday afternoon.

Nuclear Power Prospects and Energy Planning
20 September 2004 | At a briefing 20 September 2004 for delegates at the IAEA´s General Conference, experts highlighted nuclear power´s history and prospects in the context of global energy needs, focusing on results of a recent international conference.

Next Steps for Nuclear Knowledge Management
20 September 2004 | In a briefing to the delegates of the 48th IAEA General Conference, the IAEA underscored the importance of “Nuclear Knowledge Management” initiatives.

China Boosts Support for IAEA Development and Security Initiatives
20 September 2004 | Marking 20 years of cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), China announced today that it would donate US$1 million to IAEA’s special funds for technical cooperation and enhanced nuclear security.

Extending the Realm of Nuclear Education
20 September 2004 | The World Nuclear University (WNU) will soon be inviting applications for its first Annual Summer Institute, a fellowship offering a career-building experience for future leaders in nuclear science and technology.

Nuclear Security Conference Opens
18 September 2004 | Key partners of a global nuclear security initiative are meeting 18-19 September 2004, at "The Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) International Partners Conference" at the Austria Centre in Vienna.

Introductory Remarks at the Global Threat Reduction Initiative Partners Conference (GTRI)
18 September 2004 | Introductory Remarks at the Global Threat Reduction Initiative Partners Conference (GTRI) by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei.

South Africa Probe of Illicit Nuclear Trafficking Moves Ahead
15 September 2004 | South African authorities are working closely with the IAEA as the country investigates cases of illicit trafficking of sensitive nuclear technology associated with uranium enrichment.

Removal of Fissile Nuclear Material in Uzbekistan
14 September 2004 | IAEA helped Uzbekistan authorities remove weapons-usable highly enriched uranium (HEU) stored at the Institute of Nuclear Physics of the Academy of Sciences of Uzbekistan, near the country’s capital, Tashkent.

Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors
13 September 2004 | Introductory Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei

Expert Meeting on Control of Nuclear Fuel Cycle
10 September 2004 | Given the emerging threats to the nuclear non-proliferation regime, it is time to consider possible multilateral approaches to better control sensitive parts of the nuclear fuel cycle - that is, uranium enrichment and plutonium separation - Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, Director General of the IAEA, told the inaugural meeting of an international expert group assembled to study the issue.

Managing Knowledge in Nuclear Fields
9 September 2004 | More than 200 experts, scientists and officials from 40-plus countries are meeting in France at the IAEA’s International Conference on Nuclear Knowledge Management.

Medical Isotopes More Frequently Denied International Shipment
3 September 2004 | Doctors and their patients in many countries are facing increasing problems receiving lifesaving isotopes for treating a range of illnesses. The isotopes are used in nuclear medicine for diagnosis and therapy.

IAEA Inspection Team Conducting Investigation in South Korea
2 September 2004 | On 23 August 2004, during discussions about the initial declarations of the Republic of Korea (ROK) under the Additional Protocol to its Safeguards Agreement, the ROK informed the IAEA that it had enriched nuclear material in the course of atomic vapour laser isotope separation (AVLIS) experiments that had not been declared to the IAEA.

Press Arrangements For Global Threat Reduction Initiative and IAEA General Conference
31 August 2004 | Key partners of a global initiative to upgrade nuclear security are meeting at an international conference, "The Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI) International Partners Conference” at the Austria Center in Vienna on 18-19 September 2004.

Press Arrangements for the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
30 August 2004 | A meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors will commence on Monday, 13 September 2004 at 10.30 a.m. and is expected to last at least three days.

IAEA Annual Report for 2003
9 August 2004 | Annual reports issued recently by the IAEA take stock of global nuclear developments, while highlighting issues heavily influencing the Agency's agenda. The reports are issued annually in advance of the IAEA General Conference of Member States, which this year opens 20 September in Vienna.

Transcript: Director General's Al-Ahram Interview - 27 July 2004
Transcript: Director General's Al-Ahram Interview - 27 July 2004

Nuclear Security: GTRI Conference of Key Partners Set for September
28 July 2004 | Key partners of a US global initiative to upgrade nuclear security are meeting at an international conference in Vienna September 2004, preceding the annual IAEA General Conference.

