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NNSA Launches Second Annual IAEA General Conference Travel Blog

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) today launched its second annual travel blog – – where online visitors can follow Administrator Thomas D'Agostino and receive updates from the 2010 International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) 54th General Conference in Vienna.

Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is leading the U.S. delegation to the General Conference. Today he delivered the U.S. plenary address to all General Conference attendees and toured the U.S. displays in the IAEA exhibit hall. Deputy Secretary Daniel Poneman and Administrator D’Agostino also are part of the U.S. delegation.

"I am pleased to accompany Secretary Chu and Deputy Secretary Poneman to this year’s General Conference as we continue to implement President Obama’s unprecedented nuclear security agenda with our partners in Vienna,” said Administrator D’Agostino. “The General Conference is an excellent opportunity to meet face-to-face with our international colleagues and to make real progress on the President’s commitment to securing nuclear material, preventing nuclear smuggling, strengthening safeguards and disposing of surplus fissile materials.”

Last April, President Obama delivered a landmark speech in Prague outlining his agenda and announcing a plan to secure all vulnerable nuclear material worldwide. This year, NNSA’s message at the General Conference echoes four main themes from the President’s speech: securing and removing nuclear material; preventing nuclear smuggling, strengthening safeguards and disposing of surplus fissile materials.

The Administrator’s travel blog will feature press releases, updates, photos and video from the General Conference as well as highlights of NNSA’s nonproliferation mission. Updates also will be posted to NNSA’s Facebook and Twitter pages throughout the General Conference.

The IAEA is the central organization for global nuclear cooperation. Set up within the United Nations as the world´s "Atoms for Peace" organization in 1957, the IAEA works with its member states and multiple partners worldwide to promote the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies.

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Established by Congress in 2000, NNSA is a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy responsible for enhancing national security through the military application of nuclear science in the nation's national security enterprise. NNSA maintains and enhances the safety, security, reliability, and performance of the U.S. nuclear weapons stockpile without nuclear testing; reduces the global danger from weapons of mass destruction; provides the U.S. Navy with safe and effective nuclear propulsion; and responds to nuclear and radiological emergencies in the U.S. and abroad.