International Atomic Energy Agency
The Republic of Belarus has been a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) since its' creation on July 29, 1957.
Belarus has a developed legal framework for cooperation with the Agency. Our country is the party to the vast majority of international conventions concluded under the auspices of the IAEA, including the Convention on Nuclear Safety, the Convention on Early Warning of a Nuclear Accident, the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiation Emergency, the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management, Vienna Convention on Civil Liability for Nuclear Damage, the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.
The Agreement for the application of safeguards in connection with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons was signed between Belarus and the IAEA, according to which routine IAEA inspections are conducted in Belarus. The delegations of Belarus traditionally take part in the annual sessions of the IAEA General Conference.
Belarus was a member of the Board of Governors three times (in 1999 – 2001, 2005 – 2007 and 2015 – 2017). High level of contacts with the Agency’s management is maintained. Belarus cooperates with the IAEA on carrying out seminars and trainings with experts from the Agency and participation of Belarusian experts in various events organized by the Agency. This cooperation plays a special role in the context of the implementation of the national nuclear-energy program, development and capacity building of the nuclear energy infrastructure.
Belarus is an active participant of the IAEA's technical cooperation program, which aims to assist countries in the peaceful use of nuclear technology. A number of national IAEA technical cooperation projects are being implemented in Belarus in the current programme cycle. Belarusian experts are also actively involved in the activities envisaged by the agency's regional and international technical cooperation projects.