The IAEA is the world´s center of 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 safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.
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 centers and scientific laboratories in Vienna and Seibersdorf, Austria; Monaco; and Trieste, Italy. See Offices and Contacts.
The IAEA Secretariat is a team of 2200 multi-disciplinary professional and support staff from more than 90 countries. The Agency is led by Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and six Deputy Directors General who head the major departments. See IAEA Staff.
IAEA programmes and budgets are set through decisions of its policymaking bodies - the 35-member Board of Governors and the General Conference of all Member States. Reports on IAEA activities are submitted periodically or as cases warrant to the UN Security Council and UN General Assembly. See Policy Bodies.
IAEA financial resources include the regular budget and voluntary contributions. The Regular Budget for 2007 amounts to Euro 283 611 000. The target for voluntary contributions to the Technical Co-operation Fund for 2007 is $80 million.
IAEA Mission & Programmes
The IAEA´s mission is guided by the interests and needs of Member States, strategic plans and the vision embodied in the IAEA Statute. Three main pillars - or areas of work - underpin the IAEA´s mission: Safety and Security; Science and Technology; and Safeguards and Verification. See Our Work.
Relationship with United Nations
As an independent international organization related to the United Nations system, the IAEA´s relationship with the UN is regulated by special agreement [pdf]. In terms of its Statute, the IAEA reports annually to the UN General Assembly and, when appropriate, to the Security Council regarding non-compliance by States with their safeguards obligations as well as on matters relating to international peace and security.
ANSTO AustraliaThe Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) is the centre of Australia's nuclear science capabilities and expertise. ANSTO's vision is to be recognised as an international centre of excellence in nuclear science and technology for the benefit of Australia.
ANSTO produces radiopharmaceuticals to help in the diagnosis and treatment of a range of serious illnesses. We also help solve a wide range of industrial and environmental problems.
OPAL also produces neutron beams which are used in neutron scattering science which is encouraging the best researchers from around the world to collaborate with us. Applications include analysis at an atomic level of structures, fluids, foods, as well as biological processes of the human body.
A further significant activity ANSTO undertakes is providing strategic advice to government on a range of important long-term issues, including climate change, power generation and counter-terrorism.
he U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) was created as an independent agency by Congress in 1974 to enable the nation to safely use radioactive materials for beneficial civilian purposes while ensuring that people and the environment are protected. The NRC regulates commercial nuclear power plants and other uses of nuclear materials, such as in nuclear medicine, through licensing, inspection and enforcement of its requirements.
Opportunities To Work With NRC
To regulate the nation's civilian use of byproduct, source, and special nuclear materials to ensure adequate protection of public health and safety, to promote the common defense and security, and to protect the environment.
The NRC's regulatory mission covers three main areas:
- Reactors - Commercial reactors for generating electric power and research and test reactors used for research, testing, and training
- Materials - Uses of nuclear materials in medical, industrial, and academic settings and facilities that produce nuclear fuel
- Waste - Transportation, storage, and disposal of nuclear materials and waste, and decommissioning of nuclear facilities from service
The objective of the ANSN project is to pool and share existing and new technical knowledge and practical experience to further improve the safety of nuclear installations in Asia.
The ANSN computer network is operated in a coordinated yet decentralised manner with 8 ANSN National Centres in China, Indonesia, Japan, Korea, Malaysia, the Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam. The web site associated to each National Centre provides access to important nuclear safety knowledge and serves as a portal to other ANSN sites. Searching the ANSN is done either locally or through the IAEA web site.