On June 16-17, 2010, in Accra, Ghana, the Partner countries of the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership formally agreed to transform the partnership into the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) and adopt a new Statement of Mission, endorsement of which is the sole action required of invited states to become IFNEC Participants. The transformation from GNEP was agreed upon by the Partners in order to provide a broader scope with wider participation to explore mutually beneficial approaches to ensure the expansion of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes proceeds in a manner that is efficient, safe, secure, and supports non-proliferation and safeguards. The International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation consists of 33 Participant countries, 31 Observer countries and 5 international observer organizations.
"The International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation provides a forum for cooperation among participating states to explore mutually beneficial approaches to ensure the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes proceeds in a manner that is efficient and meets the highest standards of safety, security and non-proliferation. Participating states would not give up any rights and voluntarily engage to share the effort and gain the benefits of economical, peaceful nuclear energy."
- Adopted June 16, 2010 in Accra, Ghana