Wien, 20. September 2013 Press release

Austria appointed member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency

IAEA Director General Amano confirmed for second term

Vienna, 20 September 2013 – "Austria's membership in the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna falls in a difficult time", Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said today after Austria had been appointed to the decision-making body on the occasion of the Agency’s 57th General Conference, and added: "The IAEA is faced with critical tasks. The proliferation of nuclear weapons and their technology must be prevented. Peaceful use of nuclear energy must meet the highest safety standards. The multiplex aspects of nuclear sciences need to be used in a targeted manner to master pressing global problems: health, water, food. Peace, safety and development – these are the fundamental needs of humankind. And all relevant organisations, the IAEA included, must contribute their share to these needs."

The annual General Conference regularly attracts a growing number of experts and diplomats. In addition to the scientific side events, the General Conference is not only focused on the ordinary management of the organisation, but also on politically sensitive issues such as developments in the Middle East and the respective nuclear threats.

A second term of office was confirmed at the General Conference for the Director General of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano from Japan, who will serve until the end of November 2017. "I wish the Director General and the employees of the IAEA continued success in mastering their multi-faceted tasks. Austria will do everything in its power to support their work", Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger concluded.

Austria will now serve as a member of the IAEA Board of Governors for two years, with Ambassador Christine Stix-Hackl, permanent representative of Austria at the IAEA, representing Austria as Governor on the Board.

 

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IAEA Director General Amano confirmed for second term

Vienna, 20 September 2013 – "Austria's membership in the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna falls in a difficult time", Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger said today after Austria had been appointed to the decision-making body on the occasion of the Agency’s 57th General Conference, and added: "The IAEA is faced with critical tasks. The proliferation of nuclear weapons and their technology must be prevented. Peaceful use of nuclear energy must meet the highest safety standards. The multiplex aspects of nuclear sciences need to be used in a targeted manner to master pressing global problems: health, water, food. Peace, safety and development – these are the fundamental needs of humankind. And all relevant organisations, the IAEA included, must contribute their share to these needs."

The annual General Conference regularly attracts a growing number of experts and diplomats. In addition to the scientific side events, the General Conference is not only focused on the ordinary management of the organisation, but also on politically sensitive issues such as developments in the Middle East and the respective nuclear threats.

A second term of office was confirmed at the General Conference for the Director General of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano from Japan, who will serve until the end of November 2017. "I wish the Director General and the employees of the IAEA continued success in mastering their multi-faceted tasks. Austria will do everything in its power to support their work", Vice-Chancellor and Foreign Minister Michael Spindelegger concluded.

Austria will now serve as a member of the IAEA Board of Governors for two years, with Ambassador Christine Stix-Hackl, permanent representative of Austria at the IAEA, representing Austria as Governor on the Board.

 

Contact:
Federal Ministry for
European and International Affairs
Press Department
Tel.: +43 (0) 50 1150-3320
Fax: +43 (0) 50 1159-213
abti3(at)bmeia.gv.at
www.mfa.at