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IAEA


International Atomic Energy Agency

http://www.iaea.org

 

Employees: approx. 2 200
In Vienna since: 1957
Member states: 138

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was the first international organisation to establish its headquarters in Vienna. It thereby laid the foundations for Vienna's role today as the seat of numerous international organisations. The IAEA has approximately 2 200 employees, which makes it the largest international organisation based in Vienna.

In 1957, the IAEA was formed as an independent special organisation of the United Nations in order to “accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world". This is not restricted to promoting nuclear power generation, but includes many other applications, such as nuclear medicine, in agriculture and aquaculture and in pest control. Another priority of the IAEA is to increase the safety of nuclear reactors. The IAEA was recently the focus of attention because of its inspections, based on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, designed to ensure that fissionable material is not misused and is produced only for peaceful purposes. This important function is one of the reasons the IAEA and its Director-General, Mohamed Elbaradei, won the 2005 Nobel Peace Prize.

 

Tasks of the IAEA:

  • Assisting its 138 member countries in the use of nuclear technology
  • Promotion of nuclear safety and protection against radiation
  • Inspections and verification of the exclusively peaceful use of nuclear energy by the parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons

 

Date: 11.01.2006