The 53rd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

September 11, 2009

  1. The 53rd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will be held from September 14 (Mon) to 18 (Fri) in Vienna.
  2. Ms. Seiko NODA, Minister of State for Science and Technology Policy and Mr. Takeshi Nakane, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna, will attend the General Conference as representatives of the Government of Japan. Other participants will include Mr. Yukiya Amano, Ambassador in charge of Nuclear Non-proliferation and Nuclear Energy; alternates and advisors from the Cabinet Office; the Ministry of Foreign Affairs; the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology; and the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry.
  3. The agenda of the General Conference includes the approval of the appointment of Ambassador Amano as the next IAEA Director General. In addition, the representative of each government of the Member States will make statements and discuss the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, technical cooperation, nuclear safety, nuclear security, strengthening the safeguards system and its efficiency, the issue of application of safeguards in the DPRK, and other issues.


  1. The IAEA is an international organization (150 Member States – as of September 2009) that was established in July 1957 for the purpose of promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and application of safeguards to prevent the diversion of nuclear energy for military use.
  2. Safeguards are applied based on safeguards agreements between the IAEA and countries concerned in order to verify that nuclear energy is not diverted from peaceful to military purposes.