Nomination of Mr. Yukiya Amano, Permanent Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, as a Candidate for the position of Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
September 26, 2008
- The Government of Japan has decided to nominate Mr. Yukiya Amano, Permanent
Representative and Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of Japan
to the International Organizations in Vienna, as a candidate to succeed
Dr. Elbaradei, as Director General of the IAEA. Dr. Elbaradei’s term
will expire in November next year.
- The IAEA plays a crucial role in ensuring nuclear non-proliferation,
and in promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy, nuclear safety and
security, in addition to technical cooperation. With nuclear energy
being one of the major energy sources in Japan, the IAEA is recognized as
a key international organization, with extensive and essential responsibilities
in the field of nuclear energy.
- Ambassador Amano, who previously served as the first-ever Director-General
of the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department of the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs, has, over the course of his career-to-date, gained substantial
and far-reaching experience in the areas of non-proliferation, disarmament
and nuclear energy - related matters, and is now an internationally renowned
diplomat. Ambassador Amano has gained a high reputation for his leadership,
having chaired the IAEA Board of Governors between 2005 and 2006, as well
as the first session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2010 NPT Review
Conference in 2007, amongst a number of other international conferences.
The Government of Japan is confident that Ambassador Amano is an ideally-suited
candidate to take on the duties and responsibilities of the Director General
of the IAEA, and intends to make the utmost effort to gain the support of
the international community.
- The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has today established the Election Campaign Headquarters for the Next Director General of the IAEA, which is headed by the Minister for Foreign Affairs.
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