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Saudi Arabia becomes member in IAEA's Board of Governors

Saudi Arabia becomes member in IAEA's Board of Governors

The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) won a membership in the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA on Thursday.

This comes during the 63rd Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference is being held from 16 to 20 September 2019 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in Vienna, Austria.

President of King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy Dr. Khalid bin Saleh Al-Sultan headed the Saudi delegation participating in the IAEA conference.

Al-Sultan explained that the KSA membership in the IAEA's Board of Governors confirms the appreciation of the international community for the Kingdom's efforts in the field of nuclear security and peaceful uses of atomic energy.

The Board is one of the two policy-making bodies of the IAEA, along with the annual General Conference of IAEA Member States.

The Board examines and makes recommendations to the General Conference on the IAEA's financial statements, program and budget. It considers applications for membership, approves safeguards agreements and the publication of the IAEA's safety standards. It also appoints the Director General of the IAEA, with the approval of the General Conference.

The Board generally meets five times per year: in March and June, twice in September (before and after the General Conference) and in November.