2011 in Pictures

4 January 2012
In January, the IAEA continues its efforts to strengthen and make more secure the fragile supply chain of vital medical isotopes produced from research reactors by improving the reliability of supplies, reduce proliferation risks and bridge remaining transport issues. (Photo: I. Iliut/IAEA)In February, IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards, Hermann Nackaerts, presides over the Fourth Workshop on Enhancing Capabilities of Safeguards Analytical Services, which was hosted by the IAEA with support from the Friends of SAL (Safeguards Analytical Laboratory). (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)During her visit to the IAEA headquarters in Vienna for the World Cancer Day Commemoration on 7 February 2011, Princess Dina Mired of Jordan decried the lack of cancer care capacity in the developing world and urged strongly that cancer care should be put on the global health agenda. She also recognized the IAEA's Programme of Action on Cancer Therapy (PACT) for its immense efforts to help fight cancer in developing countries. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)For the observance of the 100th anniversary of International Women’s Day, the IAEA focuses on the contribution of women working in science; the challenges the Agency face in finding well-qualified women for its professional posts; and its work to interest young women in pursuing careers in science. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)International safety experts view the damage of Unit 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant in the wake of the earthquake and tsunami that devastated much of eastern Japan on 11 March 2011. This picture has come to represent the concerted global concern and ensuing efforts to mitigate the consequences of the accident, leading to a number of inititatives to further enhance the global nuclear safety regime. (Photo: G. Webb/IAEA)IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano provides a video statement on the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami that struck Japan. 'I would like to express my sincerest condolences. My heart goes out to the people of my home country, as they rise to the challenge of this immense tragedy', he said.To inform the public about the latest developments on the Fukushima nuclear accident in Japan, the IAEA creates a comprehensive portal page containing news, resources and other information. The portal is updated daily with the latest authenticated information.As the accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant unfolds, the IAEA's Incident Emergency Centre (IEC) goes into full response mode and issues updates around the clock. The daily updates and briefings will continue up to June 2011, when Japan announced a 'roadmap' to contain and stabilize the situation. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)The 5th Review Meeting of the Convention on Nuclear Safety convenes in April in Vienna. The Convention commits to focus on learning lessons from the Fukushima nuclear accident to improve the global nuclear safety regime. At a special briefing for IAEA Member States on the Fukushima nuclear accident, Director General Yukiya Amano also announces that a high-level IAEA Conference on Nuclear Safety will take place in Vienna in June. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)The IAEA marks the 25th anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear accident, which took place on 26 April 1986, with 25 web stories on Chernobyl and the people living there being featured on the IAEA's web site to represent the 25 years that have passed. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)On 20 April 2011, in a special ceremony held at the Chernobyl site, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano joined UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and the Ukrainian President, Viktor Yanukovych, in calling for strengthened nuclear safety worldwide. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)A group of international experts under IAEA auspices and led by Mr. Mike Weightman from the UK leaves Vienna for a fact-finding mission to Japan. The team - created by an agreement of the IAEA and the Government of Japan - sought to identify lessons learned from the accident that can help improve nuclear safety around the world. In this picture, Mr. Weightman is shown standing in front of Unit 3 of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. (Photo: G. Webb/IAEA)The World Organization for Animal Health (OIE) officially announces the global eradication of rinderpest, a highly contagious viral disease afflicting cattle, buffaloes, yaks and several wildlife species, and causing immense livestock losses and crushing economic damage. A formal ceremony was later held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna during its General Conference to acknowledge the cooperation between the IAEA, FAO and OIE towards this accomplishment. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)The IAEA Conference on Nuclear Safety in June adopts a Ministerial Declaration that calls for improvements in global nuclear safety. The Declaration also requests the Director General to prepare a draft Action Plan to address issues related to nuclear safety, emergency preparedness and response and radiation protection of people and the environment. