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Bridging Divides, Digitally: Observing World Telecommunication and Information Society Day
18 May 2015 | World Telecommunications and Information Society Day, celebrated each year on May 17th, offers an annual reminder of the expanding role played communications technology in our professional and social lives. We commemorate the day by exploring how the technical cooperation programme is leveraging digital networks in support of development. Read more»
Medical physics: Supporting the profession and practise in Europe
14 May 2015 | Experts from international organizations, as well as medical physicists and representatives from Health Ministries and the governmental agencies of more than 30 IAEA Member States, came together to discuss and build awareness of the important role of medical physicists. Read more»
Supporting international efforts to prevent, control and mitigate Ciguatera Fish Poisoning using nuclear techniques
8 May 2015 | IAEA Member States of the Asia and the Pacific region, including Small Island Developing States, are under threat year round from seafood toxicity caused by marine algae, often referred to as harmful algal blooms (HABs). Read more»
Up-and-coming experts: Staff daughters receive a crash course in the Technical Cooperation Programme
29 April 2015 | Each year in late April, the City of Vienna sponsors Daughter’s Day, or ‘Wiener Toechtertag,’ an annual and city-wide event. This year, nearly 40 IAEA staff members brought their daughters with them to work, where the young women received lectures on cybersecurity, presentations on radiotherapy, and tours of the IAEA’s Satellite Imagery Laboratories. Read more»
New to the Programme: the IAEA welcomes and briefs newly appointed National Liaison Officers and Assistants from the Africa region
27 April 2015 | From 13-17 April 2015, the IAEA welcomed 18 NLOs and NLAs from the African region to the Agency’s Vienna headquarters for an induction workshop. The workshop aimed to provide guidance to the incoming national liaison officers and assistants on how the IAEA’s TC programme functions. Read more»
Paving the way towards the future: IAEA, Member States and partners review cradle-to-grave radioactive source management project
27 April 2015 | Some 40 experts in radioactive sources management representing regulatory bodies, waste operators and policymakers have met in Marrakesh, Morocco, between 13 and 17 April 2015 to evaluate progress made in the Mediterranean region toward ensuring the safe and comprehensive control of radioactive sources. Read more»
World Malaria Day: With IAEA support, Sudan is deploying the Sterile Insect Technique (SIT) to suppress mosquito populations
24 April 2015 | In recognition of World Malaria Day, observed on 25 April, we present an interview conducted at a coordination meeting, held from 10-12 March, with two delegates of the Republic of Sudan. They elaborate and discuss the ongoing efforts to combat malaria in Sudan through the use of the Sterile Insect Technique. Watch»
Nuclear Energy Contributes to Development: Energy Conference in Africa Looks at Options
22 April 2015 | Africa's energy future, as well as opportunities for regional cooperation in nuclear energy development, were the focus of discussions at the Third Conference on Energy and Nuclear Power in Africa — Assessing African Energy Needs and Planning for the Future, organized by the IAEA in Kenya last week. Read more»
Sudan signs its third Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2015-2020
21 April 2015 | Dr Tahani Abdalla Attia, Minister of Science and Communications, and Kwaku Aning, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Sudan’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2015 - 2020. Read more»
Rising to new challenges: IAEA experts attend the Regional Congress of the International Radiation Protection Association
15 April 2015 | In collaboration with the IAEA, WHO, PAHO and other relevant stakeholders, IRPA organizes regional congresses biennially. Taking place from 12 to 17 April, this year’s Latin American Congress aims to ensure that nuclear technologies are used in a safe manner to protect people and the environment from the risk of radiation exposure. Read more»
IAEA Impact: Water Protection Measures and Community Involvement Increase Sustainability of Uranium Mining in Tanzania
14 April 2015 | The stage is set for uranium mining in the United Republic of Tanzania, following recent changes to the country's regulatory framework that brought it in line with IAEA recommendations. Read more»
Mongolia and IAEA: Successful Cooperation, Renewed Focus on Cancer Care
13 April 2015 | Replacements for existing radiotherapy treatment units and the forthcoming installation of two new linear accelerators will greatly boost Mongolia's national cancer programme and reduce waiting times for cancer patients. Read more»
Strengthening the Safe Use of Radiation in Medical Practice: Experts Call for Accelerated Introduction of International Basic Safety Standards
10 April 2015 | Sound regulatory frameworks based on IAEA safety standards and effective communication are essential to ensuring that radiation used in medicine provides benefits to patients while minimizing risks. Read more»
Georgia signs second Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2015-2019
09 April 2015 | Ms Maia Bitadze, Deputy Minister of Environment and Natural Resources and Protection of Georgia, and Mr Kwaku Aning, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Georgia’s second Country Programme Framework (CPF). Read more»
IAEA to Assist Conversion of Jamaican Research Reactor to LEU Fuel
09 April 2015 | The Caribbean’s only research reactor will be converted to low enriched uranium (LEU) fuel later this year, decreasing non-proliferation risks while doubling the reactor’s utilization capacity. Read more»
Development through better nutrition: IAEA signs partnership agreement to tackle malnutrition
