VERTIC delegation attends IAEA General Conference

Last week, a delegation of VERTIC staff members travelled to Vienna, Austria, to attend the annual IAEA General Conference. The event—full details of which are available from the IAEA website (here)—is the occasion during which various resolutions are debated, national statements heard and matters such as the composition of the IAEA Board of Governors and the organisation's budget agreed upon.

During the week-long conference, VERTIC held both a reception and a side-event. The reception, organised to mark the retirement of Laura Rockwood, head of non-proliferation and policy-making in the IAEA's legal department, was held on the evening of Wednesday 18 September. Around 100 people attended in all—ranging from senior IAEA staffers and members of national delegations to interns—and the event was a bustling and very enjoyable occasion.

The following day saw VERTIC hold a lunchtime side-event, kindly hosted by the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), where Scott Spence presented on VERTIC's work on nuclear security legislation assistance and Larry MacFaul presented on the organisation's work to facilitate universal uptake of the IAEA Additional Protocol. Mr Spence's presentation is available here; Mr MacFaul's here. The week also saw a contract agreed with the VCDNP for a series of six lectures on verification to be held there over the next 12 months.
VERTIC also ran an exhibition stand during the week, showcasing the organisation's work and giving out recent VERTIC publications. These publications proved extremely popular, with almost everything shipped to Vienna being taken up by IAEA staffers and officials from various state delegations.

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