IAEA 59th General Conference

Conference Highlights: Friday, 18 September 2015

Key Resolutions Adopted as IAEA General Conference Draws to a Close

At its concluding session today, the IAEA General Conference adopted resolutions further strengthening the IAEA’s work in the areas of nuclear science and technology, safety, security, safeguards and technical cooperation. Delegates also approved the IAEA’s budget for 2016-2017. Read more →

Strengthening Management Systems and Coordinating Support to Countries Introducing Nuclear Power Highlighted at Regulatory Cooperation Forum

Ensuring that nuclear power plant operators have robust management systems covering all aspects of their operations is a key step in enhancing nuclear safety, heard attendees of the sixth plenary meeting of the Regulatory Cooperation Forum, held today on the margins of the IAEA 59th General Conference. Read more →

General Conference Moves into Final Day

The IAEA 59th General Conference convenes for the fifth and final day today. Member State exhibitions and remaining scheduled side events will continue.  Throughout the day, delegates will meet in the Committee of the Whole and the Plenary to discuss remaining agenda items and deliberate on the remainng tabled resolutions. To view all statements that have been delievered so far, please click here; to catch up with stories you may have missed, please refer to the News section of this site.   Day 5 Meetings Schedule → |  Day 4  

Conference Highlights: Thursday, 17 September 2015

Day 4 Highlights

A summary of the highlights from the plenary during fourth day of the 59th IAEA General Conference, as well as information on side events that took place. Read more →

Telemedicine Helps to Improve Access to Radiation Medicine

Advances in communication technology provide opportunities to offer radiation medicine services to many who live too far from quality treatment centres or do not have the means to use one. Whether performing check ups over the Internet, or having a consultation with professionals from abroad, health care providers are making increasing use of these new tools to increase access to radiation medicine. Read more →

Nuclear Got Talent: Medical Radioisotope Video Wins ‘Nuclear Olympiad’

Amidst a week of high level events with ministers, ambassadors and other diplomats filling the corridors of the IAEA, young people took centre stage yesterday to emphasize the importance of investing in the next generation in the nuclear field. From a heart-warming story demonstrating the life-saving capabilities of medical radioisotopes, to fresh perspectives on nuclear technology for sustainable energy, students’ presentations inspired the audience at the IAEA’s 59th General Conference. Read more →

Radiation Medicine in Cancer: Improving Patient Care

Despite rapid technological advances in treatment, cancer still remains one of the leading causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. More than 60% of the world’s total new annual cases occur in Africa, Asia and Central and South America. These regions account for 70% of the world’s cancer deaths. Read more →

New Members Elected to IAEA Board of Governors

Eleven countries have been newly elected to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2015-2017. 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 Belarus, Ghana, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Namibia, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines,  Spain, Turkey and Uruguay.

For the 2015-2016 period, the new composition of the 35-member IAEA Board is: Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, China, Egypt, Finland, France, Germany, Ghana, India, Ireland, Japan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Malaysia, Mexico, Namibia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Pakistan, Paraguay, Philippines, Russian Federation, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, The Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States of America, and Uruguay. The Board meets Monday, 21 September, to elect its officers.

Conference Moves into Fourth Day

More than two-thirds of delegations have delivered their statements in the General Debate as the IAEA General Confernece moves into its fourth day. A number of key side events are also scheduled to take pace today, including one on the recently published IAEA report on the Fukushima Daiichi Accident and a Nuclear Olympiad and developing a youth talent pipeline.  Delegates'  Statements → | Today's Meetings Schedule → | Photo Gallery  

Conference Highlights: Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Day 3 Highlights

A summary of the highlights from the second day of the 59th IAEA General Conference, including the plenary session, as well as information on side events that took place. Read more →

Atoms in Industry: Rays of Hope for Development

Radiation technology has the potential to boost industrial development, improving productivity in a cost-effective and environmentally-sound way, was the conclusion of this year’s Scientific Forum. Read more →

Reducing Cancer Deaths by a Third in 15 Years: How the IAEA can Help

The IAEA can play an important role in assisting countries to meet an ambitious new  target of reducing cancer-related deaths by a third in the next 15 years, Director General Yukiya Amano said in a panel discussion on global cancer control at IAEA headquarters. Read more

Connecting to Meet the Objectives of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Framework

Building and maintaining the necessary human capacity to safely, securely and sustainably operate and regulate nuclear programmes are two critical components for the current and future growth of nuclear energy. Read more→

Russia’s MEPhI University Joins IAEA-Endorsed Postgraduate Programme in Nuclear Management

At the sidelines of the 59th IAEA General Conference last week, Mikhail Strikhanov, Rector of MEPhI, and Nikolay Geraskin Head of the Nuclear Reactor Department at MEPhI signed an agreement making MEPhI an official member of the IAEA’s INMA framework. Read more →

