International Organization Honors U.S. Veteran Scientist

International nuclear verification and monitoring experts from around the world came to Vienna, Austria March 12-23 to participate in the 50th Working Group B (WGB) session of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO).  This subsidiary body, tasked with advancing the CTBTO’s nuclear verification technical goals, is comprised of dedicated professionals ...
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Event – On Banning the Bomb: A Critique

Brad Roberts, Director for the Center for Global Security Research at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory On July 7, 2017, the United Nations General Assembly passed the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons with the goal of the total elimination of nuclear weapons. The United States has opposed such a treaty, however, since global security ...
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Press Release: U.S. Welcomes Commission on Narcotic Drugs Vote on Carfentanil

Press Release March 14, 2018 Vienna, Austria   U.S. Welcomes Commission on Narcotic Drugs Vote on Carfentanil   The United States welcomes today’s unanimous vote at the Commission on Narcotic Drugs in Vienna to add carfentanil, a synthetic opioid 10,000 times more powerful than morphine, to the list of controlled substances under the UN Single ...
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Media Note: Policy Planning Director Hook’s Travel to Vienna

U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE Office of the Spokesperson For Immediate Release MEDIA NOTE March 14, 2018   Policy Planning Director Hook’s Travel to Vienna Director for Policy Planning Brian Hook will lead the U.S. delegation to the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) Joint Commission meeting in Vienna on March 16.  Under the terms of the ...
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United Nations in Vienna Taking Action to Stem International Flow of Dangerous Opioids

U.S. Focuses on Carfentanil during Commission on Narcotic Drugs Drug overdose is now the leading cause of death for Americans under the age of 50. While the opioid epidemic has reached crisis proportions in the United States, it is far from being an exclusively American problem. “Families, communities, and citizens across our country are currently ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Any Other Business

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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Syria

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 5-9, 2018   Agenda Item 5(c)   Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic   U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine   Mr. Chair, The United States thanks the Director General for his update, and for his commitment to addressing ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: DPRK

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 5-9, 2018 Agenda Item 5 (b)   Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea                                                                              U.S. Statement as delivered by IAEA Counselor Keith Andertonn     Thank you, Madam Chair. As we recall the strong resolution on the DPRK adopted at the last General Conference, the ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Iran

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 5-8, 2018   Agenda Item 4   Verification and Monitoring in Iran U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine   Mr. Chair, The United States welcomes the Director General’s February 22 report on verification and monitoring in Iran, and we once again extend our appreciation ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 5-9, 2018 Agenda Item 3 Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications Nuclear Technology Review 2018 U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Chargé d’affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine   Good morning, Madam Chair, The United States remains committed to the peaceful uses and applications of nuclear ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Nuclear Safety

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 5-9, 2018   Agenda Item Number 2(a) and 2(b) Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear, Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety: Nuclear Safety Review 2018 Draft Safety Requirements: Regulations for the Safe Transport of Radioactive Material 2018 Edition   Ruthenium-106   U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Chargé d’affaires ...
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World Cancer Day: International Solutions for a Global Crisis

Cancer and cancer-related diseases claim the lives of eight million people worldwide each year.  Fourteen million new cases of cancer are diagnosed annually, and more than 60% of those cases occur in low and middle-income countries, where treatment capacities are limited and resources already scarce. February 4 is  World Cancer Day , a day when we shine a spotlight ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Any Other Business

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting November 23-24, 2017 Agenda Item 6: Any Other Business U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine   Mr. Chairperson, For the sake of efficiency, please let me address a number of issues under AOB in one consolidated statement. I apologize in advance for its length. First, ...
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U.S. Statement on Corruption

7th Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention against Corruption November 6-10, 2017 Vienna, Austria   Opening Remarks by James A. Walsh, Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, U.S. Department of State   Edited as delivered, Tuesday, November 7, 2017   Madam President, distinguished delegates, and members of ...
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Reforming Reform: The Anti-Corruption Agenda After 30 Years

