Some 60 countries were currently considering launching nuclear energy programmes, Amano said.
"We expect between 10 and 25 new countries to bring their first nuclear power plants on line by 2030," he said.
The growing importance of nuclear energy had had a significant impact on the IAEA's work, Amano continued.
"While it is up to member states to decide whether or not to opt for muclear power, the agency has a key role to play in ensuring that the expansion in nuclear power takes place in an efficient, responsible and sustainable manner."
It was the IAEA's job to help countries put the appropri