IAEA Launches Self-Assessment Tool for Emergency Preparedness

A new web-based tool launched yesterday by the IAEA enables Member States to assess their preparedness for nuclear and radiological emergencies and share their information with other countries. The Emergency Preparedness and Response Information Management System (EPRIMS) provides a comprehensive analysis of countries’ emergency preparedness arrangements and identifies areas for improvement. Read more →

Managing Soils for Climate-Smart Agriculture: Celebrating the International Year of Soils

Nuclear techniques are making a significant contribution to climate-smart agriculture, by helping to combat soil erosion, improve soil fertility, crop water use efficiency and crop yields, said speakers at an IAEA General Conference side event, in celebration of the 2015 International Year of Soils. Read more →

IAEA Event Features Deep Geological Disposal of High Level Waste and Spent Nuclear Fuel

The scientific and technical basis for safe geological disposal of high level waste and spent nuclear fuel has been well established in several national programmes, speakers at an IAEA General Conference side event said today. Read more →

Industry Leaders Highlight Key Challenges in Nuclear Power Generation in the Next Decade

New strategies, tools and resilient organizations are needed to address the challenges that nuclear electricity generation will face in the next ten years, industry leaders agreed at an IAEA event today. Read more →

From Career Opportunities to Mentors: How to Increase the Role of Women in the Nuclear Sector

The nuclear sector lacks female professionals and managers, and only through offering appealing career paths and strong mentoring will the sector attract more women. Read more →

Small Modular Reactors Offer Option for Near-Term Nuclear Power Deployment

Small Modular Reactor (SMR) designs and technologies that are under development in many Member States offer an option for enhancing security of energy supply in both expanding and embarking countries, an IAEA meeting heard today. Read more →

Africa’s Energy Needs and the Potential Role of Nuclear Power

An increasing number of developing countries, including in Africa, are interested in adding nuclear power in their energy mix, the audience of an IAEA side event to the 59th IAEA General Conference heard today. Read more →

Towards Optimal Cancer Treatment: IAEA Launches New Smartphone App for Cancer Staging

Identifying the stage of cancer quickly and accurately will become easier for health care professionals in developing countries, thanks to an IAEA-developed smartphone app launched today. Read more →

Scientific Forum Continues for a Second Day

"Cutting-edge industrial technologies underpin the success of strong economies, in developed and developing countries alike. Nuclear science and technology, in particular, can make a major contribution to economic growthand have an important role to play in support of sustainable development," Director General Amano told participants at the opening session of this year's Scientific Forum on Atoms for Industry - Radiation Technology for Development. The Forum continues on its second day today with sessions on safety and quality, non-destructive testing and on a range of new developments and innovative applications of radiation technology in the areas of health, food and agriculture, as well as cultural heritage. Read story → | Read programme → | View Photo Gallery →

Conference Highlights: Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Day 2 Highlights

A summary of the highlights from the second day of the 59th IAEA General Conference, including the plenary session, as well as information on side events that took place. Read more 

A Practical Approach to Ensuring the Security of Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material in Transport

The movement of nuclear and other radioactive material from one facility to another can be a challenging and vulnerable activity. Read more

The Role of Nuclear Technology in the Post-2015 Development Agenda

Nuclear science and technology have made key contributions to development over the last few decades, and the IAEA is prepared to support emerging United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its Technical Cooperation Programme. This was the conclusion of a side event held during the IAEA’s 59th General Conference, with speakers from both the IAEA and the wider development community emphasizing the role for the peaceful use of nuclear technology in a wide range of areas. Read more

The Status of Nuclear Fusion Research and the Role of the IAEA

Scientists are becoming increasingly excited about the prospects that within the foreseeable future a reactor can replicate the Sun’s energy source on Earth through scientific and technological innovation of a scale previously unimagined. During the annual IAEA General Conference, a side event on nuclear fusion technology was held to discuss latest advances in research and development in fusion technology. Read more

Botswana Ratifies Key Nuclear Security Amendment

Botswana’s ratification today of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) brings the Amendment a step closer to entry into force. Read more

Scientific Forum on Atoms in Industry - Radiation Technology for Development

The IAEA's Scientific Forum on Atoms in Industry - Radiation Technology for Developments opens today in Board Room D of the Vienna International Centre (VIC), the venue of the General Conference. The two-day forum will focus on how radiation technologies contribute to many aspects of daily life through their application in industry, bringing socio-economic, health, safety and environmental benefits. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano made an opening statement. Read full statement | Read story

Enhancing Effective Nuclear Verification: Upgrading IAEA Safeguards Capabilities

Significant progress has been made in modernizing the IAEA’s safeguards technical capabilities, said IAEA experts today at an event held on the margins of the Agency’s 59th General Conference. Read more

IAEA Video: Radiation Technologies in Daily Life

Conference Highlights: Monday, 14 September 2015

Day 1 Highlights

A summary of the highlights from the opening day of the 59th IAEA General Conference, including key decisions from the plenary, as well as information on side events that took place. Read more 

