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2008

Future Promising for Nuclear Power but Challenges Remain
19 June 2008 | An estimated 300 nuclear reactors could be built around the world by 2020, said Mr. Yury A. Sokolov, Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy and Deputy Director General of the IAEA, at an industry event in Korea.

IAEA to Gather Experts to Discuss Seismic Safety of Nuclear Power Plants
16 June 2008 | An international workshop to be held in Japan from 19-21 June will examine the issue of nuclear installations affected by strong earthquakes.

IAEA Advises Philippines on Next Steps for "Mothballed" NPP
12 June 2008 | Earlier this year, the IAEA was asked by the government of the Philippines to advise on the recommended steps to follow and matters to be considered in rehabilitating Bataan Nuclear Power Plant (BNPP), a completely built pressurized water reactor that has been "mothballed" since 1986.

In Quake´s Aftermath, Chinese Sift Through Rubble for Radioactivity
12 June 2008 | In the wake of the strongest and deadliest earthquake to ravage China in decades, the task of searching through wreckage for victims and property proved an onerous one.

Seeking Equilibrium on Water, Energy and Land Use
10 June 2008 | An IAEA proposal has been put forward that would seek to ameliorate problems such as the recent food price crisis by helping planners and policymakers to plan better use of water, energy and land.

IAEA Helps the World Kick the CO2 Habit
5 June 2008 | The IAEA is helping mankind to achieve the goal of developing a low carbon economy through its commitment to fostering the efficient and safe use of nuclear power.

Curtain Falls on June Board
5 June 2008 | A full four days of meetings of the IAEA Board of Governors concluded, with discussions ranging on issues related to nuclear verification and review of IAEA reports on its full range of activities.

Calls to Invest in Agriculture Reverberate At Food Crisis Summit
5 June 2008 | Urgent and decisive action is needed to address food security issues in the face of soaring food prices amid challenges of climate change and energy security, politicians and scientists agreed at a high-level conference that concluded today in Rome, Italy.

Slovenia Informs IAEA of Reactor Shut-down, But Says No Radiation Was Released to Environment
4 June 2008 | The Slovenian Nuclear Safety Administration (SNSA) informed the IAEA´s Incident & Emergency Centre (IEC) about an "unusual event" at the country´s Krsko Nuclear Power Plant, but said there was no radiation release to the environment.

High-Level Panel Issues Report on the IAEA´s Future
3 June 2008 | The Commission of Eminent Persons, a high-level panel of international experts, has issued a comprehensive report and recommendations for the future of the IAEA

Uranium Report: Plenty More Where That Came From
3 June 2008 | Amid heightened international interest in nuclear energy, countries are paying closer attention to a finite resource that helps to make nuclear power possible: uranium.

IAEA Board Begins June Deliberations
2 June 2008 | IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei opened what is expected to be a busy Board of Governors meeting in Vienna by addressing IAEA activities related to a range of issues.

Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors
2 June 2008 | Introductory Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei.

X-rays Often Repeated for Patients in Developing Countries
28 May 2008 | Patients in developing countries often need to have X-ray examinations repeated so that doctors have the image quality they need for useful medical diagnosis, the IAEA is learning.

Iran Safeguards Report Sent to UN Security Council, IAEA Board
26 May 2008 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei simultaneously circulated a report to the UN Security Council and the IAEA Board of Governors regarding Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions 1737 (2006), 1747 (2007) and 1803 (2008) in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Press Arrangements for IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, Starting 2 June 2008
26 May 2008 | The IAEA Board of Governors will convene a regular meeting at the Agency´s Headquarters at 10:30 on Monday, 2 June 2008, in the IAEA Boardroom, C04, in the Vienna International Centre.

Joint Actions Helping to Bolster Nuclear Security
23 May 2008 As the Olympics move to the global stage, China and the IAEA are working behind-the-scenes to bolster the country´s security plan and minimize threats.

US Ratification of Nuclear Liability Treaty Sets "New Dynamic"
23 May 2008 A key treaty that governs global civil nuclear liability marked an important milestone, as the United States ratified the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC) at IAEA headquarters in Vienna.

