The IAEA Director General is the depositary of key international conventions and legal agreements and is entrusted with responsibilities under treaties and agreements that States have adopted.

  • Nuclear safety conventions

    The IAEA promotes adherence to and implementation of international legal instruments on nuclear safety adopted under its auspices. This includes the Convention on Nuclear Safety and the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, as well as the two emergency preparedness and response conventions. Read more →

  • Nuclear security conventions

    The international legal framework for nuclear security is composed of legal instruments and recognized principles that are designed to prevent, detect and respond to criminal and other unauthorized acts involving or directed to nuclear or other radioactive material and associated facilities or activities. Read more →

  • Conventions on emergency preparedness and response

    Two legal instruments are the basis for the international emergency preparedness and response framework: the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident and the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency. They place specific obligations on the States Parties and the IAEA. Read more →

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