IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei is among top leaders from international organizations participating in sessions at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos this week. Dr. ElBaradei will be meeting with members of the international press corps in Davos on Friday, 26 January, on nuclear issues, including Iran´s nuclear programme and the UN Security Council resolution concerning it.
Nearly 2500 participants from 90 countries are at the WEF in Davos, including Heads of State or government, Cabinet Ministers, and leaders of international and non-governmental organizations, business, and the media.
At the WEF, Dr. ElBaradei is participating in sessions on global security and vulnerabilities, and on stopping the spread of nuclear weapons. Questions on the table revolve around the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which has served as a framework to limit the number of nuclear weapon States, but now is being seriously tested. Discussions will focus on steps to reenforce the NPT regime; incentives for a country not to acquire a nuclear capability; the role of sanctions against violators; and measures to ensure that terrorists do not obtain nuclear weapons or material.
Other heads of international organizations at the WEF include those with whom the IAEA cooperates in various fields. Among them are Paul D. Wolfowitz, President, World Bank, Washington DC; Koichiro Matsuura, Director-General, United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), Paris; Achim Steiner, Executive Director, United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), Nairobi; Heizo Takenaka, Director, Global Security Research Institute, Keiko University, Japan; Richard Feachem, Executive Director, Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, Geneva; Pascal Lamy, Director-General, World Trade Organization (WTO), Geneva; Peter Piot, Executive Director, Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS), Geneva; and Ann M. Veneman, Executive Director, United Nations Children´s Fund (UNICEF), New York.