Conventions negotiated and adopted under the auspices of the Agency and for which the Director General is the Depositary
(status and relevant developments)


Agreement on the Privileges and Immunities of the IAEA (reproduced in document INFCIRC/9/Rev.1): During 1995, there was no change in the number of Parties to the Agreement. The number of Member States who have accepted the Agreement remains at 65.

Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage (reproduced in document INFCIRC/500): Entered into force on 12 November 1977. Now has 26 Parties as a result of accession by 2 States, and 11 signatories as a result of signature by 1 State.

Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (reproduced in document INFCIRC/274/Rev.1): Entered into force on 8 February 1987. In 1995, one State acceded to the convention. By the end of the year there were 53 Parties.

Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident (reproduced in document INFCIRC/335): Entered into force on 27 October 1986. Was acceded to by one State, bringing the total number of Parties at the end of 1995 to 75.

Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency (reproduced in document INF-CIRC/336): Entered into force on 26 February 1987. Was acceded to by one State. There were 71 Parties by the end of 1995.

Joint Protocol Relating to the Application of the Vienna Convention and the Paris Convention (reproduced in document INFCIRC/402): Entered into force on 27 April 1992. During 1995, 3 States acceded to the Protocol, bringing the number of States Party to 20.

Extension of the African Regional Co-operative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Energy (AFRA) (reproduced in document INFCIRC/377/Add.6): Entered into force on 4 April 1995 upon expiry of the original agreement. It was accepted by ten States during 1995.

Agreement to Extend the Regional Co-operative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology, 1987 (RCA) (reproduced in document INFCIRC/167/Add.15): Entered into force on 11 June 1992. There was no change in its status during the year, leaving at 17 the total number of acceptances.

Convention on Nuclear Safety (reproduced in document INFCIRC/449): Was adopted on 17 June 1994. Article 31.1 provides that the Convention will enter into force on the 90th day after the date of deposit with the Depositary of the 22nd instrument of ratification, acceptance or approval, including the instruments of 17 States, each having at least one nuclear installation which has achieved criticality in a reactor core. During 1995, 13 States deposited instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval. This brings to 14 the total number of instruments deposited, and 62 signatories by the end of the year. A group of signatories and other interested States met in March and December to consult on the Rules of Procedure and Financial Regulations in preparation for the Preparatory Meeting of Contracting Parties, to be held pursuant to Article 20.1 of the Convention not later than six months after its entry into force.


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