Ambassador Holgate Travels to Monaco to Visit IAEA Environment Laboratories

Press Release

Vienna, Austria
November 8, 2016


Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna, will travel to Monaco November 9-10 to visit the International Atomic Energy Agency Environment Laboratories.

The Monaco Laboratories, the only marine laboratories in the United Nations system, are responsible for helping IAEA Member States understand, monitor and protect the marine environment.  Three laboratories use nuclear and isotopic techniques to monitor marine environmental safety, to study the movement of toxins in marine ecosystems, and monitor ocean acidification, a potentially harmful process caused by the absorption of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere.

The United States is a strong supporter of ocean preservation and protection, particularly in the context of UN Sustainable Development Goal 14, “Life Below Water,” and has provided significant extra-budgetary support to the IAEA Laboratories.  Most recently, the U.S. Department of State announced a $600,000 contribution to the Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center through the Peaceful Uses Initiative.

To learn more about U.S. initiatives to protect oceans, visit:

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