IAEA appoints Rafael Grossi as Director General

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News:Argentina’s Rafael Grossi has been appointed as the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA).

Facts:

About IAEA:

  • The International Atomic Energy Agency(IAEA) is widely known as the world’s Atoms for Peace and Development.It was established as an autonomous organization in 1957.
  • It aim is to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons.
  • It also works with its Member States and multiple partners worldwide to promote safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.
  • It is headquartered in Vienna,Austria.It has 171 member states with one vote per member.
  • Though established as an autonomous organisation,the IAEA reports to both the United Nations General Assembly and the UN Security Council.
  • The IAEA and its former Director General, Mohamed ElBaradei were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005.