Vietnam joins IAEA Board of Governors

By Nguyen Tien   September 25, 2021 | 06:43 pm PT
Vietnam joins IAEA Board of Governors
Delegates attend the IAEA General Assembly session in Vienna, Austria, on September 23, 2021. Photo by IAEA
Vietnam was elected to the 2021-2023 term Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) during its latest session in Vienna.

The vote took place during the September 23 meeting of the 65th IAEA General Assembly. The meeting was held both online and offline under the conditions of the Covid-19 pandemic, and joined by representatives of 172 member states of the IAEA and other international organizations.

Besides Vietnam, 10 other countries were elected to the IAEA Board of Governors at the meeting.

The board consists of 35 members who will consider and recommend the agenda for the IAEA General Conference including the agency’s operational programs and financial issues, admission of new member countries, approving inspection agreements between the agency and member states as well as adjustments to IAEA's regulations and standards on nuclear safety and security.

Ambassador Nguyen Trung Kien, permanent representative of Vietnam at the IAEA, thanked the agency for supporting Vietnam's fight against the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.

The agency provided Vietnam with a variety of equipment and biological products to help the country accurately test and diagnose Covid-19 cases.

Since last year, Vietnam has implemented six national-level cooperation projects and 10 regional-level projects with the IAEA.

Vietnam will coordinate with Laos and Cambodia to implement the tripartite cooperation agreement on the application of nuclear technology, one of the focuses of the IAEA's technical cooperation program in Southeast Asia.

Established in 1957 and headquartered in Vienna, Austria, the IAEA is an international organization under the United Nations that has the task of promoting peaceful use of atomic energy and preventing its military use.

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