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Finland to the IAEA Board of Governors

Ministry for Foreign AffairsMinistry of Economic Affairs and Employment
Publication date 23.9.2021 12.32
Press release

At its 65th General Conference, the International Atomic Energy Agency IAEA elected Finland to the IAEA Board of Governors for a two-year term from September 2021 to September 2023 with a possible extension for a third year.

The International Atomic Energy Agency is an autonomous UN organisation created in 1957. It was set up to promote peaceful and safe use of nuclear energy and, in line with the principles of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT), to prevent diversion of nuclear energy from peaceful uses. The IAEA plays a central role in verifying the implementation of Iran’s nuclear-related commitments under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as well as in increasing international trust. 

Finland’s general objectives in the IAEA are to strengthen the international non-proliferation regime and to promote safe and peaceful use of nuclear energy and technologies. During the upcoming term in the Board of Governors, Finland’s priorities will include supporting the IAEA’s independent expert role in nuclear safeguards and in the promotion of nuclear safety and security, contributing to the use of new technologies in the development of the IAEA’s monitoring system and regulations, and strengthening and promoting Finland’s expertise in the nuclear sector.

Finland’s expertise in the nuclear field and its position at the leading edge in the development of new solutions, for example the final disposal of spent nuclear fuel, attract a great deal of interest among IAEA experts and other Member States. 

Liisa Heikinheimo, Senior Ministerial Adviser, Ministry of Economic Affairs and Employment, tel. +358 295 047 035
Johanna Salovaara-Dean, Counsellor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, tel. +358 295 350 593

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