GC-46 Daily Wrap: Friday, 20 September 2002
Iraq Resolution Adopted
Member States adopted a resolution urging Iraq to comply with
UN Security Council resolutions and provide "immediate,
unconditional, and unrestricted access" to enable Agency
inspectors to carry out their mandate. The resolution stresses
that the IAEA "must, on return to Iraq, resolve the key
issue of whether Iraq's nuclear activities and capabilities
have changed since December 1998", when inspections in
Iraq were stopped. The resolution
was adopted by vote, with 62 States in favour, zero opposed,
and 25 abstentions. Read
background on the IAEA mandate in Iraq. Read
the General Conference report on Iraq.
States Back Safeguards in the DPRK, Nuclear Security Measures
Member States adopted a resolution Friday backing the full
implementation of IAEA verification responsibilities in the
DPRK. The IAEA is continuing to monitor the "freeze"
on facilities under the 1994 Agreed Framework between the
United States and DPRK, but it remains unable to verify fully
the DPRKs initial declaration of its nuclear programme.
States expressed hope that ongoing political developments
in Northeast Asia would contribute to progress, and urged
the DPRK to take all steps that the Agency deems necessary
to verify the correctness and completeness of the DPRK's declared
nuclear programme. Read
the General Conference report on the DPRK.
nuclear security, the General Conference adopted a resolution
focusing on the need to further upgrade the physical protection
of nuclear material, and to reinforce efforts to secure radioactive
sources. States called for early finalization of negotiations
to strengthen the international Convention on the Physical
Protection of Nuclear Material, a global treaty under IAEA
auspices that is being amended by a group of legal and technical
experts next meeting in early November. Read
the General Conference report on nuclear security.
Summary Report on Scientific Forum
A report summarizing
the IAEA's Scientific Forum was presented to the General Conference
today. Mr. Mohammad Ridwan, head of the Nuclear Control Board
in Indonesia, delivered the statement, which highlighted major
points of discussion during three Forum sessions: nuclear
power life cycle management; the management of nuclear knowledge;
and nuclear security. The report makes a number of proposals
for the Agency's consideration. Read
of Nuclear Power
who hold top positions in their countries are pointing the
way forward when it comes to job opportunities and advancement.
A IAEA.org feature profiles senior nuclear regulators
from Argentina, Sweden, South Africa, Canada, and the Czech
Republic. The IAEA General Conference is backing measures
to improve the representation of professional women at the
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by the Division of Public Information.
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