    Prof. Michael Johnston will discuss the timeline and evolution of anti-corruption efforts worldwide since the end of the Cold War, including persistent problems in the international anti-corruption agenda and prospects for the future. Professor Michael Johnston, Charles A. Dana Professor of Political Science, Emeritus, at Colgate University, & Distinguished Professor at the International ...
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U.S. Statement on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century

International Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Power in the 21st Century  Abu Dhabi, UAE 30 October–1 November 2017 October 31, 2017 Edward McGinnis  Acting Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Energy United States Department of Energy U.S. National Statement As Prepared   Introduction On behalf of the United States Government, and in particular Secretary of Energy Rick Perry, ...
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Drug Addiction and the Opioid Crisis: Updates from Washington and Vienna

THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 26, 2017   PRESIDENT DONALD J. TRUMP IS TAKING ACTION ON DRUG ADDICTION AND THE OPIOID CRISIS   “The best way to prevent drug addiction and overdose is to prevent people from abusing drugs in the first place.  If they don’t start, they ...
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U.S. National Statement to the IAEA General Conference

International Atomic Energy Agency 61st IAEA General Conference 18-22 September 2017   U.S. National Statement U.S. Secretary of Energy Rick Perry   Thank you, Ambassador Maria Zeneida Angara Collinson. Congratulations on your election as President of this Conference. I also want to thank Director General Amano for his outstanding service.  Since 2009, the IAEA has ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA General Conference on North Korea

International Atomic Energy Agency 61st IAEA General Conference 18-22 September 2017 US Remarks on the Adoption of the 2017 DPRK GC Resolution Nicole Shampaine, Chargé d’affaires U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna Madame President, The United States welcomes the unanimous adoption of this year’s general conference resolution on the implementation of safeguards in the ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Any Other Business

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 11-15, 2017 Agenda Item 9:  Any Other Business U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine     Mr. Chairman, For the sake of efficiency, I would like to address a number of issues under AOB in one consolidated statement.  I apologize in advance for its length. ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on the 2018-2021 Nuclear Security Plan

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 11-15, 2017   Agenda Item 4 (b) Nuclear Security Plan U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine   Mr. Chairman, First, let me tell you how pleased we were to hear from a number of Member States on Monday and Tuesday about how much they value ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on Women in the Secretariat

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 11-15, 2017   Agenda Item 8(b) (ii)   Women in the Secretariat   U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affairs a.i. Nicole Shampaine   Mr Chairman, We remain concerned about the underrepresentation of women in the Agency’s professional and higher categories. At the same time, we acknowledge and appreciate ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on the Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 11-15, 2017   Agenda Item 8(a)   Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East   U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States thanks the Director General for his clear and factual report on the “Application of IAEA ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on Syria

  IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 11-15, 2017   Agenda Item 7(b)   Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic   U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine   Mr. Chairman, The United States thanks the Director General for his report on the implementation of safeguards ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on North Korea

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 11-15, 2017 Agenda Item 7(b) Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea                                                                                         U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine     Thank you, Mr. Chairman.   The United States condemns in the strongest possible terms the DPRK’s unlawful nuclear and ballistic ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on Iran

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 11-15, 2017   Agenda Item 6   Verification and Monitoring in Iran U.S. Statement as Delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Nicole Shampaine     Mr. Chairman, The United States once again extends its appreciation to the Director General, the Deputy Director General for Safeguards, and their staff for their excellent ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 11-15, 2017   Agenda Item 5   Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications U.S. Statement as delivered by Counselor for IAEA Affairs Keith Anderton   Mr. Chairman, The Director General’s report on “Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications” describes ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors on Nuclear Security

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 11-15, 2017   Agenda Item 4 (a) Nuclear Security U.S.  Statement as delivered by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine     Mr. Chairman, The United States remains committed to working with the IAEA and its Member States to ensure that nuclear materials and facilities remain secure.  Together our ...
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U.S. Statement on the IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 11-15, 2017   Agenda Item 3c   Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources: Guidance on the Management of Disused Radioactive Sources   U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine     Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States is happy ...
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Latest North Korean Developments: U.S. Statements