IAEA & Harmful Algal Bloom
9 July 2004 | In a series of feature reports, the IAEA explores the heavy environmental and economic effects of "red tide" - harmful algae threatening life at sea - and how people are fighting "red tape" in their search for solutions. Stories and photos from the field highlight how Chile´s fishing communities have taken up the challenge with the IAEA´s support.

IAEA Chief Eyes Middle East Free of Nuclear Weapons
9 July 2004 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei ended his official visit to Israel, striking a positive note for efforts toward a nuclear-weapons-free zone in the Middle East.

Russia´s President Putin Strongly Backs IAEA
30 June 2004 | Meeting in Moscow with IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei 29 June 2004, Russian President Vladimir Putin lauded the Agency's work in expressing his country's continuing and full support.

Nuclear Power: A Look At the Future
27 June 2004 | Address at the International Conference on Fifty Years of Nuclear Power: The Next Fifty Years by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei

Nuclear Power's Changing Future
26 June 2004 | Twenty-two of the last 31 nuclear power plants (NPPs) connected to the world's energy grid have been built in Asia, driven by the pressures of economic growth, natural resource scarcity and increasing populations.

IAEA Work Commended at Non-Proliferation Conference
25 June 2004 | The IAEA's work and leadership to help the world curb the spread of nuclear weapons were commended at the 2004 Non-Proliferation Conference of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei was among a distinguished group of keynote speakers addressing nuclear and security issues.

From Obninsk Beyond: Nuclear Power Conference Looks to Future
24 June 2004 | An International Conference on Fifty Years of Nuclear Power - the Next Fifty Years was held in Obninsk, Russia 27 June - 2 July 2004 to mark the milestone when nuclear energy first crossed the divide from military uses to civilian applications.

Nuclear Non-Proliferation: Global Security In A Rapidly Changing World
21 June 2004 | Keynote Address at the Carnegie International Non-Proliferation Conference, addressing nuclear and security issues, by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei

IAEA Creates "PACT" Fundraising Fund To Fight Cancer
16 June 2004 | The IAEA has set up PACT - "Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy" - to take radiotherapy to where it is most needed. The IAEA's Board of Governors backed the PACT plan at its meeting in Vienna.

The Netherworld of Non-Proliferation
15 June 2004 | A cover story published in the New York Times Magazine takes an in depth look at the IAEA's role as the world's nuclear inspectorate.

Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors
14 June 2004 | Introductory Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei

G8 Summit Announces Action Plan on Non-Proliferation
10 June 2004 | Leaders of the Group of 8 leading industrialized countries (G8) have announced an action plan on non-proliferation that calls for measures to further increase the effectiveness of the IAEA in fields of nuclear non-proliferation and radioactive waste management.

Press Arrangements for the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
10 June 2004 | A meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors will commence on Monday, 14 June 2004 at 10.30 a.m. and is expected to last at least three days.

Cross-cutting Activities at the IAEA
4 June 2004 | Many IAEA activities cut across more than one programmatic area, either because of the structure adopted for the Agency’s programme or because of the nature of the issues to be addressed by these activities.

IAEA & Nuclear Security
1 June 2004 | The Agency has adopted a far-reaching approach to help States stop potential acts of nuclear terrorism, Head of the IAEA's Office of Nuclear Security, Dr. Anita Nilsson said in an address to the Royal Institute of International Affairs in London.

IAEA Welcomes US New Global Threat Reduction Initiative
27 May 2004 | The IAEA has welcomed the US announcement of a new comprehensive global initiative to address the issue of nuclear security around the world and reduce the threat of nuclear terrorism.

Nuclear Security at the Summer 2004 Olympic Games
25 May 2004 | The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today announced an unprecedented joint action plan to help ensure a high level of nuclear security at the 2004 Summer Olympic Games.

Iran submits declaration under Additional Protocol
22 May 2004 | The Islamic Republic of Iran has on 21 May delivered to the IAEA the initial declaration under the Additional Protocol to its NPT safeguards agreement.

