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Press Arrangements for 65th IAEA General Conference, starting 20 September 2021

Vienna, Austria

The 65th Annual Regular Session of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference, #IAEAGC, will convene from 20 to 24 September 2021 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in Vienna, Austria.

High-ranking officials and representatives from IAEA Member States will consider and make decisions on a range of issues pertaining to the work and the budget of the Agency.

Given the current Austrian health and safety measures in light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the General Conference and the related events will be held as a physical meeting with a possibility of remote connection.

This year’s Scientific Forum, organized on the sidelines of the General Conference on 21 and 22 September, is entitled Preparing for Zoonotic Outbreaks: the Role of Nuclear Science.

The main conference events will take place in the M-Building of the VIC, except for the Scientific Forum, which will take place in Boardroom D of the C-Building.

All plenary sessions of the General Conference will be streamed live in Arabic, English, Chinese, French, Russian, Spanish, and the Scientific Forum in English on the IAEA website (no login required).

Details of the General Conference and the Scientific Forum, including the provisional agenda, are available on the IAEA website and social media (Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn). Photos of the General Conference will also be available on Flickr.

The Press Room on the M-building's ground floor will be available as a press working area from 08:30 CEST on 20 September.


All journalists – including those with permanent accreditation - are requested to inform the IAEA Press Office of their plans to attend the General Conference by 12:00 CEST on Friday, 17 September.

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

Access to the plenary sessions of the General Conference and the Scientific Forum for photographers and video camera operators must be requested in advance.

COVID-19 Guidelines:

All physical participants must follow Austrian health guidelines including social distancing and the use of face masks on VIC premises, while working in the Press Room, exiting and entering all gates, in all security areas and in personal interactions with VIC personnel. 

Journalists will be requested to complete a contact tracing form. They are also reminded of the host country requirements related to the low epidemiological risk when attending the meeting:

  • proof of a negative PCR test not older than 48 hours, or a rapid antigen test not older than 24 hours; or
  • proof of a full COVID-19 vaccination not older than 270 days and valid from the date of second vaccination, or proof of full vaccination with a vaccine that does not require a booster shot (e.g. Johnson & Johnson) not older than 270 days and valid from the 22nd day after vaccination; or
  • a certificate of recovery from COVID-19 illness not older than 180 days, or proof of positive test for neutralising antibodies not older than 90 days.

In this regard, by swiping their grounds pass/badge, journalists entering the VIC declare that they possess valid documentation meeting one or more of these criteria. They also confirm that they are able to produce the documentation to the organizers or VIC Medical Service, if required.

Last update: 15 September 2021

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