Press Briefing on IAEA Nuclear Security Assistance to Beijing Olympics
22 May 2008 | Anita Nilsson, Head of the Office of Nuclear Security in the IAEA, will provide technical information about assistance requested by the Government of China for improving nuclear security at the Beijing Summer Olympic Games and take reporter´s questions.

This Is a Test: Nuclear Emergency Network Set for Simulation
21 May 2008 | While the safety record of nuclear power has been strong in recent years, there is always room for improvement.

Director General Participates at World Economic Forum for Middle East
21 May 2008 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei participated this week with global leaders in forward-looking sessions on economic and security developments in the Middle East, including nuclear developments.

World Metrology Day: Playing a Vital Numbers Game
19 May 2008 | With Olympics on the horizon, athletes and sports enthusiasts the world over are focusing heavily on numbers - from competitive race times to energy burn rates.

Tanzania President Dedicates New Equipment for Cancer Treatment
19 May 2008 | Tanzania´s President Jakaya Kikwete has inaugurated a new radiotherapy machine for cancer treatment provided through the IAEA´s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT).

IAEA Has Key Role in Charting Knowledge Management Roadmap
16 May 2008 | More and more countries have stated their interest in adopting or growing their nuclear power capabilities.

Experts Tackle Shipment Issues for Beneficial Radiation Sources
16 May 2008 | Delays and denials of shipments involving regulated radioactive materials used in medicine and industry are of growing concern to safety and industry experts.

Workshop on Transport of Radioactive Materials Opens in Rome, Italy
14 May 2008 | A three-day IAEA organized workshop, in cooperation with the Italian Government, opened in Rome to identify ways to remove obstacles that impede the transport of radioactive material - much of it used in critical medical procedures - among countries in the Mediterranean Basin.

IAEA and EC Pledge Reinforcement of Nuclear Cooperation
7 May 2008 | The IAEA and the European Atomic Energy Community (´Euratom´) today released a joint statement that called for increased cooperation between the two organizations.

Nuclear Education Conference Opens in Hungary
2 May 2008 | Nuclear scientists, educators and experts from over thirty countries are expected to take part in a conference on nuclear education and training in engineering science and technology.

Screw Worm Outbreak in Yemen
30 April 2008 | An outbreak of the insidious ´screw worm´ fly in Yemen, is threatening livelihoods, in a country where rearing livestock is a traditional way of life.

Earthquake Lessons for Nuclear Safety
30 April 2008 | At a time when more countries eye the nuclear energy option, safety experts are taking long, hard looks at standards related to a plant´s ability to withstand seismic events. In June, they meet in Japan, as part of follow-up steps to share experience from earthquakes affecting nuclear plants there and in other countries.

The Greening of Kenya´s Drylands
29 April 2008 | Hot and barren, Kenya´s dry lands have long been unfit for agriculture, at best merely a grazing area for wild animals and livestock.

Geneva Talks Pave Way to 2010 NPT Review
28 April 2008 | In Geneva at the Palais des Nations nearly 190 States party to the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) are convening for the second of three preparatory meetings (PrepCom) for the 2010 NPT Review Conference.

Nuclear Convention Wraps Fortnight of Global Safety Review
25 April 2008 | The Convention on Nuclear Safety (CNS) concluded its two-week review and discussion of safety performance of nuclear power plants around the world.

Statement by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei
25 April 2008 | The IAEA Secretariat was provided with information by the United States on 24 April claiming that the installation destroyed by Israel in Syria last September was a nuclear reactor.

At Chernobyl, Global Support for Recovery Moves to Next Phase
25 April 2008 | Twenty-two years after the world´s most serious nuclear accident, work by the international community and the IAEA continues apace to assist Belarus, the Russian Federation and Ukraine.

Albania: Rising Expectations Drive Growing Health Care Needs
21 April 2008 | Once locked in decades of isolation, Albania is seeing new horizons in the fight against poverty.

Berlin Hosts Gathering on Worldwide Nuclear Fuel Trade
17 April 2008 | At the invitation of the governments of Germany, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, representatives from over thirty countries are taking part in an international conference entitled Nuclear Fuel Supply: Challenges and Opportunities.

Nuclear Energy: The Need for a New Framework
17 April 2008 | Opening Statement at the International Conference on Nuclear Fuel Supply: Challenges and Opportunities by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei.

