Information about the General Conference, as well as other events organized in conjunction with the Conference's Session is available here.
Member States participating in the General Conference. More →
A Scientific Forum will be held in conjunction with the 58th General Conference — entitled Radioactive Waste: Meeting the Challenge – Science and Technology for Safe and Sustainable Solutions — from 23 to 24 September 2014. More →
Member States and organizations wishing to set up an exhibition as part of a side event to the 2014 General Conference, are kindly invited to submit their requests for space, together with the title and a short description of the concept and content of their planned exhibition, to the Infrastructure Committee as soon as possible. The deadline for submissions is 13 June 2014.
In planning their exhibition, Member States are kindly reminded that they should adhere to the Guidelines for Exhibitions in the Vienna International Centre (VIC), distributed to Permanent Missions on 29 April 2013.
It should be noted that the specific location of each Member State's exhibition shall be assigned by the Agency on a rotational basis, as per the usual practice. Therefore, no specific spot can be automatically reserved by the same Member State every year.
Additional information may be obtained from the Infrastructure Committee or the Exhibitions Contact Point of the Division of Conference and Document Services (MTCD)/Conference Services Section (CSS).
General Conference Sessions at the Plenary Hall, including the opening statements of officials and delegates, will be streamed live during the whole week of the General Conference. Sessions of the Scientific Forum will also be streamed live beginning on Tuesday, 23 September 2014. Links to the video streaming service will be provided on the opening day.
All things nuclear take centre stage in Vienna, Austria, when the IAEA holds its annual General Conference. The Conference will be attended by delegates from the IAEA's Member States and from various organizations. Janice Dunn Lee, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management, looks ahead to the Conference, explaining the agenda items and the Conference's objectives. Listen to the Podcast →
The IAEA's five-day General Conference opened on 22 September 2014 to consider the Agency's programme and activities and approve its budget for the coming year. High-level governmental representatives from the IAEA's 162 Member States, including several at the ministerial level, gathered to consider and discuss a range of topics on the peaceful development of nuclear technologies. During the five-day gathering, about 3000 participants from Member States, international organizations, as well as non-governmental organizations and the media were able to choose from among dozens of side events. More → | Photo Gallery →
At this morning's opening session, the General Conference approved the applications of the Union of the Comoros, Republic of Djibouti, Co-operative Republic of Guyana and the Republic of Vanuatu for membership in the IAEA. Membership will take effect once the appropriate legal instruments are deposited with the Agency.
Among the side events taking place at the IAEA annual General Conference was a briefing on A New Strategic Approach to Establishing and Strengthening Radiation Safety Infrastructure in Member States. The briefing emphasized the importance of radiation safety and briefed participants on a strategic approach for accelerating the establishment and strengthening an effective radiation safety infrastructure. The event also called attention to the importance of developing and implementing a national strategy that is comprehensive, holistic, efficient and sustainable while making optimal use of national, regional and international resources to establish an effective radiation safety structure.
The 2014 Forum of the International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) conducted a roundtable discussion on the margins of the ongoing IAEA 58th General Conference. The Forum discussed the way forward for further strengthening global nuclear safety as well as provided insights from INSAG and other participants on further enhancing the concept of "defence in depth" and its application. The INSAG Chairman is Richard A. Meserve, who is the former Chairman of the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission. More →
The IAEA Office of Legal Affairs (OLA) organized a Treaty Event aimed at promoting universal adherence to multilateral treaties related to nuclear safety, security and liability for nuclear damage for which the Agency is depositary. This year's Treaty Event focused on the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM). A list of treaties featured at the Treaty Event, a brief overview of their objectives and key provisions and procedural information relating to the Treaty Event can be found on the OLA webpage. More →
The European Commission (EC) and Joint IAEA-EC Activities on Radioactive Waste Management, Decommissioning and Remediation meeting was held in the margins of the 58th IAEA General Conference. At this event, an overview of the activities of the EC in the field of radioactive waste management, decommissioning and remediation was provided, which also included detailed information on the successful collaborative projects between the IAEA and the EC. More →
The IAEA's Scientific Forum on Radioactive Waste: Meeting the Challenge — Science and Technology for Safe and Sustainable Solutions opened on 23 September in Vienna, Austria. The two-day Forum focused on radioactive waste and the science and technology available for its safe management. International experts on radioactive waste highlighted the science and technology available to develop safe, secure and sustainable solutions for its management. The meeting also highlighted how the IAEA is supporting its Member States in meeting the challenge. The Forum was streamed live. More → | Press Release → | Scientific Forum → | Photo Gallery →
At its second plenary session yesterday, the IAEA General Conference adopted its Agenda, allocating items for discussion among Conference bodies. Agenda →
