Established in 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an autonomous organization of the United Nations charged with promoting safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.
Through research and technical cooperation projects, the IAEA facilitates the transfer of nuclear technology to 159 Member States for use in medical, agricultural, industrial, water management
and other applications. This contributes to the goals of sustainable development and protection of the environment. The IAEA’s laboratories provide training and conduct research.
The IAEA Secretariat — the international body of staff tasked with running the Agency — is made up of a team of some 2560 multidisciplinary professional and support staff from more than 100 countries. They come from scientific, technical, managerial and professional disciplines.
Although the IAEA is not an international regulatory body, its nuclear safety efforts are directed towards creating agreed multilateral norms. These are increasingly important mechanisms for improving nuclear safety, radiation safety and waste safety around the world.