The IAEA holds a Symposium on International Safeguards every four years. The purpose of this event is to bring together global stakeholders in support of IAEA safeguards. It is an opportunity for Member State safeguards regulatory authorities, the research and development (R&D) community, industry and civil society to identify challenges and opportunities for IAEA safeguards, showcase research, share ideas, and build partnerships.
The year 2022 is a special one for the global safeguards community, with important anniversaries marking 60 years of IAEA inspections, 50 years of comprehensive safeguards agreements (CSAs), as well as 25 years of additional protocols (AP). The past decades have witnessed developments with significant impacts on the nuclear non-proliferation regime and on IAEA safeguards. Adaptation has been key to success. These anniversaries offer a unique moment of reflection, on what has been achieved and what remains to be done. Year 2022 is also an opportune time for envisioning the decades ahead and the future we aspire to create.