The importance of nuclear science and technology is undebatable, but the lack of women experts working in these areas is a serious void that Member States, international organizations and the nuclear industry recognize as a gap. Therefore, this event provided a roundtable to discuss the roles and opportunities women have in the nuclear field, and addressed the issues in the areas of law, regulation, science, technology, diplomacy and management. This event was hosted by the IAEA Department of Management in partnership with the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP) and the IAEA Chapter of Women in Nuclear (WiN), the International Network of Emerging Nuclear Specialists (INENS), the Permanent Mission of France and of the United Kingdom. Senior representatives from the United Nations, the IAEA and other international organizations, as well as senior officials from Member States attended as special guests. More →
The purpose of Spotlight on ConvEx — jointly organized by the IAEA and the Permanent Mission of Morocco — was to present an overview of the ConvEx-3 exercise that was conducted by the IAEA Incident Emergency Centre (IEC) from 20 to 21 November 2013. The presentation focused on the ConvEx-3 exercise preparations, the simulated scenario, follow-up meetings and reports on the exercise. Findings, lessons learned and conclusions from the exercise were also discussed at this event. More →
The Meeting of the Arab Network of Nuclear Regulators (ANNuR) that took place at IAEA Headquarters provided an overview of ANNuR and its activities for the attending delegates and Member State representatives. Launched in March 2010, ANNuR focuses on enhancing, strengthening and harmonizing the radiation protection, nuclear safety and security regulatory infrastructure and framework among the ANNuR's members. As part of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN), ANNuR's objective — to be carried out partially through the use of an IAEA internet portal within the GNSSN platform — is to facilitate regional cooperation with a focus on capacity building and infrastructure development. It also encourages an exchange of regulatory experiences and practices among the nuclear regulatory bodies in the region. ANNuR serves as a forum for an exchange of ideas to find innovative approaches on issues of common interest. More →
A strong nuclear security culture was the theme of the side event entitled Nuclear Security Culture in Practice. The event focused on issues pertaining to the increased effectiveness of the security of nuclear and radioactive material and associated facilities and activities including transport. During the event, participants were briefed on the IAEA's activities and future plans to support an enhancement of a global nuclear security culture. Examples of practical steps taken by some IAEA Member States to enhance the nuclear security culture at their facilities, including self-assessment trials, were also provided.
Reducing unnecessary diagnostic imaging in medicine through Awareness, Appropriateness and Audit — The IAEA's AAA Approach was the theme of another side event held on 23 September 2014. The event highlighted the Agency's recommended approach to reduce unnecessary diagnostic imaging in medicine. Discussions covered the extent to which the exposure of patients to radiation has increased in recent times. The benefits of diagnostic medical exposures are not in doubt as they contribute greatly to the care and management of patients, but in some countries, the population's dose from medical exposures now rivals that from the natural background. More →
The IAEA Division of Nuclear Installation Safety organized a meeting on Capacity Building Through Education and Training for Nuclear Installation Safety. The meeting provided detailed information on the Division's strategy, framework and associated activities and programmes that assist Member States in developing education and training programmes in this highly specialized field of expertise.
The IAEA Division of Human Resources provided a detailed briefing to delegates during the General Conference side event Briefing on Staffing the Agency: Inviting Commitment, Working for the IAEA. This event presented an update of the work of the Recruitment Unit in the IAEA Division of Human Resources. More →
The side event Medical Management of Radiation Accidents: French and South American Experience and Cooperation gave an overview of ten years of international cooperation with the IAEA in the field of medical management of radiation accidents, under the umbrella of the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency. This meeting gave particular focus to actions undertaken over the past two years to create a capacity building network involving France and South American countries, as well as possible ways forward to expand this network. More →
The second day of the 58th IAEA General Conference witnessed a commemorative event celebrating the 25th anniversary of the African Regional Co-operative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology, commonly referred to with the acronym AFRA. Established in 1990 under the auspices of the IAEA, AFRA is an intergovernmental agreement between the Agency and African Member States to further strengthen and enlarge the contribution of nuclear science and technology to socioeconomic development on the African continent. AFRA seeks to maximize the use of the available infrastructure and expertise in Africa and assists countries to move toward regional self-sufficiency using peaceful applications of nuclear techniques. Based on the social context and the economic goals of its Member States, AFRA works to deepen the commitment of Member States to the application of nuclear science and technology for their socioeconomic development through sustained funding. More → | Photo Gallery →
The Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC) — in the Context of the Global Nuclear Liability Regime side event — featured, among others, keynote speakers from Contracting Parties that provided relevant information on their experience with ratifying and implementing the Convention. CSC is a key international instrument relating to liability and compensation for damage caused by a nuclear accident. It was adopted on 12 September 1997 to modernize and enhance the international legal regime in light of the 1986 Chernobyl accident.
