UN agency tackles potential nuclear threat at European soccer championships

When the 2012 European soccer championships kick off in Poland and Ukraine next June, the United Nations atomic energy will be centrefield offering its expertise to guarantee the safety of the tournament’s spectators and participants.

Ban welcomes Indonesia’s ratification of treaty banning nuclear tests

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon welcomed today’s ratification by Indonesia of the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT), and encouraged all States that have not yet done so to sign and ratify this instrument to advance its entry into force.

Broad global support for Middle East nuclear-weapon-free zone, says UN official

Broad international support exists for a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, although there are long-standing differences of opinion about it among the region’s countries, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today.

UN agency seeks visit to clarify nature of Iran’s nuclear programme

The head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said today there is credible information that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon and called on the country to agree to a visit by a high-level team to clarify the nature of its nuclear programme.

UN atomic agency completes review of Japan’s response to nuclear disaster

The United Nations atomic energy agency today completed its assessment of Japan’s response to nuclear contamination in areas around the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear power plant that was damaged during the massive earthquake and tsunami that struck the country in March.

Vital that lessons are learned from Japanese nuclear accident, says UN official

Nuclear security is an extremely important issue for all countries and it is vital that the right lessons are learned from the accident at the Japanese power plant earlier this year, the head of the United Nations International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) told Member States.

Dream of nuclear-weapon-free world is possible, Ban says

As the world prepares to welcome its 7 billionth inhabitant next week, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon today stressed the need to achieve a future for the entire human family that is free of nuclear weapons.

Finland to host 2012 talks on setting up nuclear-weapon-free zone in Middle East

Finland will host the conference to be held next year on the establishment of a nuclear-weapon-free zone in the Middle East, it was announced today at the United Nations.

Talks begin on UN study of health, environmental impacts of Fukushima accident

Members of a United Nations task force looking into the health and environmental impacts of the accident earlier this year at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan today began discussions on how to move forward with their assessment.

Marshall Islands calls on UN to acknowledge past history on nuclear testing

The United Nations has failed to accept the consequences of the decisions it took on nuclear testing in the 1950s, and the people of the Marshall Islands are still paying the penalty physically and psychologically, the country’s Foreign Minister said today.