60th IAEA General Conference Under Way

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is currently halfway through its 60th annual General Conference. The General Conference, composed of representatives from every Member State of the Agency, convenes to shape and approve the program and budget of the IAEA over the coming year.

 Turkish Energy Minister Berat Albayrak delivers a speech during the International Atomic Energy Agency meeting in Vienna, Austria on September 26, 2016.


This year, a Scientific Forum entitled Nuclear Technology for the Sustainable Development Goals is also being convened in conjunction with the General Conference. This forum, set to assess how nuclear technology contributes to the Sustainable Development Goals determined by the United Nations, begins on September 28th, halfway through the conference. By convening top scientists as well as diplomats from Member States, the forum promises to identify key opportunities and dire needs facing the nuclear energy industry.

The first half of the General Conference has already seen significant success, with three new Member States- Saint Lucia, the Islamic Republic of the Gambia, and Saint Vincent and the Grenadines- earning approval for their applications to the IAEA. Additionally, numerous countries have signed cooperation agreements on the fringes of the conference, promising not only greater international nuclear energy collaboration, but strengthening of the global nonproliferation regime.

From medicine to environment to R&D, the IAEA General Conference examines the role of nuclear energy across the globe in all sectors. The Agency also not only posts regular updates on the proceedings, but live streams much of the programming on its website. This provides excellent resources for both those interested in big-picture overviews of the developments, and nuanced, technical insight into the new findings. Follow the developments here.

See Deputy Director General Janice Dunn Lee introduce the IAEA General Conference, in her own words: