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IAEA General Conference

64th IAEA General Conference

21 – 25 September 2020, Vienna International Centre, Vienna

The 64th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference is being held from 21 to 25 September 2020 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in Vienna, Austria, where high-ranking officials and representatives from IAEA Member States will consider a range of issues.

For further information on the IAEA General Conferences, past and forthcoming, please see the General Conference Archives.

Registration

Registration starts on 3 August 2020 and should be completed by 15 September 2020.

Credentials

Heads of Delegation (but not other members of delegations) will require credentials specifically for the session, even if they are already accredited to the Agency in some other capacity (for example, as Resident Representative).

It is emphasized that, in accordance with Rule 27 of the Rules of Procedure of the General Conference, original credentials must be issued either by the Head of State or Government or by the Minister for Foreign Affairs of the Member State concerned and must be submitted to the Director General, preferably not later than seven days before the start of the Conference, i.e. Monday, 14 September 2020, in order to facilitate the smooth proceeding of the Conference, in particular the work of the General Committee. As of 2.30 p.m. on Sunday, 20 September 2020, credentials that have not previously been submitted to the Director General should be hand delivered directly to the Credentials Officer (M building, ground floor, room M0E 69). It should be noted that credentials cannot be accepted during registration at Gate 1 of the VIC.

For any assistance regarding credentials, please contact the Credential Officer.

Formalities on arrival

All participants are requested to register online through the IAEA General Conference registration system.

To avoid long queues during the morning of Monday,21 September, registered participants are strongly encouraged to collect their badges in advance upon presentation of a valid photo ID card at the Registration Desk at Gate 1 on the following days:

  • Thursday, 17 September 12.00 noon – 4.00 p.m.
  • Friday, 18 September 9.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.
  • Sunday, 20 September 11.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m.

In principle, badges should be collected in person. However, advance collection of pre-printed badges is possible by an authorized person upon presentation of an official letter or note specifying the name of the collector and listing the names of participants whose badges are to be collected. Please note that once collected, badges cannot be returned to the Registration Desk nor reprinted. Should advance collection of badges not be possible, badges can be collected at the IAEA Registration Desk at Gate 1 as of 7.30 a.m. on Monday, 21 September 2020.

Participants who have not registered online and participants who did not send a photograph are requested to enter through Gate 1 and proceed to the designated IAEA Registration Desk, where staff will assist them with the registration process and/or photo badging. A photo ID and a copy of the official nomination are required to be presented at the IAEA Registration Desk.

Information on accessing the VIC

Delegates attending the General Conference are advised to allow for extra time to access the VIC, especially on 21 and 22 September, and to use public transportation, when possible.

  • Access between the VIC and the Austria Center Vienna (ACV)

    The ACV has limited office space for rental on level 3 and level -2 during the week of the General Conference. Due to a large construction project in the ACV, it will not be possible to rent office space in the front part of the building. The connecting door between the M building and the ACV will be open.

    The doors will be open on Sunday 20 September 2020 from 1.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. and during the week from 8.00 a.m. until 1 hour after the end of meetings.
     
  • Access to the VIC by temporary drivers/vehicles

    During the 64th Session of the General Conference, the cars of Permanent Missions and of Permanent Mission staff registered with the VIC Garage Administration can be parked as usual in the VIC. Apart from drivers and cars of Permanent Missions, additional chauffeured cars may be allowed entry to the VIC for the duration of the Conference. Due to constructions taking place in the garage of the VIC, information concerning eventual parking options for additional cars will be communicated at a later stage.

    Requests for temporary VIC access permits shall be submitted via email to Garage Administration and Protocol by note verbal, as soon as possible, and not later than two working days prior to the Conference. VIC access permits shall be collected not later than by 3.00 p.m. on Friday, 18 September 2020 at Garage Administration (Rotunda, next to the newspaper shop, C Building), as Garage Administration is not open on weekends. The opening hours of Garage Administration are Monday to Friday, 9.00 a.m. – 4.00 p.m. Drivers who are not in possession of a valid VIC driver badge shall be registered through the General Conference online registration system as Support Staff, with the remark Driver. Both the temporary VIC access permits and the drivers’ badges shall be collected in advance, as they will be required when accessing the VIC. 