25 March 2015 | The Agency was recently joined in the struggle against malnutrition by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has entered into a Practical Arrangement (PA) with the IAEA. Read more»
IAEA Impact: More Bountiful Crops With Every Drop Using Drip Irrigation in Mauritius
24 March 2015 | Cauliflower, broccoli, sweet pepper and many other nutritious vegetables used to be expensive in Mauritius. This has all changed over the past few years, and local farms are now starting to supply the country's growing population and burgeoning tourism industry with fresh, locally grown produce. Read more»
Defeating malaria: IAEA and IDB support Sudan’s implementation of SIT
23 March 2015 | Given the success of SIT in the eradication of moths, screwworms, tsetse and fruit flies, the Government of Sudan is developing capacities suppress mosquitoes, together with the IAEA. Read more»
A high-water mark: IAEA observes World Water Day 2015
20 March 2015 | Water has always been and will remain the sine qua non for life on Earth—the biochemistry of every organism on the planet is based on water. Not only is it required to conduct photosynthesis in plants, and to nourish and sustain animal life, the presence of potable water is also critical to sustainable, socioeconomic development. Read more»
South African hospital offers improved cancer care and training to staff from across Africa
19 March 2015 | Improved cancer care and strengthened research and development capabilities are among the main results of South Africa’s collaboration with the IAEA over the last decades, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said at the Steve Biko Academic Hospital in Pretoria. Read more»
IAEA Impact: Senegal Nears First Victory in Eradicating Tsetse Flies
17 March 2015 | After a four-year eradication programme including nuclear techniques, the Niayes region of Senegal is now almost free of the tsetse fly, which used to decimate livestock. Read more»
IAEA, Member States enhance import-export control of radioactive sources
16 March 2015 | As part of an ongoing interregional technical cooperation (TC) project , which is working toward an improved control of radioactive sources in the Mediterranean region, 30 participants from 18 Member States attended a meeting at the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters. Read more»
Healing, not harming: joining efforts in Latin America and the Caribbean to implement the International Basic Safety Standards in medical practice
16 March 2015 | A seminar—scheduled to take place from 23 to 27 March 2015 in Santiago, Chile—will gather national regulators and health authorities responsible for setting an appropriate frame to enable the safe use of radiation in the medical practice in the region to discuss the newest safety requirements established in the GSR Part 3.   Read more»
In Support of Soil and Sustainability: IAEA hosts side-event at 3rd UNCCD Scientific Conference
9 March 2015 | The IAEA is organizing a side-event concerning the importance of quantitative soil erosion data at the 3rd UNCCD Scientific Conference, which is taking place in Cancun, Mexico from 9-12 March. Read more»
A Chat with the Director-General of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Therapy
5 March 2015 | We sat down with Professor Vong Hu Tan, Director-General of the Vietnam Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety (VARANS), to learn more about Viet Nam's rich history of cooperation with the IAEA. Read more
International Women’s Day: Supporting women through the technical cooperation programme
5 March 2015 | Each year International Women’s Day is observed on 8 March. The day represents an opportunity to celebrate the achievements of women. The IAEA’s technical cooperation programme works to help women reach their goals and succeed in the field of nuclear science and technology. View photo essay>>
IAEA and ICBA sign Practical Arrangement in support of their soil, water, crop and nutrition activities
4 March 2015 | IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and Dr Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of the ICBA, recently signed a Practical Arrangement, formalizing the already fruitful relationship between the IAEA and ICBA. Read more»
Quality time with the IAEA: TC workshop to improve quality control is held in Madagascar
4 March 2015 | From 9 to 13 February 2015, in collaboration with the Institut National des Sciences et Techniques Nucléaires (INSTN), the IAEA organized a regional workshop on developing and implementing Standards Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the production of quality products. Read more»
Symposium on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Science and technology: towards the 2015 NPT Review Conference and Beyond
4 March 2015 | Statement by Mr Kwaku Aning, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, delivered at the Symposium on Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Science and technology, held by Brazil and Japan. Read more»
Papua New Guinea to Fight Pests, Improve Access to Cancer Care Under First Ever IAEA Project
4 March 2015 | Papua New Guinea, one of the IAEA's newest Member States, is getting ready to use nuclear techniques in agriculture, environmental monitoring and cancer treatment, the country's officials said. Read more»
Early Warning for Ebola: Strengthening Africa's Capacity to Anticipate Risk of Outbreaks
27 February 2015 | Experts in Africa will be able to better track and detect animal diseases that could eventually be transmitted to humans as a result of a new € 2.7 million IAEA project. Read more»
Project Design meeting to support participation of new Member States Brunei, Fiji, and Papua New Guinea in the 2016-2017 TC Programme
20 February 2015 | From 16-20 February 2015, a meeting was held at the Agency's Vienna HQ to provide the three new IAEA Member States (Brunei, Fiji and Papua New Guinea) with the expertise, knowledge and skills to design their new technical cooperation programme. Read more»
