IAEA Technical Cooperation: The Agency’s Proposed Program for 2014-15

IAEA Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee Meeting November 25-27, 2013

Agenda Item 2

Technical Cooperation: The Agency’s Proposed Program for 2014-15

U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Macmanus

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,

My delegation would like to thank the Secretariat for its preparation of the 2014-2015 Technical Cooperation program.  We extend our gratitude and commend the strong leadership of Deputy Director General Aning, especially in the implementation of the current TC cycle and preparation of a diverse and multifaceted TC program for the coming two years.  The proposed program reflects the needs of Member States, while simultaneously addressing safeguards, security, and safety concerns to ensure that technical training, knowledge and equipment are being used for their stated purposes.  These essential elements enable all Member States to benefit to the fullest extent from the peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

Significant and long-standing U.S. support for TC activities demonstrates the importance we attach to the program and its unique contributions to international development goals.  Beyond our contribution to the Technical Cooperation Fund, which amounted to nearly $22 million this year, the United States has continued to provide experts and additional extra-budgetary support for training, fellowships, and cost-free experts.

Mr. Chairman, Eighteen Member States and the European Commission have now provided significant in-kind and financial support for projects under the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative.   PUI is an essential component in supporting the Agency’s work in expanding the benefits of peaceful nuclear applications, while illustrating the continued commitment of the United States and others to our NPT Article IV obligations.  The United States has already contributed over $31million through the PUI since its inception, with nearly half being designated for projects implemented by the Department of Technical Cooperation.   I am pleased to announce a new U.S. PUI contribution of $250,000 towards the TC project, “Integrated and Sustainable Management of Shared Aquifer Systems and Basins of the Sahel Region.”  This project exemplifies the benefits of developing and implementing more focused and comprehensive projects at the regional level.  The United States joins with partners of Sweden, Japan, and Australia in supporting the Sahel project.  We will continue to encourage others to contribute to this project and support other aspects of the Agency’s work through the Peaceful Uses Initiative.

Mr. Chairman,

The United States views the TC Program as a critical element of the IAEA’s work.  With this in mind, we encourage other Member States to meet their financial obligations to the TCF, and commend Member States for their continued extra-budgetary contributions.  We urge countries to pay their fair target share to the TCF, first and foremost, before considering contributions of other extra-budgetary funds.   We also encourage the timely payment of national participation costs by Member States, which helps facilitate efficient project implementation, which we strongly support.

I would also like to commend the Agency’s efforts on pioneering the use of nuclear technology and other scientific techniques in support of a sustainable marine environment, the Director General’s focus for 2013. U.S. Secretary of State Kerry is keenly interested in calling greater attention to the significant threats facing the world’s oceans, and strongly supports the IAEA’s and the Director General’s commitment to addressing this critical issue.

Finally, I would like to commend the staff members of the TC Department and the broader Secretariat, whose dedication and professionalism continually meet the demands of administering the TC program.  The United States will be pleased to join consensus in recommending for approval the Agency’s proposed program for 2014-2015, as contained in document “GOV/2013/49/Addendum 1”, to the Board of Governors.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.