Saturday, October 04, 2008

Malaysia Elected to Board of IAEA

Syabas, Malaysia! Again our fast development in the era of science and technology have been recognized worldwide again.

Quoting The Star for the news.

KUALA LUMPUR: Malaysia has been elected to the board of governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a statement issued by the Malaysian Embassy in Austria and the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations said here on Friday.

Malaysia will begin its two-year term from this month until September 2010. The nation completed its previous two-year term on the board in 2004.

Malaysia will be represented in the IAEA board by Datuk Mohd Arshad M. Hussain, the ambassador to Austria and resident representative of the country to the IAEA, and he would assume the post of governor of Malaysia on the board.

The IAEA board of governors, consisting 35 members, generally meets five times a year.

It also meets in additional two meetings at the committee level the technical assistance and cooperation committee, and the programmes and budget committee.

The statement said at its meetings the board members examine and make recommendations to the IAEA general conference on several important matters affecting the IAEA accounts, programmes and budget and considers applications for membership.

“It also approves safeguards agreements and the publication of the IAEA safety standards and has the responsiblity of appointing the director-general of the IAEA with the approval of the general conference,” it added.

The IAEA, which has 145 members, is the world’s specialised agency for coperation in the nuclear field and was set up as the world’s “Atoms of Peace” organisation in 1957 within the United Nations family.

The IAEA works with its member states and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technology. - Bernama

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