IAEA Technical Cooperation

IAEA Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee (TACC)
November 29-December 1, 2010
Agenda Item Number 2
Technical Cooperation: The Agency’s Proposed Program for 2011
U.S. Statement

Ambassador Glyn T. Davies

Permanent U.S. Representative
to the International Atomic Energy Agency

Mr. Chairman,

My delegation would like to thank the Director General, Deputy Director General Cetto and the Secretariat staff for its preparation of the 2011 Technical Cooperation program. The United States has long been a strong supporter of the TC program, which has enabled over 100 developing Member States to take advantage of nuclear technology.

The United States remains enthusiastically supportive of the IAEA’s technical work to promote peaceful uses of nuclear technology, whether in producing more robust and higher-yielding food crops; sustainably using supplies of fresh water; or in helping to make radiation medicine available for cancer diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care in developing countries through the Agency’s Program of Action for Cancer Therapy. We deeply appreciate the contribution the TC program continues to make to sustainable development and the fulfillment of the Millennium Development Goals.

Our support for these programs affirms our appreciation of their importance. This year, the United States made a voluntary contribution of over 20 million dollars to the Technical Cooperation Fund; we sent approximately 500 experts to participate in IAEA technical meetings; and we pledged over four million dollars in extra-budgetary resources to support training programs, fellowships, and other cost-free experts. These contributions build on our long record of strong support and leadership for the Agency’s activities under the TC and other programs, support that will continue in future years.

In addition to these contributions, this year the United States has contributed nearly ten million dollars towards our 50 million dollar pledge for the Peaceful Uses Initiative, which was announced by Secretary of State Clinton at the NPT Review Conference last May. The Peaceful Uses Initiative is intended as a means of boosting existing support for the IAEA’s peaceful use activities by 100 million dollars over the next five years. U.S. funds have already been committed towards projects relating to cancer therapy, water resource management, food security, and nuclear power infrastructure development. The projects funded with U.S. contributions to the Peaceful Uses Initiative would not have been possible without these additional resources. We welcome Japan’s announcement that it will join us in this initiative, and we hope that other states will consider contributing as well as we seek to close the gap between the requests of Member States for assistance and the ability of the IAEA to provide that assistance. Our commitment to this initiative reflects our belief that peaceful nuclear assistance, including that provided by the TC program, is an essential element of a healthy global nuclear nonproliferation regime. After the Board meeting, I will travel to Indonesia, Singapore, and Vietnam to view technical cooperation projects firsthand.
The United States will continue its efforts to leverage its own contributions and seeks to enlist the widest possible network of public and private donors around the world to further build support for the IAEA’s activities in these areas. There is much more that can be done by the international community to realize the benefits of peaceful nuclear technology on a global basis.
As we work together to meet the needs of Member States for assistance in applying nuclear energy towards development, we must also assure ourselves that this assistance maintains the highest standards in terms of nonproliferation, international health and safety, and security. We encourage the Secretariat to do its utmost to assure the Board that these concerns are considered and addressed in the formulation of the TC program. Our support must be met with equally strong assurance that this important assistance is carried out in a way that meets the highest standards. We would like to commend those Member States that have signed a Revised Supplementary Agreement (RSA) Concerning the Provision of Technical Assistance by the IAEA, while encouraging those Member States that have not signed an RSA to do so. States must be able to determine that projects meet these standards before approving the program; to this end, we welcome the Secretariat’s provision of information about TC projects earlier this year than in the past.
The United States would like to urge the Secretariat to refine the Technical Cooperation Strategy last concluded in 2002. We underline the importance of improving TC management, including transparency in project planning and implementation, with a view to strengthening the trilateral partnership among those Member States providing TC funding, those that receive it, and the Agency.

Finally, I want to thank Madam Ana Maria Cetto for serving ably and with dignity, dedication and collegiality as DDG since 2003. We wish her great success and much fulfillment in her coming pursuits and her private life. We look forward to working in close collaboration with DDG-designate Kwaku Aning next year and for many years to come. He is universally respected and admired. We pledge our unstinting support as he takes on his vital duties. In addition, I want to recognize the dedication and professionalism of the staff members of the TC Department who have compiled the reports before us while also continuing to meet the demands of running the TC program.
With these comments, the United States joins in consensus approval of all the recommended actions set out in GOV/2010/54, including the proposed TC program for 2011 and the financing of the program.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.