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IAEA Director General Official Visit to United States

Mohamed ElBaradei and Condoleeza Rice

Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice meets with IAEA Chief Mohamed ElBaradei at the State Department in Washington. (Photo credit: AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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IAEA Director General completes an official visit to the United States this week.

On 31 October, Dr. ElBaradei visited Yale University in the United States, where he spoke on issues of nuclear proliferation at the Yale Center for the Study of Globalization. He participated in a question-and-answer session at Luce Hall Auditorium with Ernesto Zedillo, Director of the Center and former president of Mexico. Read Story on Yale visit »

On Monday, 30 October, Dr. ElBaradei addressed the General Assembly of the United Nations in New York. His statement focuses on the IAEA´s work in fields of nuclear safeguards and verification, safety and security, and science and technology. Read Statement »

Dr. ElBaradei started off his visit in Washington, DC, 23 October, meeting with US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on matters related to nuclear non-proliferation and security, including the verification of nuclear programmes in Iran and the Democratic People´s Republic of Korea (DPRK).

During his visits to Washington and New York, Dr. ElBaradei attended events at which he received honorary awards and spoke on a range of nuclear issues.

In Washington, DC, Dr. ElBaradei attended events at Georgetown University and the University of Maryland, both of which honoured him for his distinguished international service at the IAEA.

  • At Georgetown University, the Institute for the Study of Diplomacy presented Dr. ElBaradei with the 26th Annual Raymond "Jit" Trainor Award for Distinction in the Conduct of Diplomacy. At the School of Foreign Service, Dr. ElBaradei also met with Dean Robert Gallucci, who moderated a question and answer session with the Director General on nuclear issues.

    » Listen to: Welcome :: Conversation with Dean Gallucci :: Q & A Session


  • At the University of Maryland, Dr. ElBaradei received the Honorary Doctorate in Public Service from University Dean Edward Montgomery. Dr. ElBaradei is to present the invited Sadat Peace Lecture at the Center for International Development and Conflict Management. The Anwar Sadat Chair for Peace and Development was established at the University in 1997 in memory of the late Egyptian President Anwar Sadat. The Chair was made possible by the commitment of Anwar Sadat´s widow, Dr. Jehan Sadat, to her husband´s legacy of leadership for peace. With support from all levels of the University, Dr. Sadat created an endowment for the Chair from the generous support of many individual contributors from around the world. Read Sadat Lecture »

In New York City, Dr. ElBaradei was honoured by the Interfaith Center of New York (ICNY) and the Muslim Public Affairs Council (MPAC).

  • ICNY honoured Dr. ElBaradei with the 2006 James Parks Morton Interfaith. The award cites the Director General´s "extraordinary work" at the IAEA, as a diplomat, academic, and Nobel Peace Prize Laureate and the lasting impact of the IAEA and his leadership on global efforts for safety, security, and human development. ICNY promotes peace and understanding through a range of secular educational activities that build bridges between communities.


  • MPAC presented Dr. ElBaradei with its Human Security Award. The MPAC Foundation Human Security Award was created to honor the contributions of extraordinary individuals who protect and empower the world´s most vulnerable populations. The Foundation recognizes Dr. ElBaradei´s contribution as an advocate for disarmament and for his reliance on diplomacy to rid the world of nuclear threats, and acknowledges Dr. ElBaradei´s and the International Atomic Energy Agency´s significant role in coordinating nuclear safety and security around the world.