Overview
 
Since its establishment in 1957, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has played a pivotal role in assisting its Member States in the areas of peaceful uses of nuclear energy and nuclear applications. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has been a Member State of the IAEA since 1976.
 
The undertaking of a nuclear energy programme by the UAE was accompanied by the establishment of a dedicated Permanent Mission to the IAEA in 2008.
 
The Mission constituted the role of main liaison between the UAE Government and the IAEA in Vienna, Austria. UAE maintains close relationship with the IAEA in areas such as:
  • Close cooperation with the IAEA in implementing international agreements and conventions
  • Obtaining assistance and advice from IAEA experts, and requesting peer reviews of UAE activities
  • Closer partnership with the IAEA through providing feedback and assistance in developing the work of the IAEA and its Standards
Close cooperation with the IAEA in implementing international agreements and conventions
  
The UAE concluded  all major international conventions and agreements under the auspices of the IAEA. 
 
  • 1987 – UAE joined the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident
     
  • 1987 – UAE joined the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency
     
  • 1995 – UAE joined the Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons
     
  • 2003 – UAE joined the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement
     
  • 2003 – UAE joined the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials
     
  • 2009 – UAE signed the Additional Protocol to the Safeguards Agreement (ratified 2010)
     
  • 2009 – UAE ratified the Amendment to the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities
     
  • 2009 – UAE joined the Convention on Nuclear Safety
     
  • 2009 – UAE joined the Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management

 

Signing of Additional  Protocol to Safeguards Agreement  by H.E. Ambassador Alkaabi 
Vienna, April 2009
 

The Permanent Mission coordinates the implementation of international obligations stemming from agreements and conventions signed  by the UAE with the IAEA.  The Mission oversees the submission of required national reports and declarations, presents the UAE's efforts  in implementing  the provisions of the conventions and agreements, and coordinates implementation among national stakeholders.
 

National reports can be found at the Documents Section.


 
 
 
Obtaining assistance and advice from IAEA experts and requesting peer reviews of UAE activities
 

The INIR Mission was conducted in a cooperative and open atmosphere, with the participation of various organizations in the UAE that are involved in the introduction of nuclear power.
(Photo: G. Tudor/IAEA)

 
The UAE recognizes the important role that the IAEA plays in facilitating the implementation of effective programmes aimed at improving the scientific and technological capabilities of Member States. The UAE strongly supports the Technical Cooperation Programme under the IAEA, which assists many countries including the UAE to benefit from the Agency’s technical expertise in the areas of nuclear energy, nuclear security, nuclear safety, and other nuclear applications in various fields.
 
The Permanent  Mission  assumes the role of National Liaison Officer,  which constitutes the official channel through which the UAE  partakes in activities with the IAEA in the scope of Technical Cooperation. The Mission coordinates the participation of delegates and experts from the UAE in various IAEA meetings. It furthermore oversees the planning and coordination of national projects.
 
The IAEA supports the UAE nuclear power programme through  its provision of standards, guidance, reviews and assessments, expert missions, technical and other specific assistance upon the UAE Government's request. 
 
The first of these missions, the Integrated Nuclear Infrastructure Review (INIR) Mission, was held in January and assessed the status of the UAE's national nuclear infrastructure. The second, which took place in December of the same year, was the IAEA Integrated Nuclear Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) Mission, and reviewed the UAE's regulatory framework for nuclear safety and radiation protection.
 
The IAEA team of experts highlighted that it is the first time an IRRS Mission was held at such an early stage in a country embarking on a nuclear programme, and this significant progress promotes the UAE approach as a model for nuclear newcomers. 
 
In addition to peer reviews, the UAE made an important step forward in its cooperation with the IAEA when it signed its Country Profile Framework (CPF) in  December 2011. The CPF is meant to build a framework for short-term and medium-term planning of technical cooperation between the UAE and the IAEA for the period of 2012-2016. It provides a concise frame through which national development needs can be addressed using the IAEA’s support in nuclear science and technology.
 
Closer partnership with the IAEA through providing feedback and assistance in developing the work of the IAEA and its Standards
 
The UAE contributes to the work of the IAEA by providing experts and sharing its experience of developing a nuclear programme.  The UAE participates actively at the Nuclear Security Guidance Committee (NSGC) , the Commission on Safety Standards (CSS) , the Nuclear Safety Standards Committee (NUSSC), the Radiation Safety Standards Committee (RASSC), the Technical Working Group on Nuclear Power Infrastructure, and the Steering Committee on Competence of Human Resources for Regulatory Body and the INPRO Steering Committee, among others. 
 
The UAE also supports IAEA initiatives and projects. It pledged USD $10 million to the establishment of the IAEA Fuel Bank. In addition, the UAE contributed USD $1 million to the IAEA project of expansion and enhancement of the Safeguards Analytical Laboratory.