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Bangladesh elected member of IAEA’s board of governors for 3rd time

Bangladesh was yesterday elected a member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the third time since it joined the 177-nation global organisation in 1972.

The election took place in the 67th General Conference of the IAEA being held in Vienna from September 25 to 29, according to a foreign ministry statement.

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Minister for Science and Technology, Architect Yafes Osman is leading the Bangladesh delegation to this conference.

Bangladesh will be representing the geographic region of Middle East and South Asia, comprising 15 countries, in the 35-member Board of Governors.

The board is one of the two governance organs of the IAEA, which oversees the organisation routinely and reports to the general conference.

IAEA is helping Bangladesh to ensure safety, security and the safeguard issues related to the Ruppoor Nuclear Power Plant apart from knowledge and technology transfer in other areas of peaceful uses of the nuclear energy including food security, health and nutrition, and pollution reduction.

In his statement in the general conference, Minister Yafes Osman reiterated Bangladesh's deep commitment to the peaceful use of nuclear energy for the development and welfare of her people.

He also reflected that as a member of the board, Bangladesh would promote the realisation of the full potential of nuclear energy for its usages of green growth and global poverty reduction, including attaining the SDGs.