IAEA - International Atomic Energy Agency

The IAEA was established in 1957 as an independent intergovernmental organization which closely relates to the UN system regarding its structure and procedures. The Agency reports to the UN General Assembly regularly and has the duty to inform the Security Council directly in case of a detected threat to the world peace (Statute, Article III B 4).

The tasks of the IAEA rest on four pillars:
- Nuclear safety and security
- Verification and safeguards
- Nuclear technology
- Technical cooperation

Nuclear safety and security:

The Agency implements programmes to improve the safety of nuclear facilities and provides a forum for the development of international standards in this area. Also, the IAEA works for the physical protection (security) of nuclear material against misuse and illicit trafficking.

Verification and Safeguards: 

The Agency controls the use and verifies the stocks of nuclear material in the framework of safeguards agreements concluded with its member states. Thereby the IAEA wants to confirm that the controlled facilities serve exclusively peaceful purposes.

Nuclear Technology:

The IAEA contributes worldwide to the peaceful use of nuclear power by numerous symposia and coordinated research contracts, databases as well as comprehensive activities in documentation and publication. The Agency supports the international cooperation and harmonization in the regulatory area for the use of nuclear power.

Technical Cooperation:

The IAEA assists developing countries inter alia in the fields of human and veterinary medicine, water management, production and supply of food, as well as agriculture by means of expert assignments, scholarships, training courses and, if necessary, supply with equipment.

Structure of the IAEA:

IAEA programmes and budgets are set through the decisions of the IAEA's policy-making bodies: the 35-member Board of Governors and the General Conference of all (168 as of March 2016) Member States. The General Conference meets annually, typically in September. The Board of Governors meets five times per year - in March and June, twice in September (before and after the General Conference), and again in November.

German representation in the IAEA:

Germany became a member of the organization in its foundation year in 1956, and has been participating continually  in the work of the Board of Governors as a designated member. Following the United States, Japan and China, Germany is the fourth largest donor country to the overall budget of the IAEA which amounts to app. 350 million Euro. With additional voluntary payments by various member states, and the Technical Assistance Fund for developing countries, IAEA's 2,300 staff members are managing about 500 million Euro annually.


Contact IAEA:
Director General: Yukiya Amano (JPN)
Address: IAEA Headquarters, Wagramer Strasse 5, 1220 Vienna, Austria
Postal address: IAEA, P.O. Box 200, A-1400 Vienna, Austria
tel. (+43-1) 2600-0
fax (+43-1) 26007

IAEA in the world wide web:

IAEA Laboratories in Seibersdorf and Vienna

The IAEA Laboratories are a focal point for research and international cooperation in the application of nuclear techniques.
The tasks of the Laboratories are manifold, ranging from radiation measurements and the training of scientists to sustainable development for the environment. One of the successful Laboratory projects focuses on tsetse fly eradication techniques.


IAEA - International Nuclear Information System

The IAEA database 'International Nuclear Information System' (INIS) is one of the largest collections of publications on nuclear science and technologies. INIS offers reports, newsletters and information in collaboration with more than 150 member states:

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INIS Thesaurus

IAEA Meetings calendar

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Germany's global commitments

Brochure Germany in the United Nations

Federal Foreign Office


Ever since joining the United Nations in 1973, Germany has demonstrated a continuously growing commitment to the UN system. This booklet highlights the German contribution to the work of the world organization in all its aspects.