IAEA Technical Cooperation

IAEA Board of Governors: Statement on Technical Cooperation

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
December 2-3, 2010

Agenda Item Number 3

Technical Cooperation: Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee (TACC)

U.S. Statement

Ambassador Glyn Davies

Permanent U.S. Representative to the International Atomic Energy Agency
Mr. Chairman,
In a speech given at the Millennium Development Goals Summit in September 2010, President Obama announced the release of a new U.S. Global Development Policy including the Global Health Initiative, the Feed the Future Initiative, and the Global Climate Change Initiative.  I would like once again to reaffirm my government’s commitment to seek global solutions to global challenges, in particular through multilateral institutions.

The IAEA’s Technical Cooperation program is a prime example of a multilateral institution working productively to address sickness, poverty, pollution, and other global Millennium Development Goals, in this case through the application of nuclear techniques.  An essential component of the TC program’s work in these areas is in establishing or maintaining sustainable, highly specialized, and trained human resources in all areas of nuclear sciences and applications through capacity building.   The United States has long been a strong supporter of the TC program, a fact which we have underscored this year through the Peaceful Uses Initiative, pledging to expand our support for IAEA activities related to development by $50 million over the next five years and seeking matching funds from other Member States.  We welcome Japan as a partner in this effort, and we hope to be joined by others in highlighting the importance which we ascribe to the Agency’s many activities in this area.  We are convinced that with these increased resources, the IAEA can do even more to assist Member States access to the many benefits of peaceful nuclear energy.

In addition to this initiative, the United States will continue its long-standing support of the Technical Cooperation Fund, and we seek to enlist the widest possible network of public and private donors around the world to support these critical programs.

At the same time, we wish to underscore that it is more important than ever that the Agency maintain a watchful awareness that safety, security, safeguards, and nonproliferation goals are incorporated into the design and execution of projects within the TC program.  A demonstrated commitment to this “one house” approach will help provide additional confidence that all aspects of the IAEA’s mission are fully reflected in these projects; such confidence is key in ensuring continued support for activities that make such a positive contribution to all Member States.

While the United States underlines our strong commitment to the TC program and peaceful uses more broadly, we also underscore our objectives for improved, results-based management, as well as transparency in project planning and implementation, of the TC program, with a view to ensuring Member States are able to meet their national obligations and the objectives of the IAEA Statute.

We request that the Secretariat revise the 2002 Technical Cooperation Strategy in consultation with Member States, as agreed upon by consensus in the 2010 General Conference resolution on “Strengthening the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Activities.”

We also join our colleagues in thanking outgoing DDG Ana Marie Cetto for her longstanding, selfless service, and extend a warm welcome to incoming DDG Kwaku Aning, who is so well and favorably known to all Member States.

Mr. Chairman, the United States joins in consensus approval of all the recommended actions described in documents GOV/2010/69 and GOV/2010/54, including the proposed Technical Cooperation program for 2011 as well as the financing of the program.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.