The Board examines and makes recommendations to the General Conference on the IAEA's financial statements, programme and budget. It considers applications for membership, approves safeguards agreements and the publication of the IAEA's safety standards. It also appoints the Director General of the IAEA, with the approval of the General Conference.
The Board generally meets five times per year: in March and June, twice in September (before and after the General Conference) and in November.
Board Members for 2016-2017
The 35 Board Members for 2016-2017 are Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, China, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Latvia, Namibia, the Netherlands, Pakistan, Paraguay, Peru, the Philippines, Qatar, the Russian Federation, Singapore, Slovenia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, the United States of America and Uruguay.
Officers of the Board
The Chair of the Board of Governors for 2016-2017 is Ambassador Tebogo Seokolo, the Governor of South Africa. He succeeds Ambassador Laércio Antonio Vinhas, the Governor of Brazil.
The Vice-Chairs are Ambassador Bahtijors Hasans, the Governor of Latvia, and Ambassador Gonzalo de Salazar Serantes, the Governor of Spain.