IAEA Beijing Conference to Focus on Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century
  • Updated:2009-04-09
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07 April 2009 | Thirty energy ministers and the representatives of over 65 countries will convene in Beijing from 20 to 22 April to discuss the current status and future prospects for nuclear power. IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei and OECD Secretary General Angel Guria will also attend.

The 'International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Energy in the 21st Century,' organized by the IAEA, will be hosted by the Government of the People's Republic of China in co-sponsorship with the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).

Ministers and government representatives will assess the future role of nuclear energy in meeting the world's energy needs and present their views on the current and future role of nuclear power in the context of national energy strategies.

The conference will address world energy needs and resources; the development of nuclear infrastructure; innovations in nuclear technology; fuel supply and management of spent nuclear fuel; governance of the nuclear industry, and whether the current financial crisis may impact rising expectations for nuclear power's growth.

The conference is open to the news media.

IAEA Director General Mohamed ElBaradei, OECD Secretary General Angel Gurria and Chinese Minister of Industry and Information Technology Li Yizhong will participate in a press conference at 11:00 (local time) on Monday, 20 April, the opening day of the conference.

Journalists who wish to cover the event must fill in the following accreditation form and submit to China Atomic Energy Authority, CAEA:

Further details of the conference are available at:

Press Contacts

Press Office
Division of Public Information
[43-1] 2600-21273
' ); press at iaea.org

Ayhan Evrensel
IAEA Press & Public Information Office
[43] 699-165-21271 (mobile)
' ); a.evrensel at iaea.org

About the IAEA

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) serves as the world's foremost intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical co-operation in the peaceful use of nuclear technology. Established as an autonomous organization under the United Nations (UN) in 1957, the IAEA carries out programmes to maximize the useful contribution of nuclear technology to society while verifying its peaceful use.

NOTE TO EDITORS: For additional information visit the Press Section of the IAEA's website (), or call the IAEA's Division of Public Information at (431) 2600-21270.