Photo Opportunity: Arab League Secretary General to Visit IAEA Director General
15 April 2008 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and the Secretary General of the League of Arab States, Mr. Amr Moussa, will meet on Wednesday, 16 April 2008, at the IAEA Headquarters.

EC Infuses Serbian Nuclear Relic Cleanup with Critical Donation
15 April 2008 | A global effort to remove dangerous spent fuel and decommission a Soviet-designed Serbian reactor on the outskirts of Belgrade has cleared the second of three major funding hurdles.

EC Infuses Serbian Nuclear Relic Cleanup with Critical Donation
15 April 2008 | A global effort to remove dangerous spent fuel and decommission a Soviet-designed Serbian reactor on the outskirts of Belgrade cleared the second of three major funding hurdles.

IAEA Leans On Member States for Robust Safeguards
11 April 2008 | The IAEA inspects over 900 declared nuclear facilities in 70 countries, but it relies upon Member State support to develop the tools and expertise that inspectors use for verification. Meetings to discuss Safeguards R&D concluded this week in Vienna.

Top Nuclear Safety Experts Meet in Vienna
8 April 2008 | Top nuclear officials from all the world´s nuclear power countries will convene in Vienna on 14 April to review the state of nuclear safety worldwide.

Distance Learning Course in Radiation Oncology for Cancer Treatment
8 April 2008 | A shortage of medical specialists for cancer treatment in developing countries is a driving force behind a new web-based educational course that could help change the health-care picture over time.

Top Nuclear Safety Experts Meet in Vienna
8 April 2008 | Top nuclear officials from all the world´s nuclear power countries will convene in Vienna on 14 April to review the state of nuclear safety worldwide.

Vienna University Backs Up IAEA Nuclear Repository
4 April 2008 | Vienna University´s Central Physics Library has offered to serve as depository library for the full-text collection of nuclear science and technology documents maintained by the International Nuclear Information System (INIS), a unit of the IAEA which maintains the world´s most comprehensive nuclear knowledge repository.

Photo Opportunity: Slovenian President to Visit IAEA Director General
3 April 2008 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and Slovenian President Danilo Türk will meet on Monday, 7 April 2008, at the IAEA Headquarters.

Globalized Peer Evaluation Exercise Lauded by Member States
28 March 2008 | A Member States nuclear regulatory authority is typically charged with overseeing the safety of nuclear facilities and the use of nuclear materials through inspection, licensing and enforcement of standards.

IAEA Marks World Water Day´s Emphasis on Sanitation
19 March 2008 | This year´s international observance highlights the significant development challenges posed by poor sanitation, a condition that adversely affects the health and well-being of an estimated 2.6 billion people around the globe.

IAEA and Development Bank Collaborate on Russian Preparedness Exercise
18 March 2008 | The IAEA recently conducted a review of Russia´s preparedness to respond to a radiation emergency in the country´s northwest Murmansk province.

Board Completes Discussions on Safety, Technology, Verification
7 March 2008 | The IAEA Board of Governors concluded a three-day series of deliberations this week on a variety of nuclear topics relevant to the Agency and its Member States, focusing primarily on the IAEA´s activities related to nuclear science, technology, and safety.

Goiânia´s Legacy Two Decades On
7 March 2008 | Lessons drawn from the 1987 Goiânia accident in Brazil are still helping shape actions on radiation safety and security decades later.

Director General Addresses Board on Nuclear Issues
3 March 2008 | IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei addressed the IAEA Board of Governors on several topics, including nuclear safety and security, the implementation of safeguards in Iran and other Agency matters.

Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors
3 March 2008 | Introductory Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei.

Norway Pledges Support to Fuel Bank Plan
28 February 2008 | The Government of Norway has pledged financial and political support for an IAEA-administered international uranium fuel bank initiative borne out of a 2006 proposal by the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI).

Reviving Nuclear Disarmament
26 February 2008 | Statement Conference on "Achieving the Vision of a World Free of Nuclear Weapons" by IAEA Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei.

Follow-up IAEA Report on Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant Published
26 February 2008 | A continuing review of the impact of a strong earthquake that led to the shut down of the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan is likely to influence approaches to the seismic safety of nuclear power plants worldwide, a report by a second IAEA fact finding mission investigating the event said.

