A commemorative postage stamp on the 23rd International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Conference, New Delhi :
Issued on Dec 4, 1979
Issued for : Indian Posts & Telegraphs Department feels honoured to issue a special stamp to commemorate the 23rd General Conference of the International Atomic Energy Agency being held in New Delhi.
Description of Design : The stamp depicts the symbol of the International Atomic Energy Agency alongwith the symbolic representation of peace dove.
Type : Stamp, Mint Condition
Colour : Multicolour
Denomination : 100 Paise
Overall size : 3.91 X 2.90 cms.
Printing size : 3.55 X 2.54 cms.
Perforation : 13 X 13
Watermark : Printed on unwater–marked adhesive stamp paper
Number printed : 20,00,000
Number per issue sheet : 35
Printing process : Photogravure
Designed and printed at : India Security Press
- The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) came into being on 29 July 1957. Its headquarters is located in the Austrian capital of Vienna. The membership has grown from 57 Member-States in 1957 to a present total of 110, of which 79 are developing countries. Although autonomous, IAEA is a member of the United Nations System and sends reports of its work to the General Assembly and other United Nations Organs. Its Secretariat, which is headed by a Director General, consists of about 1500 international civil servants recruited from over 60 Member-States [All the stats given above are of the time of issuance of this stamp].
- The main objective of IAEA, as defined in its Statute, is to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world and to ensure that the assistance provided by it is not used to further any military purpose.
- The executive organ of the Agency is the Board of Governors comprising representatives of 34 Member-States, 12 of whom are designated by the Board and 22 elected by the General Conference. Since the inception of the Agency, India has been a member of the Board of Governors as one of the nine countries most advanced in the technology of atomic energy. India’s active participation in the Agency’s activities reflects the recognition of its important role in promoting peaceful utilisation of atomic energy.
- The General Conference of IAEA with participation of all the 110 Member-States was convened in regular annual sessions for a general debate on its policies and programmes. The General Conference considered the budget and annual report of the Agency, approved applications for membership, elected new members to the Board of Governors in replacement of those whose terms have expired. The IAEA General Conference had been held away from IAEA headquarters in Vienna only on rare occasions. The holding of the General Conference in India represented the fourth occasion on which it had been held outside Vienna.