Vienna, 29 September 2022 (TDI): Qatar was elected for membership of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during the ongoing 66th IAEA General Conference.

The membership will be for a time period of 2 years, from 2022-2024. Earlier, the state of Qatar had occupied the membership of the IAEA Board of Governors from 2013-2015 as well as from 2016-2018.

Remarks by Qatar’s Foreign Ministry official

Secretary-General of the Foreign Ministry of Qatar, Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi, became IAEA’s Governor from the State of Qatar.

He remarked that “the election of the State of Qatar to the membership of the Board of Governors of the IAEA affirms the global appreciation to Qatar’s successful efforts and responsible approach towards the development of a peaceful nuclear energy program.”

He further added, “It also shows the global community’s confidence in Qatar’s active and influential role in international forums.”

Further, Ahmed bin Hassan Al Hammadi emphasized the Keenness of Qatar to continue to support the IAEA’s various activities in promoting the peaceful use of nuclear power, ensuring the prevention of the spread of nuclear weapons, and facilitating the access of peaceful nuclear technology to member states.

About IAEA

The International Atomic Energy Agency was established in 1957. IAEA works for the safe, secure, and peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, contributing to international peace and security.

The Board of Governors is one of the main policy-making bodies of the IAEA. It consists of 35 members, which review and approve decisions related to the Agency’s budget, the Agency’s operational programs, safeguards agreements, and safety standards.

Moreover, the Board also has the power to appoint the Agency’s Director General with the approval of the General Conference.

The State of Qatar has been an active member of the IAEA since its accession in 1976, with a long-term policy to support the IAEA’s role in harnessing the atom for peaceful purposes.