Conference Highlights: Friday, 30 September 2016
General Conference Day 5 Highlights
Important Resolutions Adopted: 60th IAEA General Conference Concludes
Delegates adopted key resolutions to further strengthen the IAEA's work in nuclear science and technology, safety, security, safeguards and technical cooperation at the final session of the 60th General Conference today. The resolutions and decisions adopted by the General Conference will guide the IAEA’s implementation of activities for the coming year. Read more →
Making Nuclear More Effective in Support of Sustainable Development: Conclusions of the 2016 Scientific Forum
Nuclear technology can help countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), and its effects will be more tangible if integrated into broader development strategies. This was the key message of this year's Scientific Forum, 'Nuclear Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals'. Read more → | Photo Gallery: Opening Session → | Photo Gallery: Cosing Session →
IAEA Concludes Agreements to Boost Radiation Safety
The IAEA signed two cooperative agreements to strengthen radiation safety and monitoring with organisations based in Argentina and the United States. Radiation safety aims to protect the public and environment from the harmful effects of ionizing radiation, which has many beneficial uses, including in medicine, science and industry. Read more →
Inspiring Tomorrow's Scientists: The IAEA Presents a New Nuclear Science and Technology Educational Resource Package For Secondary Schools
Tomorrow's scientists are today's students, and how can we inspire the next generation to choose science as a career? That's the question that a new educational resource package developed by the IAEA in partnership with education and communication experts from around the world aims to answer. Read more →
New Members Elected to IAEA Board of Governors
11 countries have been newly elected to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2016-2018. The election took place today, Friday, at the plenary session of the 60th IAEA General Conference. The newly elected Board members are Algeria, Argentina, Costa Rica, Côte d’Ivoire, Denmark, the Netherlands, Peru, Qatar, Singapore, Slovenia and the United Arab Emirates.
For 2016-2017 the new composition of the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors is as follows: 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. The Board meets on Monday, 3 October, to elect its officers.
New App Allows Physicians to Better Treat Cardiovascular Disease
A new web app designed to help medical practitioners better treat cardiovascular diseases was launched today at the IAEA’s General Conference. The app, which is available for both iPhone and Android devices, targets both referring physicians and cardiologists. It was launched at a side event called 'The Role of Nuclear Techniques in the Management of Patients with Cardiovascular Disease.' Read more →
General Conference Moves into Final Day
The IAEA 60th 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 → | Photo Gallery →
Conference Highlights: Thursday, 29 September 2016
General Conference Day 4 Highlights
Regional/Cooperative Agreements Support Enhanced Inter-Agreement Collaboration And Establish New Quadripartite Forum
A Quadripartite Meeting between the four Regional/Cooperative Agreements AFRA, ARASIA, ARCAL and RCA has taken place on 29 September 2016, on the margins of the 60th regular session of the IAEA General Conference. The Regional and Cooperative Agreements promote and strengthen the application of nuclear technology for regional development. Read more →
Designing and Evaluating Interventions to Reduce Obesity and Related Health Risks in Africa: How Nuclear Techniques Can Help
Obesity is the new 'silent killer in Africa. Rapid changes in dietary habits, lifestyle, and lack of physical activity have led to rising rates of obesity, diabetes, hypertension and high blood pressure in African countries. More than one-third of African women (38.6%) and about a quarter of African men (22.9%) are estimated to be overweight (2014). The number of overweight children under 5 in Africa has increased by more than 50% since 2000. Read more →
Costa Rica Signs a Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2017-2023
Ms Carolina Vásquez Soto, Vice Minister of Science and Technology, and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Costa Rica’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2017-2023 on 29 September 2016. The signing ceremony was also attended by Ms Pilar Saborío de Rocafort, Resident Representative of Costa Rica to the IAEA. Read more →
IAEA Shares New Safety Guidelines with Member States
The IAEA shared with Member State representatives its revised guidelines on Operational Safety Review Missions (OSARTs) at an event on the sidelines of its 60th General Conference today. The revised guidelines include 15 operational safety review themes and reflect lessons learned from the 2011 accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant. Read more →
Scientific Forum Continues for a Second Day
"When world leaders adopted the Sustainable Development Goals last year, they explicitly recognized - for the first time - that science, technology and innovation are essential for development," Director General Amano told participants at the opening session of this year's Scientific Forum on Nuclear Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The Forum continues on its second day today with sessions, providing scientific and technical details on how nuclear technology can play a significant role in the achievement of many of the SDGs, especially in the fields of health, food security, energy and the environment. Read story → | Scientific Forum → | Programme → | Photo Gallery →
Conference Highlights: Wednesday, 28 September 2016
General Conference Day 3 Highlights
Technical Cooperation in Africa: What Works and How to Improve