Construction of New IAEA Laboratories to Start

Preparation for the construction of new IAEA nuclear science laboratories near the Austrian town of Seibersdorf has started, Director General Yukiya Amano announced today. The Insect Pest Control Laboratory will be the first of two nuclear applications (NA) laboratory buildings s scheduled for construction under the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories (ReNuAL) project. IAEA laboratories have operated on the site since 1962. Read more

Strengthening Radiation Protection in Medical Applications

Limiting potential overexposure to ionizing radiation during medical procedures and strengthening patient protection were on top of the agenda at an IAEA General Conference side event that discussed the latest trends and best practices in radiation protection in the medical field. Read more

French Nuclear Research Reactors to Become International Training and R&D Hubs Under IAEA Label

Research centres of the French Alternative Energies and Atomic Energy Commission (CEA) will make their research reactors and other facilities available to institutions from IAEA Member States for education, and joint research and development (R&D) projects, Daniel Verwaerde, CEA’s General Administrator announced today. Read more

IAEA Director General Addresses General Conference

IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano stressed the importance of science and technology for development in a statement today to delegates attending the IAEA’s 59th General Conference in Vienna this week. Read full statement | Read story

Conference Elects Ambassador Filippo Formica of Italy as President

The General Conference elected Ambassador Filippo Formica of Italy as President of the 59th IAEA General Conference.  Ambassador Formica is Italy's Permanent Representative to the IAEA and other International Organizations in Vienna. Read his curriculm vitae...

New IAEA Member States

At this morning's opening session, the General Conference approved the applications of TurkmenistanBarbados and Antigua and Barbuda for membership in the IAEA. Membership will take effect once the appropriate legal instruments are deposited with the Agency.

Message from UN Secretary General

At the opening of the 59th IAEA General Conference, a message from the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon, was played via video feed to the attending delegations.

IAEA 59th Annual General Conference Opens

The IAEA’s week-long annual meeting gathers representatives from the IAEA's Member States, including several ministers, to consider and decide on key elements of the Agency’s work, budget and priorities. Additionally, several dozen events — including a Scientific Forum — await delegates and high ranking governmental representatives. Read more...

Pre-Conference Information

Registration

Registration is open as of 14 August 2015 for designated representatives from IAEA Member States and invited non-Member States and organizations. Registration should be completed at the latest by 8 September 2015.

Journalists must register through the IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication (OPIC) Press Office.

Documents

The Provisional Agenda and a list of documents for the General Conference are posted as they become available.

 

Exhibitions

Member States wishing to take part in the exhibition programme being organized within the framework of the 59th regular session of the IAEA General Conference in September 2015 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 using the General Conference Exhibition Request Form [closed]. The deadline for submissions is 15 June 2015.

When planning their exhibition, Member States are kindly reminded that they should adhere to the Guidelines for Exhibitions at 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 will be assigned by the IAEA on a first-come, first-served and rotational basis, as per the usual practice. Therefore, no specific spot can be automatically reserved by the same Member State every year. Due to increased demand and safety restrictions (in particular the Rotunda) the maximum space that can be offered for each Member State's exhibition is of 12m2.

Additional information may be obtained from the Infrastructure Committee or the Exhibitions Contact Point at the Conference Services Section (MTCD/CSS).

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 Committe 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.       

INSAG Forum

The INSAG Forum 2015 will provide insights from INSAG and other experts on the issues associated with the potential of external events such as earthquakes, tsunamis and hurricanes to impact the safe operation of a nuclear power plant. Presentations will be made by invited experts to inform the audience and to stimulate discussion. The floor will then be opened to the audience for discussion.

The Forum will be conducted as a roundtable discussion of invited panellists, with suitable time available for audience participation. The Forum will take place on Monday, 14 September 2015, from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in the C building, seventh floor, Conference Room C3.

 

Live Video Streaming

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, 15 September 2015. Links to the video streaming service will be provided on the opening day.

Participants at the General Conference

A provisional list of participants for the General Conference is now available.

Renting of Delegation Offices at Austria Center Vienna (ACV)

To rent delegation offices at the ACV, please contact Ms. Lisa Herzlinger or call [+43] 676 319 9524.

Scientific Forum

A Scientific Forum will be held in conjunction with the 59th General Conference - entitled Atoms in Industry - Radiation Technology for Development - from 15 to 16 September 2015. View Conference pageRead more →

Senior Regulators' Meeting

The Senior Regulators' Meeting will be held on Wednesday, 16 September 2015 afternoon and on Thursday, 17 September 2015 afternoon, during the week of the 59th IAEA General Conference. The provisional programme has been prepared and circulated to interested Member States. More →

Side Events

In light of the increasing number of side events organized on the margins of the General Conference, and given the limited number of meeting space available within the Vienna International Centre (VIC), it has become necessary to issue the present guidelines with the view to streamlining the submission, processing and approval of side events requests received from Member States.

Requests for side events should be submitted to the relevant departments by completing this form [closed].

The List of Approved Side Events is now available.

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

Visits Organized in Conjunction with the Conference

Registration for all side visits should be made at the Information Desk, M building entrance, ground floor.