UN chief to meet new IAEA head

10:18, January 09, 2010      

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UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will meet Yukiya Amano, new head of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), at the UN Headquarters in New York on Friday morning, according to UN officials here.

This is Amano's first visit to the UN Headquarters since he took office on Dec. 1, 2009, and he is also the first head of the UN agency to be received by the secretary-general since he moved to a temporary office two weeks ago because of renovations to the Secretariat Building.

The veteran Japanese diplomat, who held senior arms control posts in Japan and was Tokyo's representative at the agency, was elected to be its new director general in July.

Taking up the role at the helm of the Vienna-based body, the 62-year-old pledged to be an "impartial, reliable and professional" leader.

Amano said he would address global issues such as non-proliferation, enhancing nuclear security and addressing energy needs but would also focus on the agency's role in fostering the use of nuclear energy for economic development and medicine.

He has also said he wants to improve communication between the IAEA inspectorate and its governors, and will manage the agency better.

Source: Xinhua
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