"It was 14 years ago that the Scientific Forum last considered the management of radioactive waste. I thought it important to return to this subject because the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology has grown steadily in that time, as has the amount of radioactive material that needs to be managed safely," Mr. Amano told participants at the opening session of the 2014 Scientific Forum on Radioactive Waste: Meeting the Challenge - Science and Technology for Safe and Sustainable Solutions. The Forum continued with its second session with a focus on radioactive waste and the science and technology available for its safe management. More → | Scientific Forum → | Photo Gallery →
Awards honouring teams of scientists who have helped increase food security by using radiation to breed better crop varieties were presented today by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano. Mutation breeding, which uses radiation to mimic natural plant mutation events, is a well-established method that enables plant breeders to work with farmers to develop variations of rice, barley, sesame and other crops that are higher-yielding and more resistant to disease. The awards were initiated by the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture to celebrate successes achieved so far and promote the development of further sustainable crop varieties. The Joint Division - a strategic partnership between the IAEA and the UN's Food and Agriculture Organization that is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year - supports countries in their use of the method. Press Release →
During the third day of the IAEA General Conference, a side event introduced the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN), and presented the activities and main achievements of the regional networks in 2013-2014. The Plenary meeting also provided information on the activities of the global topical networks as well as the new topics developed in 2013-2014, the development of the International Regulatory Network and the Technical and Scientific Support Organization Forum. The IAEA GNSSN is a key element of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Framework (GNSSF) focused on sharing information and knowledge among the global nuclear community. More → | Photo Gallery →
This Forum, held for the fourth time since 2011 as a General Conference side event, focused on experiences and outlooks for effective construction management of new nuclear power plants. Invited keynote speakers from Argentina, China, France and the USA discussed success factors, lessons learned, potential ways to influence future construction projects and the need for continuous improvements. They shared their experiences about the management of construction projects and stressed the importance of establishing a safety culture and quality assurance systems. They also addressed advanced construction technologies, design and licencing issues, project contract mechanisms and other factors. The IAEA presented activities on national industry involvement and localization in nuclear power plant construction projects. The Nuclear Operator Organizations Cooperation Forum, related to the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, intends to enhance cooperation among nuclear organizations and strengthen the effectiveness of operating organizations. More →
During the side event Managing Organizational Knowledge for Improved Safety and Economics, IAEA Member State nuclear organizations shared their approaches, experiences, challenges and results in managing organizational knowledge. Intended for representatives from both experienced and newcomer countries, this event also showcased the Agency's assistance to Member States in knowledge building, acquisition, transfer, sharing, preservation and utilization. More →
At the side event IAEA Support for Building Nuclear Power Infrastructure: Member States' Experience and Update on the IAEA "Milestones" Revision, speakers from newcomer countries shared their experiences on how to tailor and make best use of the Agency's services to support infrastructure development, and how to coordinate and align the Agency's support with national activities. At this meeting, Agency staff also updated participants on the revision of the widely referenced Agency publication Milestones in the Development of a National Infrastructure for Nuclear Power (IAEA Nuclear Energy Series No. NG-G-3.1). More →
The IAEA General Conference side event Western European Nuclear Regulators Association (WENRA): Celebrating 15 Years of Nuclear Safety Harmonization in Europe, provided an overview of WENRA's achievements in the harmonization of nuclear safety in Europe from 1999 until today. In particular, the event highlighted WENRA's work in the successful elaboration of common safety reference levels (SRL) for existing nuclear power plants (NPPs) and safety objectives for new NPPs in Europe. In particular, the updated SRLs that took into account lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident was presented during the event. The event also focused on the publication of various up-to-date reports in the field of waste and decommissioning. The event started with a presentation and was followed by a panel discussion with WENRA's Chair and Vice-Chairs. More →