International Nuclear Youth Congress 2004
19 May 2004 | Hundreds of young nuclear scientists and professionals from all over the world met to map out future directions and challenges facing the industry at the third biennial International Youth Nuclear Congress (IYNC) held 9-14 May 2004 in Toronto, Canada.

ElBaradei To Receive Honorary Degree From New York University
13 May 2004 | New York University (NYU) President, John Sexton, will present IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, with an honorary Doctor of Law degree in special ceremonies during NYU's annual Commencement Exercise.

Experts Brief Doctors on Radiation Safety for Heart Patients
7 May 2004 | The IAEA is raising awareness among cardiologists about radiation risks, following an in increase in patients being severely burned by radiation from a common medical procedure known as angioplasty.

IAEA's Work for World's Development Goals Highlighted
4 May 2004 | The IAEA's work is contributing to progress towards global development goals for helping people in the world's poorer countries.

Nuclear Among Energy Choices Facing Bigger EU
30 April 2004 | Five of the ten countries officially joining the European Union (EU) on 1 May rely on nuclear energy to provide a fourth or more of their electricity needs, based on the IAEA's nuclear databanks.

Director General ElBaradei Plans Israel Visit in Summer
29 April 2004 | IAEA Director General ElBaradei will be visiting Israel sometime in the summer, though details have not been finalized.

IAEA's Work Supports Fight Against Malaria
29 April 2004 | Recent press reports have spotlighted the IAEA's work supporting the world's fight against malaria, still among the world's biggest health threats. Scientists at the Agency's research laboratories near Vienna are targeting the mosquito that transmits the disease.

PrepCom Meeting for 2005 NPT Review Conference
22 April 2004 | Nearly 190 States will meet at United Nations Headquarters in New York from 26 April to 7th May 2004 to consider developments affecting the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

IAEA Director General, US President Conclude High-Level Talks
18 March 2004 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and US President George Bush met 17 March on issues on nuclear non-proliferation.

Chernobyl: Clarifying Consequences
16 April 2004 | Eighteen years after the Chernobyl nuclear power plant accident, people in the region still live with wildly varying reports about what impact the accident will have on their families’ future health and the environment.

IAEA & Research Reactors
9 July 2004 | IAEA Member States in September will be asked to endorse a new code of conduct on the safety of research reactors recently approved by the Agency's Board of Governors.

IAEA, UN Chiefs Meet at Management Forum
6 April 2004 | UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan led a forum in Vienna last week attended by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and other heads of UN agencies, funds, and programmes. The sessions of the Chief Executives Board (CEB) are convened twice a year.

Updated Status of International Conventions, Safeguards Additional Protocol
30 March 2004 | Several countries recently notified the IAEA of their decisions to join global conventions on aspects of safety and security.

Experts Form International Nuclear Safety Group
26 March 2004 | Experts from 15 countries have joined to form the newly constituted International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) to provide authoritative advice and guidance on safety approaches, policies and principles at nuclear power plants and other nuclear facilities.

WMD Threats "Everybody's Fight", Director General ElBaradei Says
19 March 2004 | Concluding a series of high-level meetings this week in Washington, DC, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei met with US Secretary of Energy Spencer Abraham and other officials 18 March 2004.

High-Level IAEA and US Talks on Nuclear Non-Proliferation
17 March 2004 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei met 16 March with George Tenet, head of the US Central Intelligence Agency, for discussions centred on cooperative efforts to counter the nuclear "black market" and illicit trafficking of nuclear materials and equipment.

IAEA Chief in Washington for High-Level Non-Proliferation Talks
16 March 2004 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei met 15 March with US Senator Richard Lugar, among other senior officials, in Washington, DC.

IAEA Director General General Mohamed ElBaradei Announces in Washington Today, Date for Return of Inspectors to Iran
15 March 2004 | Iranian authorities informed the Agency that a new date for the next round of IAEA inspections would be 27 March, 2004.

