IAEA chief to lead mission to Chernobyl, Ukraine

IAEA chief to lead mission to Chernobyl, Ukraine

Recently, under the chairmanship of ‘International Atomic Energy Agency’ (IAEA) Director General ‘Rafael Grossi’, a support mission for Ukraine’s defunct Chernobyl nuclear power plant’ is being launched.

Its purpose is to help prevent the threat of a nuclear accident during the ongoing Moscow-Kyiv War.

Background:

Since the withdrawal of Russian forces from the Chernobyl nuclear plant, Ukraine has taken significant steps to protect the “world’s worst nuclear accident site”. It should be noted that, there are various radioactive waste management centers located in Chernobyl.

But due to damaged bridges and de-mining activities, normalcy remains difficult in the vicinity of the region.

International Atomic Energy Agency

  • The IAEA was established in the year 1957 under the United Nations Organization as the ‘Atomic Organization for Global Peace’. It is an international autonomous organization.
  • It’s headquarter is located in Vienna, Austria.
  • The IAEA reports to both the United Nations General Assembly and the Security Council.

Main work/Duties:

  • The IAEA works with its member states and various partners to promote the safe, sound and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.
  • Its purpose is to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to prevent its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons.

Source – The Hindu

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