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Notes from the IAEA's 53rd General Assembly

-Neil Calder

Ambassador Yukiya Amano of Japan will become the next Director-General as of 1 December 2009.  (Click to view larger version...)
Ambassador Yukiya Amano of Japan will become the next Director-General as of 1 December 2009.
The 53rd General Meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) was held in Vienna this week. The first session of the General Meeting was marked by the final address as Director-General by Mohamed ElBaradei. The text of his speech is here:

The appointment of Ambassador Yukiya Amano of Japan as the next Director-General as of 1 December 2009 was approved.

Click here for the acceptance speech of Ambassador Yukiya Amano, Director-General Designate

US Secretary of Energy, Steven Chu, held a press conference at the meeting. In reply to a question on fusion he stated "Fusion is potentially very important but ITER is still an experiment. We have to wait for results. In the meantime, the world has to move ahead now with a wide range of energy research".


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