A meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors will commence on Monday, February 28, 2005, at 10.30 a.m. and is expected to last at least three days. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei will open the meeting with an overview statement. The Board will discuss, among other issues, measures to strengthen international co-operation in nuclear, radiation and transport safety and waste management as well as the IAEA's activities related to nuclear science, technology and applications.
Under the Nuclear Verification item on the agenda there will be a discussion of the report to the Board regarding the implementation of safeguards in Egypt. The IAEA Deputy Director General for Safeguards will also update the Board on inspection findings in Iran, including on verification of the suspension agreement.
Under the Agenda item, "Appointment of the Director General," the Canadian Chair will report to the Board on the outcome of her consultations with member States.
The Board is also expected to discuss a U.S. proposal to create a special committee within the Board on Safeguards and Verification.
The meeting is closed to the press.
The introductory statement by Dr. ElBaradei will be available to the media and will be placed on the IAEA website ( www.iaea.org) after delivery at about 11:00 a.m. on Monday 28 February.
There will be a photo opportunity at the beginning of each morning and afternoon session. Please sign up by sending your e-mail to Peter Rickwood: [email protected]. Camera crews should arrive at IAEA headquarters by 10:00 a.m. and proceed to the Boardroom on C04. Positions in the Boardroom must be taken by 10:15am or 2:45pm for afternoon photo-ops.
Press working area:
There will be a press working area on C03 (for print press, radio and TV) starting from Monday morning, February 28, at 9:00am.
There are telephone lines installed in the press area on C03. Please note that journalists requiring the use of telephones are advised to buy calling cards at the VIC Post Office or alternatively make use of a toll-free 0800-number for long distance calls. You can find information on toll-free numbers at www.telediscount.at
You are required to bring a valid press I.D. TV Crews arriving by car should enter through Gate 3 and inform Mr. Peter Rickwood ([email protected] <mailto:[email protected]>), tel. +43 1 2600 22047, mobile: +43 664- 203 0899, in advance, of your names, affiliations and license plate numbers. Advance notice of satellite trucks is also required.