International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
The IAEA works for the safe, secure and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology. Its key roles contribute to international peace and security, and to the world's Millennium Goals for social, economic and environmental development.

The IAEA was created in 1957 in response to the deep fears and expectations resulting from the discovery of nuclear energy. Its fortunes are uniquely geared to this controversial technology that can be used either as a weapon or as a practical and useful tool. The Agency's genesis was US President Eisenhower's Atoms for Peace address to the General Assembly of the United Nations on 8 December 1953. These ideas helped to shape the IAEA Statute, which 81 nations unanimously approved in October 1956."

The IAEA is the world's centre for cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up as the world's "Atoms for Peace" organization in 1957 within the United Nations family. The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.

Organizational Profile
The IAEA Secretariat is headquartered at the Vienna International Centre in Vienna, Austria. Operational liaison and regional offices are located in Geneva, Switzerland, New York, USA, Toronto, Canada and Tokyo, Japan. The IAEA runs or supports research centres and scientific laboratories in Vienna and Seibersdorf, Austria, Monaco and Trieste, Italy.

The IAEA Secretariat is a team of some 2500 multidisciplinary professional and support staff from more than 100 countries. The Agency is led by the Director General and six Deputy Director Generals who head the major departments.

IAEA programmes and budgets are set through decisions taken by its policy-making bodies: the 35 members of the Board of Governors and the General Conference comprising representatives from all IAEA Member States. Reports on IAEA activities are submitted periodically and, as cases warrant, to the United Nations Security Council and the United Nations General Assembly.

IAEA financial resources include the regular budget and voluntary contributions. The General Conference sets the annual regular budget and addresses extra-budgetary funds as well as voluntary contributions made to the Technical Cooperation Fund. These figures are published in the latest IAEA Annual Report.
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