The decision was made at the plenary session of the IAEA General Conference in Vienna on 17 September. The fact that Belarus was elected to the IAEA Board of Governors shows that the country’s achievements in nuclear power engineering and the application of nuclear technologies in science, healthcare, and other fields are internationally recognized.
The IAEA Board of Governors generally meets five times per year to discuss major reports, the IAEA program and budget, and develop recommendations on the key activities of the agency. The Board of Governors also adopts safeguards agreements and draft IAEA safety standards, appoints the IAEA Director General, examines cases related to the violation of nuclear non-proliferation obligations, and decides on further steps that may include the submission of the case to the UN Security Council for consideration.
Membership in the IAEA Board of Governors will provide Belarus with an opportunity to take direct participation in the IAEA decision-making process.