U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting

November 28-29, 2013

 

Agenda Item 2

 

Technical Cooperation: Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee

 

U.S. Statement as delivered by Deputy Permanent Representative Hushek

 

 

Thank you, Mr. Chairman,

 

 

I would like to commend the Secretariat, Deputy Director General Aning, and the staff of the Technical Cooperation Department for their continuing efforts to ensure the Technical Cooperation (TC) program is effectively responding to Member States’ needs.

 

The United States is strongly supportive of a well-managed and efficient TC program that maximizes the use of its available resources.   We also support the results-based management approach that focuses on project outcomes and enhancing sustainable development for Member States.  In addition, we welcome the 2014-2015 program for taking into account important issues across other IAEA departments, with a continued focus on safeguards, security, and safety.  This ensures that all assistance provided meets the IAEA Statute’s requirement of not being used to further any military purpose.

Mr. Chairman,

 

The United States continues to strongly support the TC Program and the IAEA’s peaceful use programs, which play key roles in contributing to sustainable development.  In addition to helping interested Member States pursue nuclear power programs to meet their growing energy needs, the IAEA brings unique expertise and capabilities to address challenges in the areas of human health, water resource management, food security, and in supporting a sustainable marine environment – an issue that was effectively highlighted in the 2013 Scientific Forum at the 57th General Conference.  It is in our collective interest to ensure that TC receives appropriate resources to perform its essential work.   To that end, the United States has consistently been among the largest contributors to the Technical Cooperation Fund (TCF).  We continue to encourage states that have not yet made their contributions to the TCF to do so and, where applicable, pay their National Participation Costs in a timely manner.

 

Mr. Chairman, the United States plans to participate actively in the upcoming Working Group on financing the Agency’s activities.  In that context, we look forward to an open exchange of views and we encourage Member States to engage constructively to strengthen the TC program.

Mr. Chairman,

 

The United States would like to highlight the importance of the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) in generating significant extra-budgetary resources for the Department of Technical Cooperation and other Agency peaceful uses programs.  PUI also affords greater flexibility and the means to respond to breaking events.  The United States has committed over $15 million in PUI funds to TC activities alone, which is in addition to our regular contribution to the TCF.  We commend the European Commission and the 17 other member states that also provided in-kind or financial support to PUI, and we encourage other countries to contribute to the initiative.  Our PUI support is in addition to our regular contribution to the TCF.   While we encourage others to contribute to the PUI, we also continue to emphasize that PUI contributions should complement – but in no way replace – traditional mechanisms of support through the TCF.

 

Mr. Chairman,

 

It is also important to mention the role of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf in contributing to the success of the TC Program.  The NA labs are in urgent need of modernization, and the United States fully supports addressing this need through the project now called ReNuAL.   We commend Japan for its PUI contribution to support this project and we thank South Africa for its leadership in drafting a resolution on ReNuAL at the recent General Conference.  This resolution was adopted by consensus and co-sponsored by many countries, including the United States.   The United States is currently supporting the ReNuAL project through in-kind contributions.  We attach great importance to working with a broad group of Member States to continue progress toward completing this important project.

 

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.