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)The IAEA's water experts publish the Atlas of Isotope Hydrology, including volumes devoted to regions of Africa, the Americas, as well as Asia and the Pacific, and the first national Atlas that profiles Morocco. This atlas is aimed at helping water planners ensure and plan access to fresh water sources. (Photo: L.Potterton/IAEA)Officials from Brazil, Argentina and the IAEA raise glasses for a celebratory toast marking the 20th anniversary of the Brazilian-Argentine Agency for Accounting and Control of Nuclear Materials (ABACC). In its 20 years of existence, ABACC has made significant contributions towards the peaceful application of nuclear technologies in the Latin American region. The bi-national agreement was also essential in paving the way for the entry into force of the Treaty of Tlatelolco that established a nuclear-weapon-free-zone in Latin America and the Caribbean. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)In July, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano goes to the nuclear accident site of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant, where he receives an extensive briefing and visits key locations. Japanese officials and personnel that were directly engaged in the response to the nuclear accident gave Director General Amano eyewitness accounts of the accident, as well as ongoing efforts to implement a 'roadmap' to contain and stabilize the situation in the accident's aftermath. (Photo: P. Pavlicek/IAEA)Approximately 60 participants from more than 30 countries take part in the second School of Nuclear Energy Management organized jointly by the IAEA and the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, Italy. The course, delivered by 40 international lecturers, covers the most important topics related to the nuclear energy sector. (Photo: R. Quevenco/IAEA)The 55th General Conference takes place in Vienna with a strong focus on nuclear safety. In the course of the week-long meeting, the General Conference approved the Agency's programme and budget, passed resolutions related to its work and approved the Agency's Action Plan on Nuclear Safety. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)The IAEA's Scientific Forum on Water Matters, held from 20 to 21 September 2011 in Vienna, gathers experts from around the world to discuss solutions to the water crisis, and to highlight the importance of nuclear techniques in managing water sustainably. Here, Elvira Sombrito from the Philippines describes how nuclear techniques are effectively being used to monitor harmful algal blooms (HABs) in affected coastal areas. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)To coincide with the Scientific Forum on Water Matters, the IAEA dedicates an entire issue of the IAEA Bulletin on water issues and produced a series of short videos depicting challenges to water supply, pollution and coastal pollution in Bangladesh, the Caribbean, Ecuador, Kenya and the Philippines. (Photo: R. Quevenco/IAEA)In a ceremony attended by Director General Yukiya Amano, Prince Albert of Monaco, ambassadors and other dignitaries, the IAEA Environment Laboratory in Monaco celebrated its golden anniversary at the city's Oceanographic Museum. The laboratory has for the past 50 years provided invalubale assistance to countries in the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques to better understand oceanic processes, marine ecosystems and pollution impact. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)The new Safeguards Clean Laboratory Extension, which provides the Department of Safeguards with vastly improved analytical capabilities, is officially opened. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano cuts the ribbon with the assistance of Mr. Hermann Naeckerts, Deputy Director General for the Department of Safeguards. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA) On 22 September 2011, the IAEA General Conference unanimously endorsed the Action Plan on Nuclear Safety requested by the Ministers during the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. The Action Plan aims to strengthen nuclear safety worldwide in the aftermath of the Fukushima nuclear accident. The IAEA creates a dedicated web focus page and a portal/dashboard to keep track of Agency events, activities and programmes as they relate to the Action Plan.In November, the IAEA Board of Governors adopts a resolution on the Implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement and Relevant Provisions of the UN Security Council Resolutions in the Islamic Republic of Iran, expressing concern regarding the Iranian nuclear programme. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)Representatives from about 100 countries attend a Forum to discuss how the experiences of existing Nuclear-Weapon-Free-Zones (NWFZs) might apply to the development of such a zone in the Middle East. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)As a result of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant accident, radioactive substances were released into the Pacific Ocean. As a response, the IAEA is implementing a Technical Cooperation (TC) project for countries throughout the Pacific Ocean region to monitor radioactive substances in the marine environment. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)Understanding the migratory habits of birds is key to fighting the spread of avain influenza. IAEA experts are applying nuclear techniques for diagnosis and for pinpointing such migratory habits, thus contributing significantly to the worldwide battle against avian influenza. It organizes training courses to build capabilities of countries in the use of these techniques. (Photo: R. Quevenco/IAEA)At IAEA headquarters in December, dignitaries and politicians pay tribute to the life and achievements of Marie Skłodowska-Curie, one of the greatest scientists of the 20th century. The event was the opening of the French-Polish exhibit honoring the centennial of the award of Madame Curie's second Nobel Prize. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)
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