Multilateral agreements in nuclear energy

I. Nuclear safety and emergency response

Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident (Early Notification Convention)

The Early Notification Convention establishes a notification system for nuclear accidents that have the potential for an international transboundary release of radioactive material that could be of radiological safety significance for another state.

Adopted: 26 September 1986

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

Entered into force: 27 October 1986

Parties: 122 (including EURATOM, FAO, WHO and WMO) (see table below)

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

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

The current status of the Early Notification Convention is available here.

The following article related to the Early Notification Convention was published in the Nuclear Law Bulletin:

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

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


Last reviewed: 27 November 2018