At this side event, Alexander Bychkov, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, spoke about innovations in nuclear power and its applications from the strategic point of view of the IAEA. He emphasized that innovations are the future of nuclear power and an important part of the Agency's programme and of Member States' strategies to develop sustainable energy. Agency staff presented a summary of advances in different types of nuclear power reactor technology, such as advanced water cooled reactors, small and medium sized reactors, fast reactors and high temperature gas-cooled reactors. They also discussed reactor technology solutions for cogeneration, and to increase thermal efficiencies of reactors for desalination and hydrogen production. Agency staff also gave an overview of the International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles (INPRO) and focused on two activities: developing global and regional scenarios that would lead to sustainable nuclear energy development through cooperation among countries with different interests and technical capabilities; and collaborative projects on specific technical and institutional innovations, leading to enhanced sustainability of future nuclear energy systems. More →
Uranium is the main commercially available fuel source for nuclear power generation, which provided about 11 per cent of the world’s electricity in 2013. Safety, environmental and social requirements related to uranium mining are rigorous, as management and regulatory practices become more advanced and the search for constant improvement continues. These high standards must still be met even at times of restrained budgets. This challenge was highlighted at a side event during the IAEA 58th General Conference. It also provided the participants with detailed information on the importance of maintaining "best practices" and avoiding complacency in the uranium mining industry, particularly during an economic downturn. More →
The fourth day of the General Conference opens with further national statements delivered in the Plenary session. During the day a number of side events have been scheduled, ranging from contributing to global efforts to reduce child malnutrition and the importance of partnerships in the development of effective and sustainable nutrition programmes, the Agency's role in cancer control, sustainable development, nuclear energy, safety and peaceful nuclear applications. Statements → | Photo Gallery →
Eleven countries have been newly elected to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2014-2015. The election took place today, Thursday, at the plenary session of the IAEA General Conference which continues throughout the week in Vienna. The newly elected Board members are Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Ireland, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Saudi Arabia, Switzerland and The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
For the 2014-15 period, the new composition of the 35-member IAEA Board is: Argentina, Australia, Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, India, Ireland, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, Qatar, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, Slovakia, South Africa, Spain, Sudan, Switzerland, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom, United States of America, Venezuela and Viet Nam. The Board meets Monday, 29 September 2014, to elect its officers.
A report on this year's Scientific Forum, entitled Radioactive Waste — Meeting the Challenge, Science and Technology for Safe and Sustainable Solutions, provided a brief account of discussions over the past two days. The report stressed that IAEA Member States making any use of nuclear technology should start with the end in mind and have plans for ultimate disposal of radioactive waste not just temporary storage. More → | Report →
For the 30th year in a row, senior nuclear regulatory officials from Member States met at the side lines of the IAEA General Conference to exchange information on current regulatory issues and trends among senior government officials. The meeting brings together senior regulatory officials who are policymakers in the field of nuclear, radiation, transport and radioactive waste safety. The day-long programme was divided into two sessions: one on the role of regulatory bodies in strengthening the implementation of defence in depth and the other on regulatory needs and challenges in nuclear security. The Senior Regulators' Meeting is an annual event organized by the Agency during the General Conference. More →
The IAEA General Conference side event on Contributing to Better Nutrition in Children through Partnership and Collaboration was co-hosted by the IAEA Departments of Nuclear Sciences and Applications and Technical Cooperation. At this meeting, participants shared information on how the Agency contributes to global efforts to reduce child malnutrition. It presented information on the use of stable isotopes in nutrition and emphasized the importance of partnerships in the development of effective and sustainable nutrition programmes. More →
Distance Assisted Training Online (DATOL) through Human Health Campus for Nuclear Medicine Professionals was organized jointly by the IAEA Departments of Nuclear Sciences and Applications and Technical Cooperation, at which Member States had the opportunity to learn about DATOL for nuclear medicine professionals, which is now available through the Human Health Campus website. DATOL is suitable for personal study, continuous professional development, formal vocational training and for adoption by universities and colleges. This event was hosted on the margins of the 58th IAEA General Conference. More →
The side event on Particle Radiotherapy for Cancer: Biology and Technology presented recent developments in radiation therapy for cancer using charged particles in particular protons and carbon ions. New developments in the technology of radiation delivery and progress made in the biological aspects of particle radiotherapy were also addressed at this meeting. More →