Please find below statements on recent developments in North Korea by President Trump and senior U.S. Government Officials. Press Releases: Remarks at the UN Security Council Ministerial Meeting on D.P.R.K. 12/15/2017 11:27 AM EST Remarks Rex W. Tillerson Secretary of State United Nations New York City December 15, 2017   SECRETARY TILLERSON: Good afternoon and ...
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Readout of a Meeting between Ambassador Haley and Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency Yukiya Amano

UNITED STATES MISSION TO THE UNITED NATIONS Office of Press and Public Diplomacy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 23, 2017 Ambassador Nikki Haley, U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations, met with Yukiya Amano, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) today in Vienna, Austria. Ambassador Haley is in Vienna to meet with IAEA ...
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U.S. Mission Welcomes New Chargé d’Affaires Nicole Shampaine

The United States Mission to International Organizations in Vienna welcomes Nicole Shampaine as Chargé d’Affaires a.i. and Acting Permanent Representative.   Ms. Shampaine is a Senior Foreign Service Officer with the U.S. Department of State.  She joins the Mission from Washington, D.C. where she recently served as Senior Advisor on counterterrorism in the Bureau of ...
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Kazakhstani Girls Travel to San Antonio, Texas to Participate in STEM Summer Camp

Two teenagers from the Republic of Kazakhstan will travel to San Antonio, Texas July 24-28 to take part in the Scobee Education Center, San Antonio College Girls Camp Challenger .  This exciting exchange initiative is funded by the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna to support new opportunities for girls in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) education.  The girls will participate in the weeklong camp focused on teaching ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA: Any Other Business

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting June 12-16, 2017   Agenda Item 11:  Any Other Business   U.S. Statement As Delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Andrew J. Schofer   Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman. Mr. Chairman, first, the United States welcomes the progress achieved over the past year to strengthen the global nuclear security framework.  ...
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Intern Corner – A Day at the Seibersdorf Nuclear Labs

IAEA & Arms Control Section Interns Visiting the Plant Breeding Lab (from left to right – Elizabeth Philipps, Maria Dudenhoeffer, Zachary Wong) Going on a field trip with ambassadors and diplomats from other countries to nuclear applications laboratories in the Austrian countryside was certainly not something I expected to do as part of my U.S. ...
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Remarks by Chargé d’Affaires Andrew J. Schofer on the Launch of the International Gender Champions – Vienna

Launch of the International Gender Champions – Vienna Initiative Andrew J. Schofer Chargé d’Affaires U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria June 1, 2017   Good afternoon, everyone. I echo all the words of welcome – I am pleased to see so many attendees at the launch of this important ...
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International Gender Champions: Opening Remarks

Inauguration of International Gender Champions Vienna Opening Remarks Kathryn Holmgaard Spokesperson U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria June 14, 2017 Good afternoon.  Welcome and thank you for joining us!  Your Excellencies Director-General Fedotov, Director General Amano, Executive Secretary Zerbo – it is an honor to have you with us ...
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IAEA Board of Governors: Safeguards Implementation Report for 2016

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting June 12-16, 2017   Agenda Item 7(b)   Safeguards Implementation Report for 2016   U.S. Statement as Delivered by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Ike Reed     Thank you Mr. Chairman, The United States welcomes the Secretariat’s Safeguards Implementation Report for 2016 (SIR). We wish once again to thank ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: DPRK

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting June 12-16, 2017 Agenda Item 7(c)   Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea                                                                              U.S. Statement – As Delivered by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Ike Reed   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States condemns in the strongest terms the ongoing nuclear and ballistic missile ...
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U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Iran