In the last 10 years, the IAEA’s support to Africa has led to tangible improvements in human health, water resource management, industrial applications and human resource development. To make the most of the IAEA’s assistance, African countries should strengthen regional cooperation to share knowledge, expertise and facilities and join forces to apply for funding from international partners for follow-up work. Read more →
Investing in Cancer Care Saves Lives and Strengthens Economies in Developing World
A radical increase in spending on cancer control is essential if the international community is to meet the United Nations sustainable development target of reducing cancer-related deaths by a third in 15 years. This requires cooperation between national governments, international organizations and development partners. This was the conclusion of a panel discussion entitled ‘Assisting Low- and Middle Income Countries to Optimize Investments in Radiation Medicine’ yesterday during the IAEA 60th General Conference. Read more →
Prompt Detection and Treatment: New United Nations Joint Global Programme to Prevent Cervical Cancer
In 2012, over 260 000 women worldwide died of cervical cancer - equivalent of one woman dying every two minutes. Over 90% of these deaths occurred in developing countries. Cervical cancer for women can potentially be prevented by vaccination against the human papilloma virus (HPV) and detected early by screening. Furthermore, cervical cancer is a potentially curable cancer that in too many cases is discovered too late to prevent morbidity or death. Read more →
Global Network Paves Way for Enhanced Nuclear Safety and Security
Member States shared their experiences with implementing IAEA peer review missions in nuclear safety and security at a plenary meeting of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN) today. Peer review missions by an IAEA-led team of international experts assist Member States in enhancing their nuclear safety and security by providing recommendations and suggestions for improvement. Read more →
A Balanced Approach to Radiotherapy: Integrating Cobalt-60 Machines and Linear Accelerators Treatment
Thanks to recent advances in technology, health authorities are able to select from among a variety of radiotherapy technologies. An IAEA General Conference side event held today provided guidance on the most important factors to be considered when deciding on the type of radiotherapy equipment to invest in for cancer treatment. Read more →
Ghana Signs its Third Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2017 - 2021
Dr. Kwaku Aning, Governor of Ghana, IAEA Board of Governors and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed the Ghana Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2017 - 2021 on 28 September 2016. Read more →
IT Upgrades Strengthen Nuclear Safeguards Worldwide
More efficient nuclear safeguards is one of the benefits of the IAEA's Modernization of the Safeguards Information Technology (MOSAIC) project. For the first time, this year's edition of the annual Safeguards Implementation Report was prepared using the new integrated system developed under MOSAIC. Read more →
IAEA Database Highlights Global Disparity in Access to Cancer Care
Most radiotherapy facilities in the world are located in high-income countries, and at least 36 nations do not have any such equipment to treat cancer. These are some conclusions drawn from data in the revamped Directory of Radiotherapy Centres (DIRAC), launched today on the margins of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference. Read more →
Oman Signs its Second Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2018-2023
HE Mr. Badr Mohamed Zaher Al Hinai, Resident Representative, Permanent Mission of Oman to the IAEA, and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Oman’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2018-2023 on 28 September 2016. Read more →
Science With Impact: Sustainable Development Through Nuclear Technology
When the new Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) were adopted in September 2015 at the United Nations in New York, they highlighted the importance of science and technology. The IAEA, through nuclear science, plays a significant role in the achievement of many of these goals. This new film takes the viewer from the laboratory to the field, where the far-reaching benefits of nuclear technology can be seen. Watch video →
Nuclear Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals
The IAEA's Scientific Forum on Nuclear Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals opened today. Highlighting the goals related to health, hunger, energy and the environment, the two-day forum will focus on how nuclear technology contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), contributing to the well-being of people, help protect the planet and boost prosperity. IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano delivered an opening statement. Full statement → | Scientific Forum → | Photo Gallery →
Atoms for People, Planet and Prosperity: Scientific Forum Opens
Conference Highlights: Tuesday, 27 September 2016
General Conference Day 2 Highlights
Education, Leadership and Support are Key to Attracting More Women to Nuclear
Women play an increasingly important role in the nuclear field as scientists, engineers and managers, but there is still a long way to go to achieve equal representation. Panellists discussed this challenge and possible solutions at the IAEA’s fourth ‘Women in All Things Nuclear’ event, held on 27 September in the margins of the 60th General Conference. Read more → | Photo Gallery →
Exchanging Views on the Implementation of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and its Amendment
How can we ensure effective implementation of the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and its Amendment, which entered into force on 8 May this year, and facilitate universal adherence to this key nuclear security agreement? This was the focus of discussion between Member States representatives and IAEA experts today at the IAEA General Conference's Treaty Event. Read more → | Photo Gallery →
