Visit to Australia by the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency
DEPARTMENT OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND TRADE AUSTRALIA
Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA), His Excellency Dr Mohamed ElBaradei, will visit Australia
from 4 February as a guest of the Australian Government. This
is Dr ElBaradei's first visit to Australia.
Dr ElBaradei's program in Canberra and Sydney will include
a meeting with Mr Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Senator
Minchin, Minister for Industry, Resources and Science. He will
also be involved in high-level officials' talks with Commonwealth
Departments and Agencies. Dr ElBaradei will also visit the Australian
Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation (ANSTO) in Sydney,
and conduct a tour of the Lucas Heights nuclear research reactor.
Australia has a longstanding and strong association with the
IAEA, given its fundamental role as one of the pillars of the
international nuclear non-proliferation regime. The IAEA serves
as the world's foremost international governmental forum for scientific
and technical co-operation in the peaceful use of nuclear technology.
It is also the key multilateral agency responsible for the implementation
of safeguards, nuclear safety and non-proliferation of nuclear
weapons. Australia has been actively involved in the work of the
IAEA since its establishment in 1957 and is a designated member
of the Board of Governors.