Set up as the world’s “Atoms for Peace” organization in 1957 within the United Nations family.

Reports to both the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council. Headquarters in Vienna, Austria.


Works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.

Seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons.

Board of Governors:22 member states (must represent a stipulated geographic diversity) — elected by the General Conference (11 members every year) – 2 year term.

At least 10 member states — nominated by the outgoing Board.Board members each receive one vote.



Recommendations to the General Conference on IAEA activities and budget.

Responsible for publishing IAEA standards.

Responsible for making most of the policy of the IAEA.

Appoints the Director General subject to General Conference approval.



Program of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT).

Human Health Program.

Water Availability Enhancement Project.

International Project on Innovative Nuclear Reactors and Fuel Cycles, 2000.