Industry Leaders Discuss Economic Sustainability, Future of Nuclear Energy
In order for nuclear power to remain sustainable and economically competitive, it is important that operators win and maintain public confidence by paying careful attention to costs and to the management of radioactive waste, industry leaders agreed at an IAEA event today. Read more →
Online Reactor Experiment Demonstrates Learning Tools to Boost R&D in Nuclear Science
A live research reactor experiment at the 60th IAEA General Conference demonstrated the effectiveness of an internet-based IAEA learning tool several countries now use to train nuclear engineering and physics students. Displayed at the side event on 'Nuclear Capacity Building and Efficient Training Delivery', the experiment was one of several presentations exemplifying the role and impact of IAEA learning tools and programmes in helping countries meet their development goals using nuclear science and technology. Read more →
Boron Neutron Capture Therapy Back in Limelight After Successful Trials
A cancer treatment involving irradiated boron isotopes has been explored as a therapeutic option for several decades but with very little clinical success. But thanks to recent advances in technology, it is now seeing renewed interest after successful clinical trials to treat certain types of cancer, namely melanoma of the skin, parotid cancer and head and neck cancer. Read more →
Highlighting the Results and Enhancing the Sustainability of the ARASIA Programme
The Cooperative Agreement for Arab States in Asia for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology (ARASIA) has been working for over the last fourteen years to foster the peaceful use of nuclear technology in ARASIA States Parties. In its continued efforts to enhance effective management of ARASIA projects, and to ensure the application of the results based approach for the ARASIA technical cooperation programme, the meeting of the Board of Representatives for the Cooperative Agreement was held on the margins of the 60th meeting of the IAEA General Conference. Read more →
Cleaning Up a Toxic Legacy: Environmental Remediation of Former Uranium Production Sites
Nearly 60 abandoned uranium production sites dot the landscape and represent a hazard to the environment and inhabitants throughout rural Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Each site poses a challenge for local and national governments that lack technical expertise and resources for remediation. Supporting Member States with environmental remediation and decommissioning of nuclear facilities is an important part of the IAEA's work. Read more →
IAEA Curricula for Nuclear Medicine Professionals, Improving Nuclear Medicine Worldwide
Demand for expertise in nuclear medicine and related sciences is increasing steadily as nuclear medicine applications expand and technology advances. Competent, well trained and properly qualified human resources are vital to sustaining safe and efficient nuclear medicine. The IAEA Curricula for Nuclear Medicine Professionals (ICNMP), developed to address the training needs of these professionals, was presented during the 60th General Conference at a side event titled ‘ICNMP: Elevating Learning through Innovative Strategies’. Read more →
Estonia Signs its Third Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2016-2021
Mr Meelis Münt, Deputy Secretary General of the Ministry of the Environment, and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Estonia's Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2016 - 2021 on 27 September 2016. Read more →
New Mobile App to Help Doctors Evaluate Cancer in Women
Optimizing cancer care for women is the aim of a new mobile app designed to help doctors more quickly and accurately evaluate the extent of cancer in female reproductive organs and select the appropriate treatment. Presented today at a side event held at the 60th IAEA General Conference, the app is available for use on iPhone and Android devices. Read more →
The Right Education for a Sustainable Industry: INMA Prepares Professionals in Nuclear Technology Management
Three years after its launch in 2013, the IAEA’s International Nuclear Management Academy (INMA) initiative, a collaboration framework for universities, is making headway in its quest to provide future professionals with the proper education and skills necessary to lead the nuclear sector. In an event on the side-lines of the IAEA’s 60th General Conference, IAEA experts and stakeholders from both academia and industry shared the latest on their work under INMA. Read more →
Conference Adopts Agenda
At its second plenary session yesterday, the IAEA General Conference adopted its Agenda, allocating items for discussion among Conference bodies. Agenda →
Conference Highlights: Monday, 26 September 2016
General Conference Day 1 Highlights
New IAEA Laboratories to Help Member States Achieve Sustainable Development Goals
Construction of new IAEA laboratory buildings, now underway and scheduled for completion in the next two years, will increase the Agency’s ability to respond to Member State requests including to support their endeavours to meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Read more → | Photo Gallery →
Niger Signs a Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2016-2021
HE Mr Ibrahim Yacoubou, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Cooperation, African Integration and Nigeriens Abroad, signed Niger's Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2016-2021 on 26 September 2016. Mr Shaukat Abdulrazak, Director of the Division for Africa, Department of Technical Cooperation, welcomed the delegation on behalf of Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation. Read more →
Enhancing Emergency Preparedness and Response Through Effective Cooperation and Information Exchange
Enhanced communication systems are a cornerstone of the international cooperation that is essential for an effective response in the case of nuclear or radiological emergencies. This was highlighted at the IAEA General Conference side event on International and Regional Efforts to Enhance Emergency Preparedness and Response (EPR) organized in collaboration with the European Commission (EC) today. Read more →
