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IAEA to Host 6th Review Meeting of the Joint Convention

Vienna, Austria

Some 850 delegates from more than 60 Contracting Parties will take part in the Sixth Review Meeting of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management at the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters from 21 May to 1 June.

Bismark Tyobeka, President of the Sixth Review Meeting and Chief Executive Officer of the National Nuclear Regulator of South Africa, will open the proceedings and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano will address the opening plenary session.

In force since 2001, the Joint Convention seeks to achieve and maintain a high level of worldwide safety in spent fuel and radioactive waste management. To further that objective, Contracting Parties deliver national reports on their implementation of the convention's obligations that are discussed as part of a peer-review process held every three years.

Topics on the agenda of two-week meeting include recent developments and challenges in the safe management of disused sealed radioactive sources, as well as general safety issues, challenges and public acceptance aspects of storage and disposal of higher-level radioactive waste.

Press Opportunities

Journalists are invited to attend the opening plenary session and the part of the closing session where the Contracting Parties will adopt a Summary Report. The opening session starts at 10:00 CET on 21 May. The part of the closing session open to media begins at 09:00 CET on 1 June. Both sessions will be streamed live and will take place in Boardroom B in the M building of the Vienna International Centre.

Journalists may also attend a European Union side event on 23 May, where the IAEA and the European Commission will present a Strategic Master Plan on achieving safe and sustainable environmental remediation of Uranium Legacy Sites in Central Asia. The side event begins at 12:30 CET on the first floor of the M building.


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 those journalists who do not yet have permanent accreditation, to request it at UNIS Vienna.

Other journalists who only intend to attend this event should contact Michelle Gruensteidl for accreditation. Please email m.gruensteidl@iaea.org or call [+43-1] 2600-22048 or [+43-1] 2600-21273.

Last update: 20 June 2018

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