International Atomic Energy Agency
18 June 2002
Forty-sixth regular session
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Under Rule 34 of the Rules of Procedure, the General Conference will be called upon to elect a President. In accordance with Rules 34 and 40, the Conference will also be called upon to elect eight Vice-Presidents, a Chairman of the Committee of the Whole and five additional members on the proposal of the President.
Documents GC(46)/3 and GC(46)/4 contain applications for membership of the Agency from the State of Eritrea and from the Government of the Kyrgyz Republic together with the Board's recommendations required under Article IV.B. of the Statute. Any further applications received in time will also be placed before the Conference for its consideration.
It is expected that a message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations will be delivered.
The Director General is expected to make a statement to the Conference.
The General Committee is required to report to the Conference under Rule 42(a) on the provisional agenda set forth in the present document and on any supplementary or additional items (Rules 13 and 15). The Conference will then approve the agenda (Rule 14) and allocate the items for initial discussion.
The Conference is required, under Rule 8, to set the closing date of the session and, under Rule 1, to set the opening date of the forty-seventh (2003) regular session after considering recommendations made by the General Committee.
By decision GC(44)/DEC/8 the General Conference in 2000 requested the Board of Governors to review after November 2001 the criteria, guidelines and measures being applied in connection with requests for the restoration of voting rights and to report its findings to the General Conference in 2002.
Member States will be urged to pledge contributions to the Technical Co-operation Fund for 2003 and attention will be drawn to the fact that such pledges of contributions can be made during the session.
Under Article V.E.4 of the Statute, the Conference is required to consider the Agency's Annual Report for the year 2001, which the Board has approved (GC(46)/2).
As part of the efforts to streamline the work of the General Conference, it is recommended that statements by delegates in the general debate be limited to 15 minutes.
The Conference will be called upon to elect 11 Members to the Board . Under Rule 83, the President will indicate to the Conference those elective places on the Board which must be filled so as to ensure that after the end of the session the Board will be constituted in accordance with Article VI.A. of the Statute. Designations made in accordance with Article VI.A.1 of the Statute for membership on the Board in 2002-2003 are set out in document GC(46)/5.
In accordance with Rule 12(i), the Agency's Accounts for 2001, together with the External Auditor's report thereon and the report of the Board, are being communicated to the Conference in document GC(46)/6.
Under Article V.E.5 of the Statute, the Conference is called upon to approve the Agency's budget for 2003 in accordance with estimates for the Agency's expenses which the Board, pursuant to Article XIV.A, is submitting to it in document GC(46)/7.
The Board of Governors is expected to make recommendations to the General Conference on a target figure for the Technical Co-operation Fund for 2003.
Pursuant to Article XIV.D of the Statute, a proposed scale of assessment of Members' contributions towards the Regular Budget for 2003 will be submitted to the Conference.
This item is included in the provisional agenda pursuant to resolution GC(45)/RES/10. The General Conference will have before it:
in the area of nuclear installation safety, a report on the development of an international research reactor safety enhancement plan;
in the area of radiation safety, reports on the implementation of
the Revised Action Plan for the Safety and Security of Radiation Sources,
the follow-up on the findings of the International Conference on the
Radiological Protection of Patients, held in Malaga (Spain) in March
2001, radiological criteria for long-lived radionuclides in commodities,
and the findings of the International Conference on Occupational Radiation
Protection, due to take place in Geneva in August 2002;
a report on transport safety;
in the area of waste safety, a report on the implementation of the
actions proposed in the Report on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management
contained in Attachment 1 to document GC(45)/14
and one on preparations for the First Review Meeting of the Contracting
Parties to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management
and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management; and
a report on education and training in nuclear installation, radiation,
waste and transport safety.
Pursuant to resolution GC(44)/RES/16, the General Conference will also have before it a report on the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency.
This item is included in the provisional agenda to enable the Director General to report (in document GC(46)/INF/4) on the implementation of resolution GC(45)/RES/11 as requested in its operative paragraph 11.
Under this item the Conference will have before it:
an up-dated version of the Nuclear Technology Review for 2002, considered by the Board in March of this year;
a report from the Director General on the implementation of resolution
concerning support for the Organization of African Unity's Pan African
Tsetse and Trypanosomiasis Eradication Campaign (PATTEC);
a report from the Director General on the implementation of resolution
entitled "Drought in Central America"; and
a report from the Director General on the implementation of resolution GC(45)/RES/12.F entitled "Agency activities in the development of innovative nuclear technology".
This item is included in the provisional agenda pursuant to resolution GC(45)/RES/13 to enable the Director General to report on the implementation of the resolution as requested in its operative paragraph 16.
In resolution GC(45)/RES/14.B the General Conference noted the decision of the Director General to establish an Advisory Group on Nuclear Security and requested the Director General to review thoroughly the activities and programmes of the Agency with a view to strengthening the Agency work relevant to preventing acts of terrorism and to report to the Board of Governors. The Director General reported to the Board in November 2001 and March 2002. In March 2002 the Board approved in principle the Director General's proposals for activities in the area of nuclear security.
The General Conference will have before it a progress report on measures undertaken by the Secretariat.
This item is included in the provisional agenda pursuant to operative paragraph 7 of resolution GC(45)/RES/16, in which the General Conference decided last year to remain seized of this matter and to include this item in the agenda for its forty-sixth regular session.
This item is included in the provisional agenda pursuant to resolution GC(45)/RES/17 adopted by the General Conference last year. As requested in operative paragraph 7 of the resolution, the Director General will report to the Conference on his efforts to implement the relevant United Nations Security Council resolutions relating to Iraq.
This item is included in the provisional agenda pursuant to resolution GC(45)/RES/18 adopted by the General Conference last year. The Director General will report to the Conference on the implementation of the resolution as requested in its operative paragraph 9.
This item has been included as the Conference will be called upon to elect one or more members to the Agency's Staff Pension Committee.
Under Rule 28 of the Rules of Procedure the General Committee, meeting as a credentials committee, will examine the credentials of all delegates and report thereon to the Conference.
It is expected that pledges of contributions to the Technical Co-operation Fund for 2003 will be obtained during the Conference and that the President will communicate a report thereon to the Conference.
2/ The Austria Center Vienna is located at Am Hubertusdamm 6, 1220 Vienna, next to the Vienna International Center.
3/ As stated in paragraph 2 of the cover note, facilities are being made available for area groups to meet during the weekend preceding the opening of the Conference's session. It is hoped that this measure will help area groups to reach agreement on their nominees for membership of the General Committee before Monday morning so that the work of the Conference can proceed without delay.
4/ The terms of office of Argentina, Egypt, Ghana, Ireland, the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya, Mexico, Pakistan, Peru, Switzerland, Thailand and Ukraine will expire at the end of this year's regular session (see document GC(44)/RES/DEC(2000), decision number GC(44)/DEC/10).