International Atomic Energy Agency
General Conference
(Unofficial electronic version)
September 1998


Forty-second regular session
Agenda item 16


Resolution adopted on 25 September 1998 during the 10th plenary meeting

The General Conference,

(a) Recalling its resolutions GC(XXXVIII)/RES/15, GC(39)/RES/18, GC(40)/RES/17 and GC(41)/RES/17 on measures against illicit trafficking in nuclear materials and other radioactive sources,

(b) Noting the programme for preventing and combating illicit trafficking in nuclear material agreed upon by the participants in the Moscow Nuclear Summit of April 1996 contained in document INFCIRC/509,

(c) Welcoming the confirmation of participants at the Denver Summit of June 1997 on their commitment to implement the "Programme for Prevention and Combating Illicit Trafficking in Nuclear Materials",

(d) Noting also that a meeting of the International Conference on Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials: Experience in Regulation, Implementation and Operations, took place in Vienna from 10 to 14 November 1997,

(e) Noting further that the Agency, together with the European Commission, the World Customs Organization and the International Criminal Police Organization (Interpol), organized the International Conference on the Safety of Radiation Sources and the Security of Radioactive Materials in Dijon, France, from 14 to 18 September 1998, and

(f) Noting that the UN General Assembly has undertaken the elaboration of an international convention on the suppression of acts of nuclear terrorism (UNGA resolution 51/210 of 17 December 1996),

  1. Takes note of the progress report submitted by the Secretariat in document GC(42)/17;

  2. Welcomes the activities in the fields of prevention, response, training and information exchange undertaken by the Secretariat in support of efforts against illicit trafficking;

  3. Also welcomes the completion of the development phase of the database on illicit trafficking;

  4. Invites the Director General to submit a report to the Board of Governors on possibilities of enhancing co-operation in this field;

  5. Also invites the Director General to continue working during the coming year in accordance with the relevant conclusions of the Board of Governors;

  6. Requests the Director General to submit a report to the General Conference at its next regular session on activities undertaken by the Agency in the intervening period; and

  7. Requests the Director General to bring the present resolution to the attention of the UN General Assembly and invites the UN General Assembly, in elaborating the above-mentioned convention, to bear in mind the Agency's activities in preventing and combating illicit trafficking in nuclear material and other radioactive sources.

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