About the Mission

The Permanent Mission of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) acts as the main liaison between the UAE Government and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) in Vienna, Austria.
 
The UAE has embarked for the first time on a peaceful nuclear energy programme and, in doing so, the country adheres to highest international standards in all areas of its programme.
 
The UAE works closely with the IAEA through its Permanent Mission to the IAEA  in Vienna which was established in 2008. The objective of the Mission is to advance the interests of UAE Government in the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy through effective diplomacy, negotiations, and daily engagement with IAEA and CTBTO, and to facilitate cooperation in nuclear safety, nuclear security, non-proliferation, safeguards, technical cooperation, and implementation of relevant international obligations.
 
The Permanent Mission is headed by H.E. Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA & CTBTO and the Special Representative for International Nuclear Cooperation.
 
Through its active engagement with the international organizations in Vienna, the Mission represents UAE Government in various fora  including the  IAEA General Conference, IAEA Board of Governors,  meetings on International Conventions, IAEA committees and working groups, review conferences, CTBTO Preparatory Commissions meetings among others.
 
UAE last held a seat at the IAEA Board of Governors in the period from 2010 until 2012. 
 
Through negotiations with the 35 other Board Members, the UAE participates in assessments and approval of IAEA resolutions, Agency accounts, the programme and budget, and  other considerations related to the work of the Agency. Decisions made at the  Board of Governors  result in recommendations to the General Conference
 
The Permanent Mission maintains close working  relations with representatives of the IAEA Member States, and Agency Officials. The Permanent Mission also fosters similar engagement with the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) to promote the mandate of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) and its entry into force.
 
Through cooperation with different regional-groups representatives, the Mission's diplomats represent the UAE Government interests in the Group of 77 (G77), the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM), the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), the League of Arab States (LAS) and at other specialized  committees, meetings and conferences.