International Atomic Energy Agency, IAEA was established in 1957 to promote and safeguard the peaceful use of nuclear energy. The IAEA is headquartered in Vienna.


One of the IAEA's most important tasks is verifying that states do not develop nuclear weapons. This is made possible through its extensive network of safeguards agreements. The IAEA currently has in place such agreements with about 180 states.

Among the agency's other specific tasks are:

  • performing research on the practical application of atomic energy for peaceful uses
  • collecting and disseminating information about nuclear energy
  • supporting research
  • assisting countries in upgrading nuclear safety
  • developing international standards for the security of nuclear plants, for the safe transport and disposal of radioactive waste as well as for the handling and responsibility for nuclear accidents.


The annual IAEA General Conference, which is composed of representatives of all member states, approves the agency's programme and budget.

The Board of Governors is the main policy-making organ of the IAEA. Its main tasks are

  • to make recommendations to the General Conference
  • to approve safeguards agreements
  • to appoint the Director-General, head of the IAEA Secretariat.

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IAEA was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize 2005.

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