The challenges faced in the sustained global supply of medical radioisotopes and the efforts undertaken by various stakeholders, including the Agency, to mitigate the supply crisis were highlighted at a side event called Medical Radioisotope Mo-99: Supply Challenges, Crisis Mitigation Efforts and Alternatives. The event was organized by the IAEA Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications with the participation of the IAEA Department of Nuclear Energy. Focus was on the short supply of molybdenum-99 (Mo-99) and the on-going exploration of alternate technologies and products. Invited guest speakers made presentations on the Peaceful Uses Initiative-supported project Supporting the Global Deployment of Mo-99 Production Capacity for Nuclear Medicine Applications Without the Use of HEU; the coordinated research project, Accelerator-based Alternatives to Non-HEU Production of Mo-99/Tc-99m, as well as on positron emission tomography radiopharmaceuticals labelled with fluorine-18 and gallium-68 as alternatives to technetium-99m (Tc-99m) based radiopharmaceuticals; and on the emerging theragnostic approach with a focus on copper-64. More →
For the third consecutive year, European Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering graduates received their certificates from the IAEA Deputy Director General, Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, Alexander Bychkov, and the President of the European Nuclear Education Network (ENEN) Association, Walter Ambrosini. The aim of ENEN is to preserve and further develop expertise in the nuclear fields through higher education and training. To achieve this goal, it collaborates with different universities, research organizations, regulatory bodies, the industry and other organizations. With the help of the IAEA and the European Commission, ENEN is able to provide enhanced nuclear education and training activities to a global network of nuclear engineers and scientists who in turn can guide and impart knowledge to students in order for them to have the necessary skill set and expertise to be professional, analytical, resourceful and inventive nuclear engineers. More →
This side event held during the 58th IAEA General Conference presented a new Regional Strategic Profile for Latin America and the Caribbean and also commemorated the 30th anniversary of the IAEA-ARCAL Agreement.
The side event of the IAEA Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) on Building Partnerships to Fight Cancer in Low- and Middle-income Countries was held on the margins of the 58th IAEA General Conference. This event convened PACT partners from recipient Member States, the UN system, non-governmental organizations and the donor community to showcase the importance of effective partnerships in comprehensive cancer control. The IAEA established PACT in 2004 to fully realize the public health impact obtained through global partnerships in cancer control and technology transfer in radiation medicine. In 2009, the IAEA and the World Health Organization (WHO) established a Joint Programme on Cancer Control. Through PACT, and with the WHO, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) and other cancer-related organizations, the IAEA is supporting a coordinated global response to the needs of low- and middle-income IAEA Member States in the implementation of comprehensive national cancer control programmes. More →
The side event, Nuclear Science and Technology in Managing Carbon - From Ocean Acidification to Climate Change, held during the 58th IAEA General Conference presented recent results of the Agency's work related to monitoring and understanding ocean acidification and the carbon cycle, to the impact of climate change on the energy sector and to the potential contribution of nuclear energy to mitigating climate change. More →
The IAEA 58th General Conference convenes for the fifth and final day today. Member State exhibitions and scheduled side events will continue, while delegates meet in the Committee of the Whole and the Plenary to discuss remaining agenda items. To catch up with stories and developments you may have missed, please refer to the Articles section of this page.
Members of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum (RCF) met to discuss their views on and improvements to the RCF programme as well as their involvement in the RCF objectives. The RCF is a Member State driven organization that fosters State to State regulatory cooperation in nuclear energy with a Secretariat provided by the IAEA. It was formed in 2010 as a mechanism by which Member States embarking on nuclear power programmes can attain efficient regulatory bodies through support from those Member States with established nuclear programmes. More →
The agreement to establish the Internet Reactor Laboratory (IRL) project in Europe was signed between the IAEA and the Commissariat à l'énergie Atomique et aux Energies Alternatives (CEA) at the IAEA General Conference side event entitled Signing Ceremony of the Internet Reactor Laboratory Project. IRL is one of the most ambitious IAEA projects to help develop nuclear capacity building and educate younger generations in nuclear on reactor principles The project is being implemented among several Member States which are increasingly showing interest in using research reactors as a tool for education and training. The project puts a simple communication concept into practice by using the advantage of modern technology and connectivity. A host reactor in a Member State performs reactor experiments which are consequently transmitted via the internet to university classrooms in other Member States. Thanks to the IRL, these universities are able to include virtual laboratory experiments on research reactors, which can complement and enrich their traditional curriculum on nuclear physics, reactor physics, nuclear engineering and/or other related fields. More →
The 58th annual session of the IAEA General Conference concluded on 26 September in Vienna. More than 3000 delegates from 162 Member States, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the media attended the event held at IAEA headquarters in Vienna from 22 to 26 September 2014. The full texts of adopted resolutions will be posted in due course on the IAEA website. More →