United Nations: Related Organization

International Atomic Energy Agency


Established: By statute signed at New York, United States, October 26, 1956, effective July 29, 1957. A working relationship with the United Nations was approved by the General Assembly on November 14, 1957.

Purpose: To “seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world” and to ensure that such assistance “is not used in such a way as to further any military purposes.”

Headquarters: Vienna, Austria.

Principal Organs: General Conference (all members), Board of Governors (35 members), Secretariat.

Director General: Mohamed ElBaradei (Egypt).

Membership (138): See Appendix C.

Official Languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian, Spanish. All are also working languages.

Origin and development. In a 1953 address before the UN General Assembly, US President Dwight Eisenhower urged the ...

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