Atomic Energy

a laptop with lines connecting it to different computer screens in different languages.

IAEA developed an e-learning course providing an overview of their Safety Standards, which is now available in all UN official languages: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

uses of radiation poster

Radiation is energy that moves from one place to another in a form that can be described as waves or particles. Radiation has many beneficial applications, but there are also risks associated with its use.

Zelensky and Grossi shake hands

IAEA will continue to support Ukraine in ensuring the safety and security of its nuclear sites, IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told Ukraine President Volodymyr Zelensky during a meeting in Kyiv. Grossi is in Ukraine heading an assistance mission to deliver vital equipment and conduct radiological assessments at the Chornobyl Nuclear Power Plant, which was held by Russian forces for five weeks before 31 March. Zelensky thanked Grossi for visiting Chornobyl and the continued support the IAEA has provided to Ukraine and its nuclear regulator.

A memorial of firefighters next to towers and a reactor

The UN marks the 36th anniversary of the accident at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant  (26 April 1986) – one of the most serious nuclear accidents in history. Hundreds of thousands of people were affected by radiation. Some 350,000 people were forced to leave their homes in severely contaminated areas, with a deeply traumatic and lasting impact on their lives. The Chernobyl disaster was contained by governments working with academics and civil society for the common good.

Three people in lab coats and gloves working in a lab.

IAEA has trained scientists from six Latin American countries in using nuclear and related techniques to detect and contain a banana disease threatening a quarter of the global production.

woman using IAEA learning platform on laptop

new e-learning course catalogue will make it easier for users to find and enrol in the IAEA’s free online courses. 

IAEA Director General in a meeting

Updates on nuclear safety, security and safeguards implications of the conflict in Ukraine.

A close-up of a mosquito resting on skin.

Cuba, with support from IAEA’s technical cooperation programme, is aiming to tackle the spread of dengue by piloting a nuclear technique which can decrease mosquito populations.

Ambassador Darmansjah Djumala of Indonesia.

Darmansjah Djumala, Indonesia’s Ambassador in Vienna, talks about Indonesia’s roles as both a recipient and a donor of the Peaceful Uses Initiative of the IAEA.

Graph of how nuclear energy can be used for industry.

Nuclear can be utilized to decarbonize non-electric applications. The IAEA supports and facilitates the development of new and emerging non-electric applications of nuclear technologies.

A truck next to a mound of coal and industrial stacks

While coal played a major role in the development of the modern world, it is also the primary reason behind climate change: coal burning is responsible for more than 40 per cent of global carbon emissions and more than 75 per cent of emissions from electricity generation. The clean energy transition means shifting energy production away from sources that release a lot of greenhouse gases to those that release little to no greenhouse gases. The IAEA fosters sustainable nuclear energy development by producing publications, facilitating technical cooperation, and coordinating research.

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Nuclear and isotopic techniques can help us to better understand the world we live in. The data IAEA gathers with these techniques can lead to improved, science-based policy making, including in relation to climate change. We can study both land and water systems using various nuclear techniques to evaluate the effects of climate change on the environment. The IAEA uses nuclear science and technology to help countries monitor, mitigate and adapt to climate change. It gives guidance on how to preserve and restore the environment.

Scientific Forum

The obvious lesson from the pandemic is the lack of global preparedness. The IAEA dedicated its Scientific Forum to investigate how nuclear science can further help the world to prepare for future zoonotic outbreaks.

Particle accelerators have many applications in medicine, industry and research. These machines accelerate charged particles, such as electrons and protons, to high speeds, sometimes even close to the speed of light.