The Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs will host a Director's Lunch with Director General Yukiya Amano, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), in the Belfer Center Library (L369).

Some 60 years after U.S. President Dwight D. Eisenhower gave his historic Atoms for Peace speech to the United Nations General Assembly in New York, the IAEA continues to work hard to bring the benefits of peaceful nuclear technology to all parts of the globe and to prevent the spread of nuclear weapons. Director General Amano stresses the IAEA’s unique contribution:

"When I took office nearly four years ago, I pledged to pursue the multiple objectives of the IAEA in a balanced manner. My goal has been to ensure that the IAEA is an effective, well managed technical organization, with high ethical standards, that delivers concrete results and makes a real difference to our Member States. It is touching to meet ordinary people - such as farmers, fishermen or cancer patients - whose lives have improved because of the work of the IAEA. This is something we can all take pride in." (IAEA speech to the 57th General Conference)

Yukiya Amano is Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA, an intergovernmental organization based in Vienna, is the global center for cooperation in nuclear applications, energy, science, and technology. Established in 1957, the Agency works with its Member States and partners to promote safe, secure, and peaceful nuclear technologies and to prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Mr. Amano served as Chair of the Agency’s Board of Governors from September 2005 to September 2006. He was Japan's Resident Representative to the Agency from 2005 until his election as Director General in July 2009. He assumed his duties as IAEA Director General on December 1, 2009. He has extensive experience in disarmament and non-proliferation diplomacy, as well as nuclear energy issues.

At the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Mr. Amano was Director-General for the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation, and Science Department from 2002 until 2005. He previously served as a governmental expert on the U.N. Panel on Missiles and on the U.N. Expert Group on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education. Mr. Amano contributed to the 1995, 2000, and 2005 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conferences, and he chaired the 2007 Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

A graduate of the Tokyo University Faculty of Law, Mr. Amano joined the Japanese Foreign Ministry in April 1972, when he began a series of international postings in Belgium, France, Laos, Switzerland, and the United States.

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