The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will host a Forum of its Member States to consider how the experience of Nuclear-Weapons-Free Zones (NWFZ) in several regions of the world could be relevant to the Middle East. The meeting will begin at 10:00 (CET) on 21 November and is scheduled to end at 13:00 (CET) on 22 November. The Forum will convene in Room M2/M3 of the M Building in the Vienna International Centre (VIC).
The Forum meetings are closed to the press.
The meeting has been called to answer a request by Member States at the IAEA's General Conference in 2000 that the Director General convene a Forum where participants from the Middle East and other interested parties could learn from the experience of NWFZs in other regions. The Forum will consider the experience of five NWFZs and two regional verification arrangements and discuss the potential relevance of such experience to the creation of a NWFZ in the Middle East.
For additional information on the Forum and existing NWFZs see:
There will be a press conference with Forum Chairman, Ambassador Jan Petersen of Norway, on Tuesday, 22 November 2011 at approximately 14:00 in Room M2.
There will be a photo opportunity at the beginning of each session in Room M2. This opportunity is to collect images only, please no interviews or stand-ups.
Press Working Area:
The area outside Room M2, on the 1st Floor of the M Building, will be available as a press working area starting at 09:00 on 21 November.
Journalists with permanent accreditation to the VIC need no further credentials. We encourage those journalists who do not yet have permanent accreditation, to request it at: UNIS Vienna. All others must seek accreditation by contacting:IAEA Press Office; tel: [43-1] 2600-21279 or [43-1] 2600-21273).
You are required to bring a valid press ID card.
Due to UN security requirements, only satellite trucks are allowed to enter the VIC. Details of satellite trucks (names of crew, affiliations and license plate numbers) must be sent by 17:00 (CET) Thursday, 17 November 2011 to Ms. Juanita Perez Vargas; e-mail: Juanita Perez-Vargas; tel.: [43-1] 2600-21279 or 21273.