Founding supporters

WNU was inaugurated in 2003 under a declaration of commitment by 32 initial participants and four founding supporters. WNU’s four founding members consist of two industry organisations: the World Nuclear Association and the World Association of Nuclear Operators (WANO); and two intergovernmental organisations: the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Nuclear Energy Agency (NEA) of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development. Since its inception, the WNU network has expanded to include more than 40 intergovernmental, academic and industry institutions in some 30 countries.

The WNU Chancellor is Dr Hans Blix, Director General-Emeritus of the IAEA, who headed that UN agency for 16 years and later served as chief of the United Nations Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission.