IAEA Director General's Introductory Statement to the Board of Governors (Excerpts)

September 10, 2018

Weapon Program: 

  • Nuclear

Mr Chairman,

The IAEA technical cooperation programme helps countries to use nuclear science and technology to address key development challenges in health, agriculture, nuclear safety and many other areas.


Mr Chairman,

My report on Measures to Strengthen International Cooperation in Nuclear, Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety provides updates on our work in these important areas.

In cooperation with Member States, we continue to assess the effectiveness and efficiency of Agency peer review and advisory services in nuclear safety and security. I encourage all Member States to make full use of Agency services in these areas.

My Nuclear Security Report 2018 highlights our work to help States establish effective nuclear security regimes. Priorities for the coming year include conducting the International Conference on Security of Radioactive Material in December in Vienna. We have begun preparations for the next IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security, which will take place at ministerial level in Vienna in February 2020.

Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran

Mr Chairman,

My report on Verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in light of United Nations Security Council resolution 2231 (2015) covers relevant activities of the Agency in that country in the last few months.

Iran is implementing its nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. It is essential that Iran continues to fully implement those commitments.

The Agency continues to verify the non-diversion of nuclear material declared by Iran under its Safeguards Agreement. Evaluations regarding the absence of undeclared nuclear material and activities in Iran continue.