Russian Nuclear Research Reactor to Become International R&D Hub under IAEA Label
The Russian Research Institute of Atomic Reactors State Scientific Centre will make its research reactors and other facilities available to IAEA Member States for joint research and development (R&D) projects, Sergey Kirienko, Chief Executive Officer of ROSATOM announced today. Read more →
China Signs a Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2016-2021
During a courtesy visit with the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, Mr Lixin Shen, Deputy Director General, Department of System Engineering, China Atomic Energy Authority, and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed China’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2016-2021 on 26 September 2016. Read more →
International Physical Protection Advisory Service: Twenty Years of Achievement
IAEA nuclear security experts together with representatives of Member States highlighted the accomplishments of the International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) in helping States strengthen their nuclear security over the last 20 years at an event on the margins of the 60th IAEA General Conference today. Read more →
Member States’ Commitment to Treaties Strengthens Nuclear Safety and Security Globally
IAEA Director General Hails Significant Achievements in Peaceful Nuclear Science over Six Decades as 60th General Conference Opens
The IAEA has made a significant contribution to international peace and security in the past 60 years, while improving the well-being and prosperity of nations through the use of peaceful nuclear technology, Director General Yukiya Amano said in Vienna today. Full statement → | Read story → | Photo Gallery →
Conference Elects Ambassador Dato’ Adnan Othman of Malaysia as President
The General Conference elected Dato’ Adnan Othman of Malaysia as President of the 60th IAEA General Conference. Ambassador Othman is Malaysia's Permanent Representative to the IAEA and other International Organizations in Vienna. Read his Curriculm Vitae
Message From United Nations Secretary-General
At the opening of the 60th IAEA General Conference, Yury Fedotov, Director General of the United Nations Office at Vienna (UNOV), delivered a message from the United Nations Secretary-General, Ban Ki-Moon. Full statement →
New IAEA Member States
At its morning opening session, the 60th IAEA General Conference approved the applications of Saint Lucia, the Islamic Republic of the Gambia; and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines for membership in the IAEA. Membership will take effect once the appropriate legal instruments are deposited with the Agency.
60th IAEA General Conference Opens on Monday
The 60th General Conference of the IAEA commences on 26 September at the Agency's headquarters in Vienna, Austria. At the week-long meeting, IAEA Member States will deliberate on the Agency's work in the previous year, set priorities and review budgetary matters. Read more →
Registration is open as of 22 August 2016 for designated representatives from IAEA Member States and invited non-Member States and organizations. Registration should be completed at the latest by 20 September 2016.
Journalists must register through the IAEA Office of Public Information and Communication (OPIC) Press Office.
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.
Greening the General Conference
The 60th 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: a 10% discount for a 5-day ticket has been arranged for participants.
Advance Information for Delegations
Information about the General Conference, as well as other events organized in conjunction with the Conference's Session is available here.
Member States wishing to take part in the exhibition programme being organized within the framework of the 60th regular session of the IAEA General Conference in September 2016 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. The deadline for submissions was 31 May 2016.
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.
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.
The updated List of Approved Side Events is available here.
A Scientific Forum will be held in conjunction with the 60th General Conference - entitled Nuclear Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals - from 28 to 29 September 2016. More →
The 2016 Forum of the International Nuclear Safety Group (INSAG) will provide insights from INSAG and other experts on the issues associated with institutional strength in depth and its impacts on the safe operation of a nuclear installation. 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 panelists, with suitable time available for audience participation. The Forum will take place on Monday, 26 September 2016, from 2.00 p.m. to 4.00 p.m. in Conference Room C3, C building, seventh floor.
Senior Regulators' Meeting
The meeting for senior regulatory officials who are policymakers in the field of nuclear, radiation, transport and radioactive waste safety and nuclear security will take place on Thursday, 29 September 2016, from 9.00 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. in Conference Room C3, C building, seventh floor. The provisional programme of has been prepared and is already available here. More →
Technical Cooperation, Bilateral Meetings
A list of Technical Cooperation Bilateral Meetings is available here.
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 Wednesday, 28 September 2016. Links to the video streaming service will be provided on the opening day. More →
Participants at the General Conference
A provisional list of participants for the General Conference is now available.
IAEA to Host its 60th General Conference
As the IAEA prepares for the opening of its General Conference, Janice Dunn Lee, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Management, speaks about the Agency's biggest event of the year.