The International Atomic Energy Agency serves as the world’s central intergovernmental forum for scientific and technical cooperation in the peaceful uses of nuclear energy. Since its inception in 1957, the IAEA has been instrumental in the peaceful development of nuclear energy and the application of international safeguards. The Agency assists its 125 member states in the development of a nuclear infrastructure through the systematic transfer of nuclear data, expertise and technology. It works to ensure, so far as it is able, that assistance provided by it is not used in such a way as to further any military purpose. The main office of IAEA is in Vienna, Austria.