Strengthening national capabilities for medical response to radiation emergencies in Latin America: An example of successful cooperation with France
25 February 2015 | France continues its long-standing history of cooperation with the IAEA through its support of an ongoing regional technical cooperation project, which aims to strengthen national capabilities for response to radiological and nuclear emergencies in Latin American countries. Read more»

Member State contributions reinforce IAEA efforts to detect Ebola virus disease
23 February 2015 | Nearly a year has passed since the World Health Organization (WHO) reported a major outbreak of Ebola virus disease (EVD) in Guinea. In the interim, the disease has reached epidemic proportions, reaching casualty rates of up to 70%, and claiming the lives of nearly 10,000 victims across Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, and elsewhere. Read more»
A Changing World
20 February 2015 | Nuclear techniques are now being used in polar and mountainous regions to study climate change and its impact on land-water-ecosystem quality in order to better conserve and manage these resources. Read more»
Nuclear science is climate science: IAEA, UNEP sign practical arrangement to address climate change
18 February 2015 | Representatives of the IAEA and UNEP met to sign a Practical Arrangement, that would clarify how and where the two agencies would collaborate in the coming six years, enhancing an already long history of partnership. Read more»
IAEA’s TC, Human Health and PACT Programmes commemorate World Cancer Day 2015
17 February 2015 | To mark this year’s World Cancer Day, IAEA Director-General Yukiya Amano welcomed H.E. Roman Tesfay, the First Lady of Ethiopia, and a panel of expert speakers to the Agency’s headquarters in Vienna. A large projection on the Vienna International Centre was also organized. Read more»
Fighting Forgery: IAEA, Bank of Lebanon and Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission cooperate to detect counterfeit bills
17 February 2015 | With the support of the IAEA, the Lebanese Atomic Energy Commission (LAEC) recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the Central Bank of Lebanon (BDL) to develop quality-control testing for banknotes and coins. Read more»
IAEA technical cooperation programme: Riding the radio waves
12 February 2015 | 13 February is World Radio Day – a day to celebrate radio as a communication channel and also as an important way to reach IAEA Member States in the developing parts of the world where internet access or TV ownership is limited. Read more»

A beaming future: IAEA supports installation of e-beam facility in Philippines
11 February 2015 | Through an ongoing technical cooperation (TC) project, the Philippines now counts itself among the few countries in the region with a fully-functional and operational e-beam facility. Read more»

Together We Can Do More
9 February 2015 | Cancer is preventable and increasingly curable, but to fight the disease in low and middle income countries requires international collaboration and resources. Read more»
Bosnia and Herzegovina signs its second Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2015-2019
9 February 2015 | Emir Dizdarevic, Director, State Regulatory Agency for Radiation and Nuclear Safety and Kwaku Aning, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Bosnia and Herzegovina’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2015–2019. Read more»
Azerbaijan signs its second Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2015-2020
9 February 2015 | H.E. Mr Galib Israfilov, Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the IAEA, and Kwaku Aning, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Azerbaijan’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2015-2020. Read more»
World Cancer Day: Afghanistan Looks to Open Cancer Care Centre
3 February 2015 | In the conflict zones of Afghanistan, one quiet adversary that does not take any sides is cancer. But for the first time in 23 years the country is preparing to get a radiotherapy machine and re-establish cancer care in Kabul. Read more»
Passing the torch: IAEA and Singapore commit to Third Country Training
3 February 2015 | On 26 January 2015, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and Her Excellency Grace Fu, Second Minister for Foreign Affairs and Second Minister for the Environment and Water Resources, signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Singapore-IAEA Third Country Training Programme (TCTP). Read more»
Brunei, IAEA Discuss Cooperation in Cancer Care, Agriculture
2 February 2015 | The IAEA is prepared to assist Brunei Darussalam, one of its newest members, in expanding the use of nuclear techniques for the welfare of its population, said IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano in Bandar Seri Begawan last week. Read more»
IAEA roundtable to mark World Cancer Day on 4 February
27 January 2015 | To mark the occasion of World Cancer Day, the IAEA’s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) will host a roundtable panel discussion with notable speakers from around the world to address some of the issues regarding comprehensive cancer control in developing countries. Read more»
Inaugurating the first nuclear medicine facility in Mauritania
22 January 2015 | On November 28, 2014, the 54th anniversary of Mauritanian independence, His Excellency, President Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz inaugurated the completed nuclear medicine facility. View photo essay
Uranium in Africa: Aiming high for leadership
13 January 2015 | Project leaders from across the African region gathered at the first ever Leadership Academy workshop on sustainable uranium production to discuss effective leadership skills and methods. Read more»



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