History of the IAEA

Revisiting the Past

Old IAEA headquarters

"The IAEA was created in 1957 in response to the deep fears and expectations resulting from the discovery of nuclear energy. Its fortunes are uniquely geared to this controversial technology that can be used either as a weapon or as a practical and useful tool. The Agency's genesis was US President Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace address to the General Assembly of the United Nations on 8 December 1953. These ideas helped to shape the IAEA Statute, which 81 nations unanimously approved in October 1956."

(Excerpts from the book, IAEA: The First Forty Years by David Fischer, in pdf format) Read More →

A Pictorial History of Atoms for Peace

Pictorial Book

This book commemorates the IAEA's first 50 years as a photographic history of the organization and its work. The book explores in pictures the balance between the IAEA's work as a nuclear watchdog and rigorous advocate for safety and security and its mission in helping developing countries use advanced science for humanitarian benefit. Read More →

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60 Years of Atoms for Peace

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