VERTIC will field a delegation of three to cover the upcoming IAEA General Conference. Andreas Persbo will lead the team comprising himself, Hassan ElBahtimy, the Centre’s nuclear researcher, and Charlotte Spencer-Smith, a student with the Vienna Diplomatic Academy who has volunteered to help out with the coverage. Updates from the Conference will be posted to this blog.
The 53d General Conference will be outgoing IAEA Director-General Mohamed ElBaradei’s last before he hands over the helm to Ambassador Yukiya Amano of Japan. State parties are expected to discuss a wide range of issues, perhaps most importantly the Agency’s budget.
There are, of course, limitations to our reporting. We will, for instance, not report on deliberations behind closed doors except in the most general of terms. But we hope to draw out the main themes of the conference, as well as the many discussions expected in the corridors of the Austria Centre (the traditional conference venue).