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Media Advisory 2002/1

IAEA Director General seeks endorsement from IAEA Board of Governors for programme to protect against nuclear terrorism

2002 | Vienna, 14 March 2002 | In response to the worldwide threat of nuclear terrorism, IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei will table a plan outlining a wide range of measures to upgrade the IAEA's nuclear security programmes. Mr. ElBaradei will seek approval for the plan on the first day of the 18-22 March meeting of the IAEA's Board of Governors. The report puts a price tag on its proposed programme upgrades at $12 million per year. An additional fund will also be proposed for the urgent upgrading and procurement of security equipment for nuclear facilities, at a cost of $20 million per year.

The Board of Governors, representing 35 IAEA Member States, will also review measures to strengthen international co-operation in nuclear, radiation, transport and waste safety. It will further assess the state of the world's nuclear technology and focus on the Agency's plan to optimize nuclear safeguards.

Press arrangements:

Access to Board Meeting: The meeting is closed to the press.

Photo Op: Photographers are invited to take opening shots of arrivals and of the meeting. Please be in the IAEA Boardroom, 4 th floor, C Building, at 9:45.

Interviews can be arranged by request in advance.

Accreditation: Onsite accreditation is possible for journalists with valid press identification cards.