IAEA Board of Governors, Agenda Item 6, Implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, Statement by Chargé d”Affaires Robert Wood

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
June 4-8, 2012

Agenda Item 6

Implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety

U.S. Statement

Robert Wood
Chargé d’Affaires
U.S. Mission to the IAEA 

Mr. Chairman,

The United States would like to take this opportunity to thank the Director General and the Secretariat for providing this report and for their efforts to implement the Action Plan.  We welcome these updates, as they promote continued collaboration and information sharing between the Secretariat and Member States and assist us all in our efforts to implement the Action Plan.

Mr. Chairman,

The United States will continue to work with the Agency and Member States to further develop the Action Plan and to implement it.   As president of the G-8 in 2012, the United States is also supporting implementation of the Action Plan through the G-8’s Nuclear Safety and Security Group activities.  Moreover, the United States will further assist Action Plan initiatives through its voluntary contributions to the IAEA for nuclear safety.  The United States continues to encourage the Agency to prioritize the projects under the Action Plan to the extent practicable.  To avoid the inefficient use of resources, it would be useful for Member States to be able to see the prioritization plans before the Agency convenes multiple technical or consultancy meetings.  It would be also useful to see budgeting estimates for the plans.

Mr. Chairman,

We note the increase in demand for IAEA peer review services and that the Secretariat is preparing a long term plan to address this demand, taking into account the availability of IAEA and international experts.  We wish to be kept updated on the development of this plan, understanding the cost in human resources for conducting the peer reviews.
Mr. Chairman,

Again, the United States expresses its gratitude to the Agency for this report, and we look forward to working with the Secretariat and other Member States to continue to strengthen the global nuclear safety framework.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.