Nearly 2,600 participants attended this year’s event at VIC Vienna International Centre, including delegates from 153 of the IAEA’s 170 Member States, international organizations, non-governmental organizations and the media. By the end of the 62nd IAEA General Conference, 91 Member States have pledged to the Technical Cooperation Fund for 2019. While not all Member States use the opportunity of the General Conference to pledge their contribution, a pledge by so many countries – over 53% of all IAEA Member States – represents a record. The total Technical Cooperation Fund Target for 2019 is 86.2 million euros.
What is the IAEA General Conference?
The General Conference consisting of representatives of the IAEA Member States meets in a regular annual session, usually in September.
The General Conference takes place annually, giving an opportunity to all IAEA Member States to jointly consider matters related to the IAEA’s ongoing work, budget and priorities.
What does the IAEA General Conference do in general and what has it done in particular this year?
The purpose to meet is to consider and approve the IAEA’s budget and to decide on other issues raised by the Board of Governors, the Director General and Member States.
The 62nd regular session of the IAEA General Conference in 2018 concluded with resolutions adopted to further strengthen the IAEA’s work in the areas of nuclear science and technology, safety, security, safeguards and technical cooperation.
In particular resolutions were adopted on strengthening the effectiveness and improving the efficiency of IAEA safeguards, on strengthening the IAEA’s technical cooperation activities, and on strengthening the IAEA’s activities related to nuclear science, technology and applications.
Delegates also adopted resolutions on nuclear and radiation safety and on nuclear security.
IAEA resolutions and decisions will guide the IAEA’s implementation of activities in the coming year.
Delegates also approved the Agency’s Budget Update for 2019.
Technical Cooperation Fund for 2019: The total target for 2019 is 86.2 million euros.
Eleven countries have been newly elected to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2018-2020.
The newly elected Board members are Azerbaijan, Brazil, Ecuador, Egypt, Italy, Morocco, Niger, Pakistan, Sweden, Thailand and Uruguay.
Which resolutions and decisions were actually passed?
Resolutions Adopted by the General Conference
The Agency’s Financial Statements for 2017
Regular Budget Appropriations for 2019
Technical Cooperation Fund Allocation for 2019
The Working Capital Fund for 2019
Scale of Assessment of Member States? Contributions towards the Regular Budget for 2019
Nuclear and Radiation Safety
Nuclear SecurityStrengthening 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 Agency Safeguards
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
Examination of Delegates’ Credentials
Decisions of the General Conference
Amendment to Article XIV.A of the Statute
Promotion of Efficiency and Effectiveness of the IAEA Decision Making Process
Elections of the Agency’s Staff Pension Committee
Who chairs the Conference?
Usually, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano chairs the conference, but in 2018 he could not attend.
He highlighted in his video opening statement the unique contribution of the Agency to international peace and security and to helping improve the health and prosperity of millions of people through the peaceful use of nuclear technology.
How long does the conference last and when did it take place in 2018?
It’s a week-long conference, which took place from 17 to 21 September in Vienna.
What else has been done?
Throughout the week delegates were able to attend a selection of 77 side-events showcasing cutting-edge work at the IAEA and in Member States using nuclear techniques and highlighting activities and special programmes.
In addition, a two-day Scientific Forum brought together experts, government representatives and academics from 21 countries to focus on the role nuclear science can play in mitigating, monitoring and adapting to climate change.
HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan of Jordan was the guest of honour at the Forum and gave the keynote address.
During the week, delegates from 17 IAEA Member States also took part in guided tours on offer of the IAEA laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria.
When and where will the next conference take place?
The 63rd regular session of the IAEA General Conference will be held from 16 to 20 September 2019 at the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna.