UN’s nuclear watchdog looking to appoint new leader in October
A Romanian has taken interim control following the death of director general Yukiya Amano, who was Japanese.
The United Nations’ nuclear watchdog aims to name a new leader in October following the death last month of Yukiya Amano, its director general for the past decade.
The International Atomic Energy Agency said as its board of governors met in Vienna that nominations for the job should be submitted by September 5.
The new director general is expected to be appointed in October and should take office by January 1.
Updates on appointment of new IAEA Director General after the passing of Director General Amano:— International Atomic Energy Agency (@iaeaorg) August 1, 2019
- Receipt of nominations by 5 Sept 2019
- Director General expected to be appointed in Oct 2019
- Person appointed envisaged to assume office no later than 1 Jan 2020 pic.twitter.com/1ePfsETiY3
Cornel Feruta, a Romanian diplomat and the IAEA’s chief coordinator, is serving as the acting director general pending the naming of a permanent successor to Mr Amano.
The Japanese diplomat, who died aged 72, was extensively involved in negotiations over Iran’s nuclear programme and the clean-up of the 2011 Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan.