The Board of Governors of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has re-appointed Rafael Grossi as the IAEA’s Director General for a second four-year term.
The IAEA in a statement said that its 35-nation Board adopted the decision by “acclamation”, or a voice vote, at its quarterly meeting last month. The re-appointment is subject to approval by the annual General Conference of the agency’s all 176 member states in September.
“The Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today reappointed by acclamation Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi for a second four-year term in office beginning in early December 2023,” the statement said.
“The 35-nation Board requested that the General Conference – the annual meeting of the IAEA’s 176 Member States – approve the reappointment when it meets in September,” it added.
Grossi is slated to begin his second term in early December this year.
“I’m deeply honoured by the Board’s unanimous decision to appoint me for another term in office, and very grateful for the confidence and trust member states continue to place in me as head of this truly remarkable organisation,” Grossi said in a statement.
“It comes at a time when we face many major challenges, and I’m fully committed to continue to do everything in my power to implement the IAEA’s crucial mission in support of global peace and development,” he added.
Grossi has served as head of the United Nations (UN) nuclear watchdog since December 2019. The IAEA said that Grossi’s second term starts on December 3 this year and runs until December 2, 2027. He is the sixth Director General since the IAEA was established in 1957.