    Vehicles accessing the VIC via Gate 2 should not exceed 2.10 metres in height.
     
  • VIC Guidebook for People with Disabilities

    See the VIC Guidebook for people with disabilities here.
     
  • VIC Sustainable Transportation

    See information on VIC sustainable transportation here.

Plans

Seating arrangements in the Plenary

Member States are kindly advised that the seating arrangements will start with Sweden, the Member State chairing the Board of Governors. In the Plenary hall six seats will be allocated to each Member State.

IAEA Conferences and Meetings App

The IAEA Conferences and Meetings App provides a one-stop access to information on the IAEA General Conference, the Scientific Forum and scheduled side events. The app also allows users to put together their own personalized schedule of events and activities related to the General Conference, as well as access to up-to-date programme information of related events. It also provides updates on the speakers' list for the Plenary and the starting times for sessions of the Plenary and the Committee of the Whole. Power point presentations that have been approved for public release can also be viewed through the app, which is available free for both IOS and Android devices.

For iPhone or iPad users, get your free download through the Apple iTunes Store; those with Android devices can visit the Google Play Store.

Live Streaming

General Conference Sessions at the Plenary Hall, including the statements of officials and delegates, are streamed live during the whole week of the General Conference.

Sessions of the Scientific Forum will also be streamed live beginning on Tuesday, 22 September 2020. Links to the video streaming service will be provided on the opening day.

Earphones (i.e. mobile phones, tablets) can be plugged into the receiver devices available in all board rooms and conference rooms.

Code of Conduct to Prevent Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment, at UN System Events

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) adheres to the Code of Conduct to Prevent Harassment, Including Sexual Harassment, at UN System Events (the Code of Conduct), endorsed by the High-level Committee on Management (HLCM) of the United Nations system in July 2019.

All UN system events are guided by the highest ethical and professional standards and the Agency commits to engaging in events at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful and safe environment.

All participants of the 64th General Conference are expected to uphold the standards set out in the Code of Conduct.

Greening the General Conference

The 64th IAEA General Conference is going green. To demonstrate its commitment to sustainability, the IAEA will organize the conference as a green meeting according to the guidelines of the Austrian Ecolabel. This means that the IAEA will keep the ecological impact of the General Conference as low as possible. The Vienna International Centre is already a workplace that is powered by carbon neutral electricity from 100% renewable sources. There will be a focus on the areas of paper smart documentation, waste reduction and recycling, and environmentally friendly catering.

The IAEA as organizer will contribute to making the General Conference a Green Meeting. Delegates can have a role in this endeavour and are encouraged to choose environmentally friendly options when planning their participation. Small actions can make a big difference: choosing environmentally certified accommodation, giving feedback via the IAEA Conference and Meetings app, sorting waste for recycling, and returning name badges - these will all help to reduce the environmental impact. Information on how to effectively contribute to climate protection, both locally and globally can be found here.

Vienna has an efficient network of public transport - buses, trains, trams and underground lines - that covers most of the city. The IAEA encourages participants to make full use of these greener modes of transportation.

Additional information can be found at the following links:

Advance Information for Delegations

Information about the General Conference, as well as other events organized in conjunction with the Conference's Session will be made available here.

Services

Information about services at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) is available here.

Disclaimer

The IAEA has become aware that tickets for IAEA events such as conferences, meetings and the General Conference, are being offered for sale by commercial entities via their respective websites, whereby these entities are using commercial business-model packages to solicit the purchase of such tickets. The IAEA wishes to advise that it does not charge any fees for participation in IAEA events. Eligible participants in Agency events are accredited by the IAEA directly, subject to the relevant IAEA legal framework. Therefore, the IAEA neither endorses, nor will be held responsible for, such fraudulent practices. The IAEA recommends that the recipients of such solicitations exercise extreme caution and that they report such activities to local authorities for appropriate action.

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