As a founding member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and a member of the Board of Governors, Switzerland contributes to its budget and is involved in its decision-making.
As an IAEA member Switzerland takes an active part in various IAEA forums such as the General Conference, which is the supreme governing body of the IAEA that meets in regular session in mid-September every year. Switzerland's membership of the Board of Governors, which meets at least five times annually, takes place on a rotational basis with other countries of the Western European Group (WEG) according to a set rhythm. Switzerland co-chaired the WEG with Italy from 2014 to 2015 and has a seat on the IAEA Board of Governors for three years as from autumn 2014.
Switzerland's contribution to the IAEA amounts to CHF 5 million per year or 1.2% of the IAEA's total regular budget. In addition, Switzerland supports the IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund.
In Switzerland, the Swiss Federal Office for Energy (SFOE), the FDFA and the Swiss Federal Nuclear Safety Inspectorate are responsible for IAEA matters. Switzerland is a founding member of the International Atomic Energy Agency, a specialised agency of the UN system, which was established in 1957.