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21 July 2022, 19:22

Belarus-IAEA cooperation history presented at exhibition in national library

The National Library of Belarus. An archive photo
The National Library of Belarus. An archive photo

MINSK, 21 July (BelTA) – The history of creation of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the history of the agency's cooperation with Belarus, scientific programs, and the organization's normative legal documents are presented at the exhibition IAEA: Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow in the National Library of Belarus, BelTA has learned.

Representatives of the National Library of Belarus said the exhibition is dedicated to the 65th anniversary of the foundation of the International Atomic Energy Agency. It offers a glimpse at the history of the agency's creation, its structure and main development stages, the regulatory framework of cooperation between the International Atomic Energy Agency and the Republic of Belarus.

IAEA documents constitute most of the exposition. Those are annual reports of the organization, resolutions and decisions of the general conference and the board of governors, reports on technical cooperation, annual reviews and evaluations of nuclear safety. Apart from that, the exhibition features books, brochures, mimeographed materials of the United Nations Organization, periodical editions, and booklets.

The books on display include collected volumes of international legal documents and national regulatory acts on nuclear energy industry, monographs, reference books, collections of scientific articles on nuclear safety, and other ones. The exhibition is divided into sections dedicated to the history of creation, goals, and functions of the International Atomic Energy Agency, to efforts to ensure reliable and safe usage of nuclear technologies through the IAEA requirements and safety guidelines, to IAEA research programs, to IAEA normative legal documents, and to Belarus' cooperation with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

About 80 documents in Russian and English are on display. The exhibition will be interesting for specialists in the area of disarmament and security, nuclear energy, international relations, engineers and technical personnel, ecologists, political analysts, sociologists, students, postgraduate students, and professors of higher education institutions.

The International Atomic Energy Agency is the world's leading intergovernmental organization for scientific and technical cooperation in the nuclear field. Its activities are geared towards safe use of nuclear science and technology for peaceful purposes and contribute to the maintenance of international peace and security. At present 175 states are members of the IAEA. The Republic of Belarus has been a member of the IAEA since the agency's inception. Belarus has a well-developed contractual and legal framework for cooperation with the agency. Belarus is a party to an overwhelming majority of international conventions concluded under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency. Belarus and the IAEA have signed an agreement on the application of safeguards in connection with the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons. Regular IAEA inspections are arranged in Belarus in accordance with the agreement.

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