On 8 December 2022, VERTIC signed an agreement for Practical Arrangements on Cooperation in the area of International Safeguards with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Under the agreement, VERTIC and the IAEA will consult regularly on their activities in the area of Safeguards and will cooperate on some initiatives, with a focus on training and capacity-building activities.

The agreement was signed by VERTIC Acting Executive Director Larry MacFaul and IAEA Deputy Director General and head of Department of Safeguards Massimo Aparo in a virtual ceremony. The ceremony was also attended by representatives of the IAEA’s Deparment of Safeguards and of VERTIC’s three Programmes.

VERTIC has long supported the IAEA’s mission in nuclear non-proliferation, through out research on verification in the nuclear field and our work in providing assistance to IAEA Member States in implementing their Safeguards commitments and bringing Safeguards agreements into force. We are looking forward to a closer cooperation with the Agency.