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International Organizations

The NRC participates in several international nuclear organizations:

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is a significant center for cooperation in the nuclear field. It was set up as the world's "Atoms for Peace" organization in 1957 within the United Nations (UN) family. The IAEA works with its Member States and other partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure, and peaceful use of nuclear technologies. The IAEA's mission is guided by the interests and needs of Member States and the vision embodied in the IAEA Statute. The IAEA programs of work and budget are set through decisions of its policymaking bodies: the 35‑member Board of Governors and the General Conference of all 169 IAEA Member States. There are five technical departments within the IAEA focusing on various aspects of nuclear cooperation and its verification mandate: safety and security, safeguards, nuclear energy, nuclear applications, and technical cooperation. NRC staff routinely support IAEA activities as technical experts to help advance the shared goals of the United States Government and the IAEA.

The Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA), established in 1958 as part of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), brings together nuclear power and technology experts from the countries with the most extensive experience and capabilities to achieve common understanding to advance the application of nuclear energy technologies. NEA membership consists of 33 countries making up 84 percent of the world's installed nuclear electricity generating capacity. NRC participates in the NEA through ongoing representation on various standing technical committees, working groups, and focused initiatives. NEA's support of detailed engineering and technological studies complements and expands NRC's research program in a cost-effective way. NRC also participates in the Multinational Design Evaluation Programme (MDEP) as one of 16 nuclear regulatory authorities that are currently or will be tasked with the review of new nuclear power reactor designs.The NEA facilitates MDEP activities that leverage the resources and knowledge of its members.

The International Nuclear Regulators Association (INRA) was established in 1997 and is an association that comprises the most senior officials of the nuclear regulatory authorities from the INRA member countries, which include Canada, France, Germany, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States. INRA's main purpose is to exchange regulatory policy perspectives at a high-level to enhance nuclear safety and security among its members and worldwide.

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