High-Level Panel of Experts to Recommend Future Course for IAEA
25 February 2008 | A high-level panel of experts, charged by IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei with making an assessment of the challenges the IAEA will faceup to the year 2020 and beyond, holds its initial meetings in Vienna 25 - 26 February.

Press Arrangements for IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, Starting 3 March 2008
22 February 2008 | The IAEA Board of Governors will convene a regular meeting at the Agency´s Headquarters at 10:30 on Monday, 3 March 2008, in the IAEA Boardroom, C04, in the Vienna International Centre.

Radioactive Waste Tops Agenda of Phoenix Conference
25 February 2008 | A group of IAEA staff is participating in the world´ largest radioactive waste symposium.

Latest Iran Safeguards Report Circulated to IAEA Board
22 February 2008 | IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei has circulated a report to the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors regarding Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of Security Council Resolutions 1737 (2006) and 1747 (2007) in the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Wanted: More Atomic Sleuths to Trace Seized Nuclear Material
20 February 2008 | More atomic sleuths – scientists with expertise in what´s known as nuclear forensics – are needed to reinforce the world´s nuclear security, IAEA officials and scientists report.

Germany Outlines Multiparty Approach to Nuclear Fuel Cycle
18 February 2008 | A German proposal calling for a multilateral approach to the matter of ensuring fuel supply to nuclear power plants will be presented at IAEA headquarters on 19 February.

IAEA Helps Recover Stray Radioactive Sources in Nigeria
14 February 2008 | At the request of the Nigerian government, the IAEA deployed a team of nuclear safety experts to secure and transport several potentially hazardous radioactive sources in the country.

Global Nuclear Response Network Launches
6 February 2008 | An IAEA-based international nuclear emergency response network has become operational through receipt of its first pledges of assistance from four Member States.

IAEA Supports World Cancer Day
1 February 2008 | In a statement issued in support of World Cancer Day 2008, IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei draws attention to the growing cancer burden afflicting the world´s poorest nations.

IAEA Concludes Follow-Up Mission to Kashiwazaki-Kariwa Nuclear Power Plant
1 February 2008 | An IAEA follow-up fact-finding mission to the Kashiwazaki-Kariwa nuclear power plant in Japan has concluded from the examination of the plant´s key safety areas that there was no significant damage to safety equipment from a strong earthquake last year.

Korea Opens World´s First Nuclear Safety School
29 January 2008 | An IAEA team has recently travelled to Korea to celebrate the opening of a center designed to advance the international education of nuclear safety experts.

IAEA Experts Complete Visit to Pelindaba Nuclear Facility in South Africa
25 January 2008 | IAEA experts have completed a visit to the Pelindaba nuclear facility of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA) following an invitation from South African authorities to exchange views on the lessons learned after armed men broke into the complex on 8 November 2007.

IAEA Publishes Advisory Guide to Address Nuclear Terror Threat
22 January 2008 | The IAEA released a reference manual that details how to prevent, detect, and respond to an incidence of nuclear terrorism.

IAEA Experts Visit South Africa
16 January 2008 | A team of IAEA experts is visiting South Africa at the invitation of the Government to exchange views on the lessons learned from an incident on 8 November 2007, when armed men broke into the Pelindaba nuclear facility of the South African Nuclear Energy Corporation (NECSA).

Denial of Shipment Meeting Convenes in Vienna
15 January 2008 | With widespread applications in medical, industrial, research and energy fields, the safe and assured shipment of radioactive materials is both a public health and economic issue.

IAEA Chief Concludes Iranian Visit
13 January 2008 | Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei, IAEA Director General, accompanied by Mr. Olli Heinonen, Deputy Director General for Safeguards and Mr. Vilmos Cserveny, Director for External Relations and Policy Coordination, visited Teheran from 11 to 12 January 2008.

IAEA Welcomes US Contribution of $50 million to Nuclear Fuel Bank
9 January 2008 | The IAEA recognized a recent $50 million funding allocation by the US Congress for purposes of a nuclear fuel reserve under the auspices of the Agency.

IAEA Chief Accepts Invitation to Visit Iran
8 January 2008 | IAEA Director General Dr. Mohamed ElBaradei will make a visit to Iran later this week for talks with high-level Iranian officials.