IAEA Profile and Objectives, Prevent Nuclear Use for Military Purposes


Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Rafael Grossi attends a press conference during a meeting of the board of governors at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria, June 7, 2021. Photo/REUTERS/Leonhard Foeger

GENEVA – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear technology.

The IAEA’s mission is to prevent the use of nuclear weapons for military purposes. For its efforts to create a safer and more peaceful world, the IAEA was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.

The IAEA was established on July 27, 1957. The initial formation of the IAEA began with the historic speech of the President of the United States (US) Dwight D Eisenhower on December 8, 1953.

Eisenhower delivering his speech to the United Nations General Assembly. He proposed the creation of an organization to promote the peaceful use of nuclear weapons and prevent their use for military purposes.

The ideas expressed by Eisenhower in that 1953 speech led to the IAEA Statutes being unanimously approved by 81 countries in October 1956.

Since its inception, it has been mandated to work with member countries and partners around the world to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technology.

The aim of the IAEA to promote and control this atom is explained in article II of the IAEA Statute.

In October 1957, delegates to the first general conference decided to establish the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

The IAEA has had two regional offices located in Toronto, Canada since 1979 and in Tokyo Japan since 1984.

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