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Curtain Falls on 51st IAEA General Conference of Member States in Vienna

Plenary at GC

Delegates in the plenary during the General Conference. (Photo: D. Calma/IAEA)

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The IAEA General Conference of Member States concluded today in Vienna. More than 100 IAEA Member States and over 1,500 delegates attended the five-day event held at the Austria Center, Vienna from 17-21 September.

During the concluding session, delegates adopted resolutions aimed at strengthening the IAEA´s work in the areas of technology, safety and security, and safeguards.

During the General Conference, a two-day Scientific Forum looking at global challenges and the development of atomic energy for the next 25 years was also held alongside several briefings on the Agency´s work in areas such as nuclear energy, safety and security and technical cooperation.

Other events included a forum held by the International Safety Advisory Group (INSAG), and an exhibit highlighting the work of the IAEA in various areas, as well as special exhibits organized by Member States.

On 20 September, the General Conference also elected 11 new IAEA Board Members to serve for two years. These are: Albania; Algeria; Ecuador; Ghana; Iraq; Ireland; Lithuania; Mexico; Philippines; Saudi Arabia; and Switzerland.

The 52nd IAEA General Conference is due to be held from 29 September 3 October 2008 at the Austria Center, Vienna.

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