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IAEA Ministerial Conference to Focus on the Future of Nuclear Security Worldwide

Vienna, Austria

The International Atomic Energy Agency will host an international ministerial conference next week to discuss the future of nuclear security globally, while providing an opportunity to exchange information, share best practices and foster international cooperation on countering the threat of nuclear terrorism.

The International Conference on Nuclear Security: Shaping the Future (#ICONS2024) will take place from 20 to 24 May at IAEA headquarters in Vienna. About 2000 participants have registered to attend the conference, including 110 ministers, heads of delegations and high-ranking officials. About 122 IAEA Member States and four organizations will be represented at the conference. The conference is the fourth IAEA ministerial conference on nuclear security, following those held in 20202016 and 2013. In recent years, ICONS has become a key event for the nuclear security community around the world.

The conference will feature two main parts: a ministerial segment with national statements on the first two days; and a scientific and technical programme comprising policy discussions and parallel technical sessions on technical, legal and regulatory issues concerning nuclear security. The themes of the conference include:

  • Policy, law and regulations for nuclear security
  • Technology and infrastructure for nuclear security prevention, detection and response
  • Capacity Building for nuclear security
  • Cross-cutting nuclear security topics

A ministerial declaration reiterating Member States’ commitment to nuclear security is expected to be adopted on 20 May.

Press Opportunities

The ministerial segment, including national statements, on 20 and 21 May, is open to media, and they can also attend all plenary sessions throughout the weeklong conference. The provisional conference programme is available here. The ministerial and plenary sessions will be available on live video streaming.

The M-Building Press Room on the ground floor will be available as a press working area.

News from the conference can be found on the IAEA website. Follow the IAEA and #ICONS2024 on FacebookInstagramLinkedIn, Twitter (X) and Weibo for updates. Photos of the conference will be available on Flickr. B-roll footage from the conference will be available, upon request. Please contact Multimedia.Contact-Point@iaea.org and copy press@iaea.org.


All journalists are requested to inform the IAEA Press Office of their plans to attend. Journalists with permanent credentials to the VIC need no additional credentials. We encourage journalists who do not have permanent accreditation to request it at UNIS Vienna.

Other journalists who only intend to attend this event should email press@iaea.org stating their name and affiliation as soon as possible but not later than 12:00 CEST on Thursday, 16 May.

Please plan your arrival to allow sufficient time to pass through the VIC security.

Last update: 17 May 2024

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