Implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting

November 29-30, 2012

Agenda Item 3

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 takes note of this progress report by the Director General and would like to express sincere appreciation for the update.  This report on the progress in the implementation of the Agency’s Action Plan on Nuclear Safety is particularly important for Member States, and we welcome the Director General’s updates and continued efforts to ensure that Member States are kept informed of these significant issues.

The United States continues to strongly support the Action Plan and continues to undertake activities aimed at promoting the implementation of the Action Plan.  We particularly note the Second Extraordinary Meeting of the Contracting Parties to the Convention on Nuclear Safety in August that considered the lessons learned from the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear accident and ways of improving the Convention and its effectiveness.

We well understand that the implementation of the Action Plan will take additional resources beyond what Member States have provided in the past.  We all will have to work to ensure that our funding is applied wisely and the tasks it is applied to are prioritized to the utmost.  The United States has provided 3.3 million U.S. dollars this past year to the voluntary contribution for nuclear safety; we worked closely with the Secretariat to maximize and prioritize the funding to the greatest extent.  We earnestly hope that we can continue to maximize the effect of our funding and hope that our fellow Member States can do the same.

Mr. Chairman,

We look forward to the upcoming Fukushima Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Safety, which will be another important step in the Agency’s effort to promote the strengthening of global nuclear safety since the Fukushima accident.  We understand the Secretariat will present reports on three important international experts’ meetings that were held during 2012 that were related to the Action Plan, and are eagerly anticipating these reports.  More generally, we look forward to working closely with the Director General, the Secretariat, and other Member States at the Conference to help advance our shared effort to enhance the global nuclear safety regime.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.