Pre Conference Information
Interview with Conference President Antonio Guerreiro
17 June 2011 | The Resident Representative of Brazil to the IAEA and Governor for Brazil on the IAEA's Board of Governors, Antonio Guerreiro, is the President of the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. The Ambassador was asked by IAEA Director General, Yukiya Amano, to preside over the preparation of the conference and coordinate consultations with IAEA Member States to prepare for the event.
Strengthening Global Nuclear Safety
16 June 2011 | On Monday, 20 June 2011, the IAEA convenes a five-day Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, following the 11 March 2011 nuclear accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan, caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, to learn lessons from the accident and to strengthen nuclear safety throughout the world. Story → :: Media Advisory →
Nuclear Safety: Frequently Asked Questions
16 June 2011 | Who is responsible for nuclear safety and how does the international community ensure it? These questions are presented in this concise FAQ.
General information about the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, as well as other organizational matters in conjunction with the Conference is available here →.
Registration is open is open only to governments of Member States of the IAEA and invited international organizations. If you qualify, please use the link provided. Journalists must register through the Press Office, IAEA Division of Public Information.
What Are IAEA Standards?
IAEA safety standards provide a system of fundamental safety principles, safety requirements and safety guides for ensuring safety. They reflect international consensus on what constitutes a high level of safety for protecting people and the environment from harmful effects of ionizing radiation. Brochure →
Conference Highlights: Monday, 20 June 2011
Nuclear Safety Conference Opens in Vienna
A five-day Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, convened by the IAEA in Vienna commenced on Monday, 20 June 2011. In the wake of the 11 March 2011 nuclear accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan that was caused by the Great East Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, the Conference was called to identify the lessons learned from the accident and to strengthen nuclear safety throughout the world. Story → :: Media Advisory → :: Photo Gallery →
Director General Amano Addresses Conference
Director General Yukiya Amano addressed the opening of the five-day Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, laying out his vision for the future of global nuclear safety and the IAEA's role in that future. Story → :: Director General Statement → :: Video → :: Audio →
Conference President Antonio Guerreiro Addresses Conference
Conference President Antonio Guerreiro addressed the five-day Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, and stated that, "it is incumbent on all of us to take stock of the Fukushima Daiichi accident and to learn the lessons it teaches us as we strive to enhance nuclear safety worldwide." Story → :: President Statement → :: Video →
UN Secretary General's Message to Conference
In a message to the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said, "To the people of Japan, I offer my deepest sympathies as well as my pledge to do all I can to ensure that no such tragedy ever happens again at a nuclear facility" and "I look forward to the Agency's development of concrete proposals, including for strengtehning cooperation among international organizations." UN Secretary General Statement →
Conference Adopts Declaration on Nuclear Safety
The Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety adopted the Declaration on Nuclear Safety by acclamation. Declaration →
Ministers' Declaration Envisions Strengthened Nuclear Safety Regime
The first day of the five-day Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety concluded with the adoption of a declaration by IAEA Member States. The declaration called for a number of improvements to global nuclear safety, while stressing the need to receive from Japan and the IAEA a comprehensive and fully transparent assessment of the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station accident to be able to act upon the lessons learned, including a review of the relevant IAEA safety standards, in particular those pertaining to multiple severe hazards. Story → :: Photo Gallery →
Conference Highlights: Tuesday, 21 June 2011
Ministerial Conference Resumes Second Day Sessions
The second day of plenary sessions for the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety resumes with statements from the delegates of Chile and Malaysia. Statements from IAEA Member States will be delivered throughout the day in the Plenary Hall. In the afternoon, Working Session 2 on Emergency Preparedness and Response, will open at the M-Building at 3 p.m., and will be chaired by the Director of the Philippine Nuclear Research Institute, A. de la Rosa. The IAEA Twitter feed has ongoing updates of the Conference. Photo Gallery →
Interview with Team Leader of IAEA Fact-finding Mission to Japan
In May, the IAEA sent an international fact-finding mission to Japan to make a preliminary assessment of the safety issues linked with the accident at the Fukushima Nuclear Power Stations, following the earthquake and tsunami in March. The purpose of this 10–day mission was to identify lessons from the Japanese nuclear accident that could improve global nuclear safety. The team was led by Michael Weightman, Chief Inspector of nuclear installations of the United Kingdom. He discusses the purpose of the mission, its findings and his visit to the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant. Video →
Statements of the delegates to the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety are posted online as they become available, and as received by the Conference Secretariat. Statements are available in pdf format only. Statements →
Conference Highlights: Wednesday, 22 June 2011
Day 3 at the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety
Working Session 2 on Emergency Preparedness and Response of the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety resumes today at the M-Building of the Vienna International Centre. Plenary sessions ended yesterday with all statements from delegations having been delivered and will resume Friday to hear presentations from the working groups. The full text of selected statements are available online. Photo Gallery →
Working Session on Global Nuclear Safety Framework Opens
The third working session of the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety opened at 3:00 p.m. today at Board Room A of the M-Building of the Vienna International Centre and will focus on the Global Nuclear Safety Framework. Richard Meserve, President of the Carnegie Institution in the US, is the session's Chairperson.
Conference Highlights: Thursday, 23 June 2011
Session on Global Nuclear Safety Framework Resumes Work
The third working session of the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety resumes today at Board Room A of the M Building of the Vienna International Centre. The session is focused on the Global Nuclear Safety Framework and is being chaired by Richard Meserve, President of the Carnegie Institution in the US. In the afternoon, preparatory work for the summaries of all three working session swill commence for presentation to the Plenary on Friday morning.
Selected Images from Conference
Photos from IAEA Fact-Minding Mission to Japan
The report of the IAEA Expert Mission to Japan from late May to early June 2011 is an important input to the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety. This photo gallery highlights some of the activities of the team in the field. View Gallery → :: Image Collection on Flickr →
IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety Ends Friday
A Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna will end Friday, 24 June, with a final plenary session and a joint news conference featuring IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano and Conference President Antonio Guerreiro of Brazil. Media Advisory →
Conference Highlights: Friday, 24 June 2011
Conference Holds Final Session
The Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety holds its final plenary session today at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna to discuss recommendations and summaries of the working sessions held during the week. In his concluding address to the conference, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said this week's deliberations will provide valuable guidance as the Agency prepares an Action Plan on the way ahead, which will then be submitted to the IAEA Board of Governors and the General Conference in September. Director General Statement → :: Video →
The conference today also considered the summaries from the three working sessions held throughout the week. These sessions were on preliminary assessment of the accident at TEPCO's Fukushima Nuclear Power Station and actions for safety improvements; emergency preparedness and response; and the global nuclear safety framework. Summaries →
Behind the Scenes at the Conference
The Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna concluded today, 24 June, with a final plenary session that considered recommendations and discussions related to improving nuclear safety around the world. Following are some images of what transpired "behind the scenes". View Gallery →
IAEA Nuclear Safety Conference Concludes
The IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety concluded five days of deliberations at the organization's headquarters in Vienna on 24 June 2011. The Conference was called to identify lessons learned from the nuclear accident at the Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Station in Japan that was caused by an earthquake and tsunami on 11 March. Story →