|Highlights of the 53rd IAEA General Conference|
IAEA, 14 Sep 2009.
Senior representatives of the 150 Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) are meeting at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) for the five-day annual IAEA General Conference to discuss major topics on the organization's agenda.
• The IAEA's Scientific Forum on Energy for Development opened in Vienna, Austria. The Forum is being held in conjunction with the General Conference and will examine issues revolving around the need to assure universal access to affordable energy services and eliminate energy insecurity worldwide.
• Eleven countries have been newly elected to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2009-2011. The action was taken by Member States meeting at the IAEA General Conference in Vienna this week. The For the 2009-2010 period, the new composition of the 35-member IAEA Board is: Afghanistan, Argentina, Australia, Azerbaijan, Brazil, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Canada, China, Cuba, Denmark, Egypt, France, Germany, India, Japan, Kenya, Republic of Korea, Malaysia, Mongolia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Pakistan, Peru, Romania, Russian Federation, South Africa, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom, United States, Ukraine, Uruguay and Venezuela. The Board meets Tuesday, 22 September, to elect its new chairman and officers.
• IAEA Scientific Forum Links Energy and Development
• The IAEA's 53rd General Conference of Member States concluded in Vienna, with over 1 400 delegates from IAEA Member States attending the week-long event. Following discussion, the General Conference adopted resolutions on the following items: the Agency's Programme and Budget for 2010-2011; measures to strengthen international cooperation in nuclear, radiation,transportation and waste safety; nuclear security - measures to protect against nuclear terrorism; strengthening of the Agency's technical cooperation activities; strengthening the Agency´s activities related to nuclear science, technology and applications; strengthening the effectiveness and improving the efficiency of the safeguards system and application of the Model Additional Protocol; implementation of the NPT Safeguards Agreement between the Agency and the Democratic People's Republic of Korea; application of IAEA safeguards in the Middle East; and Israeli nuclear capabilities. The item on the prohibition of armed attack or threat of attack against nuclear installations, during operation or under construction was included in a Presidential statement.