What are nuclear safeguards and why are they important? Answers are provided in a new booklet that describes and explains the fundamentals of the IAEA safeguards system and its role as a key element of international security. The 32-page illustrated booklet addresses the system´s implementation, costs, requirements, resources and historical development, with an emphasis on trends and strengthening measures over the past 10-15 years.
"IAEA safeguards are a central element of the nuclear non-proliferation regime," notes IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei in the Foreword. "This, in turn, is an essential component of the international security system." He emphasizes, among other things, that the IAEA and its Member States are working together "to ensure that the safeguards system is continuously appraised and updated as necessary."