IAEA Board Resolution on Nuclear Safeguards in Iran
15 March 2004 | The IAEA Board of Governors adopted a resolution 13 March 2004 on the IAEA's verification of Iran's nuclear programme.

IAEA Director General To Meet with Senior US Officials on Nuclear Non-Proliferation
12 March 2004 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei will travel to Washington next week for working meetings with senior US government officials, likely including President Bush. The purpose of the trip is to discuss current efforts to strengthen the nuclear non-proliferation regime.

Libya Signs Additional Protocol on Nuclear Safeguards
10 March 2004 | Libya signed an Additional Protocol to its Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) safeguards agreement, giving IAEA inspectors greater authority in verifying the country’s nuclear programme.

Signing of the Safeguards Additional Protocol between IAEA and the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
10 March 2004 | Ceremonial signing of the Safeguards Additional Protocol between IAEA's Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei, and H.E. Engineer Matooq Mohamed Matooq, Assistant Secretary for Services Affairs of the General People's Committee of the Socialist People's Libyan Arab Jamahiria.

IAEA Seminars Promote Vital Role of Nuclear Safeguards
10 March 2004 | A series of IAEA regional seminars for governmental decision-makers is encouraging more countries to place all their nuclear activities and materials under safeguards, a step that would enable the IAEA to verify their commitments against the further spread of nuclear weapons.

Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors
8 March 2004 | Introductory Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei

IAEA Director General Briefs Board on Iran, Libya, Other Topics
8 March 2004 | The IAEA Board of Governors to meet on nuclear safeguards, safety, and technology issues, including the Agency's verification of nuclear programmes in Iran and Libya.

Removal of High-Enriched Uranium in Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
8 March 2004 | The IAEA assisted Libyan authorities with the removal of weapons-grade highly enriched uranium (HEU) stored at a research reactor facility on the outskirts of Tripoli.

HIV Focus of International Women’s Day
5 March 2004 | The devastating toll HIV/AIDS takes on women, and their critical role in fighting the virus, is the focus of this year’s International Women’s Day on 8 March 2004.

Press Arrangements for the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
4 March 2004 | A meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors will commence on Monday, 8 March 2004 at 10.30 a.m. and is expected to last at least three days.

Nuclear Power: An Evolving Scenario
2 March 2004 | Address at the European Parliament Conference "Energy Choices for Europe" by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei

IAEA Chief ElBaradei Cites Libya's Cooperation
24 February 2004 | During his visit to Libya 23-24 February 2004, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei briefed members of the international press corps on the IAEA's verification of Libya's nuclear programme.

IAEA Director General to Visit Libya
17 February 2004 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei will visit Libya 23-24 February 2004 to meet with senior Libyan officials and review progress in the Agency’s work.

Nuclear Liability Rules Revised to Increase Compensation
12 February 2004 | Nuclear operators will be held liable for far higher compensation to victims in the event of a nuclear accident under amended international conventions signed.

IAEA Director General Comments on US President Bush's Non-Proliferation Proposals
12 February 2004 | Points made by IAEA Director General ElBaradei in commenting on the proposals of 11 February 2004 by US President George Bush.

Saving Ourselves From Self-Destruction
12 February 2004 | Nuclear proliferation is on the rise. Equipment, material and training were once largely inaccessible by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei

Experts Target Nuclear Proliferation Risks at IAEA Seminar
6 February 2004 | Experts in nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament issues are taking part in a two-day seminar hosted by the IAEA that explores new approaches to preventing the spread of nuclear weapons, enhancing nuclear security and multinationalizing the nuclear fuel cycle.

Time is Ripe to Act on Middle East Weapons
3 February 2004 | Time is Ripe to Act on Middle East Weapons by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei and Joseph Rotblat

IAEA Probing Nuclear "Black Market"
3 February 2004 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has focused international attention on an emerging and sophisticated "nuclear black market" in weapons technology.

IAEA, UN Inspections in Iraq Worked
2 February 2004 | IAEA and UN inspections of Iraq's weapons of mass destruction programmes worked, Newsweek magazine reports in its latest edition.