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Bangladesh elected to IAEA board

Published : 30 Sep 2023 10:48 PM

Bangladesh has been elected as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the third time since it joined the 177-nation global organization in 1972.

The election was held in the 67th General Conference of the IAEA in Vienna from September 25 to 29.

Science & Technology Minister Architect Yafes Osman led the Bangladesh delegation to this conference. Bangladesh will be representing the geographic region of Middle East and South Asia, comprising 15 countries, in the 35 members Board of Governors.

The Board is one of the two governance organs of the IAEA which oversees the organization routinely and reports to the General Conference.

IAEA is helping Bangladesh to ensure safety, security and the safeguard issues related to the Ruppoor Nuclear Power Plant besides knowledge and technology transfer in other areas of peaceful uses of the nuclear energy including food security, health & Nutrition, and pollution reduction.  

In his statement in the General Conference, the Minister reiterated Bangladesh’s deep commitment to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for the development and welfare of her people.

He also reflected that as a member of the Board, Bangladesh would promote the realization of the full potential of nuclear energy for its usages of green growth and global poverty reduction including attaining the SDGs.