Multilateral agreements in nuclear energy

I. Nuclear safety and emergency response

Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency (Convention on Assistance)

The Convention on Assistance sets up a framework for states parties to co-operate amongst themselves and with the International Atomic Energy Agency to facilitate prompt assistance in the event of a nuclear accident or radiological emergency.

Adopted: 26 September 1986

Opened for signature: 26 September 1986 (Vienna) and 6 October 1986 (New York)

Entered into force: 26 February 1987

Parties: 115 (including EURATOM, FAO, WHO and WMO) (see table below)

More information on the Convention on Assistance, including the text, is available here.

The text of the Convention on Assistance is also reproduced in the Supplement to Nuclear Law Bulletin No. 38.

The current status of the Convention on Assistance is available here.

The following article related to the Convention on Assistance was published in the Nuclear Law Bulletin:

Parties to the Convention on Assistance in the Case of a Nuclear Accident or Radiological Emergency

Albania Finland* Madagascar Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
Algeria Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia Malaysia Saudi Arabia
Argentina* France* Mali Senegal
Armenia* Gabon Mauritania Serbia
Australia Germany* Mauritius Singapore
Austria Greece Mexico* Slovakia*
Bangladesh Guatemala Moldova Slovenia*
Belarus Hungary* Monaco South Africa*
Belgium* Iceland Mongolia Spain*
Bolivia India* Montenegro Sri Lanka
Bosnia and Herzegovina Indonesia Morocco Sweden*
Botswana Iran* Mozambique Switzerland*
Brazil* Iraq Netherlands* Tajikistan
Bulgaria* Ireland New Zealand Tanzania
Burkina Faso Israel Nicaragua Thailand
Cameroon Italy Niger Tunisia
Canada* Japan* Nigeria Turkey
Chile Jordan Norway Ukraine*
China* Kazakhstan Oman United Arab Emirates
Colombia Korea* Pakistan* United Kingdom*
Costa Rica Kuwait Panama United States*
Croatia Lao People's Democratic Republic Paraguay Uruguay
Cuba Latvia Peru Vietnam
Cyprus Lebanon Philippines EURATOM
Czech Republic* Lesotho Poland Food and Agriculture Organisation
Denmark Libya Portugal World Health Organisation
Egypt Liechtenstein Qatar World Meteorological Organisation
El Salvador Lithuania Romania*  
Estonia Luxembourg Russia*  

* Country with at least one nuclear power plant in operation.



Last reviewed: 21 June 2017