The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an international organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons.
It was established as an autonomous organization on 29 July 1957 independently of the United Nations through its own international treaty, but it reports to both the United Nations General Assembly and Security Council.
It is headquartered at Vienna, Austria. The IAEA serves as an intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the peaceful use of nuclear technology and nuclear power worldwide.
The programs of the IAEA encourage the development of the peaceful applications of nuclear technology; provide international safeguards against misuse of nuclear technology and nuclear materials, and promote nuclear safety (including radiation protection) and nuclear security standards and their implementation.
Areas of work include: Safety and Security; Science and Technology; and Safeguards and Verification.