International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
- International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the international centre for cooperation in the nuclear field.
- It is widely known as the world’s “Atoms for Peace and Development” organization within the United Nations family.
- The IAEA was created in 1957 in response to the deep fears and expectations generated by the discoveries and diverse uses of nuclear technology.
- Its Headquarters is located in Vienna, Austria.
Objectives and Functions
- The Agency works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.
- IAEA seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons.
- It reports annually to the United Nations General Assembly.
- When necessary, the IAEA also reports to the UN Security Council in regard to instances of members’ non-compliance with safeguards and security obligations.
- In 2005, it was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for its work for a safe and peaceful world.
- The global attention on the war in Ukraine has remained nervously focused on Zaporizhzhia, an important town in the country’s southeast that houses the largest nuclear power plant in Europe.
- A team of officials from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) arrived in Ukraine to assess the condition of the plant.