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting June 12-16, 2017 Agenda Item 6  Verification and Monitoring in Iran U.S. Statement Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew J. Schofer   As Prepared   Mr. Chairman, The United States once again extends its appreciation to the Director General, the Deputy Director General for Safeguards, and their staff for their excellent work, ...
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IAEA Board of Governors: Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting June 12-16, 2017   Agenda Item 5   Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources: Guidance on the Management of Disused Radioactive Sources   U.S. Statement as delivered by Ike Reed, Alternate Permanent Representative   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We strongly support the draft guidance on ...
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IAEA Board of Governors: Report of the Program and Budget Committee

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting June 12-16, 2017 Agenda Item 4 Report of the Program and Budget Committee U.S. Statement as delivered by Ike Reed, Alternate Permanent Representative   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. We appreciate the efforts of the Budget Working Group Co-chairs, the distinguished Ambassadors of Denmark and Brazil and of the Secretariat to ...
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IAEA Board of Governors: Technical Cooperation Report 2016

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting   June 12-16, 2017   Agenda Item 3 Technical Cooperation Report for 2016 U.S. Statement As Delivered by Acting Deputy Chief of Mission Ike Reed   Thank you, Mr. Chairman, The United States thanks the Secretariat for its comprehensive and informative report on Technical Cooperation in 2016.  Regular and extrabudgetary ...
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IAEA Board of Governors: The Annual Report for 2016

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting June 12-16, 2017   Agenda Item 2   The Annual Report for 2016   U.S. Statement – As Delivered by Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Andrew J. Schofer   Thank you very much Mr. Chairman, Mr. Chairman, Since this is the first time I am taking the floor today I hope you ...
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Invitation: International Gender Champions – Vienna

You are cordially invited to attend the inauguration of the International Gender Champions – Vienna initiative, a leadership network that brings together female and male decision-makers to break down gender barriers. Wednesday, June 14 at 1:30  p.m. Rotunda of the Vienna International Centre Speakers will include Yury Fedotov, Director General, United Nations Office Vienna, the ...
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The 2017 IAEA Technical Cooperation Conference

What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of the International Atomic Energy Agency, or IAEA? You might have heard of it called “the UN’s nuclear watchdog,” for its important work verifying that countries’ nuclear programs remain exclusively peaceful. Would you be surprised to learn it also does development work to ...
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Panel Discussion on the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Program

IAEA Technical Cooperation Conference Session 4 Panel Discussion June 1, 2017 Remarks by Andrew Schofer, Chargé d’affaires a.i., U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna Question:  In 1958, at the first IAEA General Conference, the USA made an important contribution to support fellowship training and the fielding of experts to developing countries–to the first ever ...
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U.S. Statement to the Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice

Commission on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice U.S. Statement Luis E. Arreaga Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs Vienna, Austria May 22, 2017 Thank you very much. On behalf of my delegation, I would like to thank the Bureau, Executive Director Fedotov, and UNODC for organizing this 26th session ...
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Meetings of the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management Conclude in Vienna Austria

Delegates from the United States participated in the Third Extraordinary Meeting and Sixth Organizational Meeting of the Parties to the Joint Convention on the Safety of Spent Fuel Management and on the Safety of Radioactive Waste Management (Joint Convention) on May 16-19 at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in Vienna, Austria. The meetings were ...
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U.S. Statement to the 2017 NPT Preparatory Committee: Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy

Statement by the United States in Cluster 3: Peaceful Uses of Nuclear Energy   First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons   Statement by Andrew Schofer Charge d’Affaires a.i., U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna Vienna, May 9, ...
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U.S. Statement to the 2017 NPT Preparatory Committee: Regional Issues

Statement by the United States in Cluster 2: Regional Issues   First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons   Statement by Ambassador Robert A. Wood Vienna, May 8, 2017   Mr. Chairman, The United States reaffirms the critical role ...
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U.S. Statement to the 2017 NPT Preparatory Committee

Statement by the United States in General Debate First Session of the Preparatory Committee for the 2020 Review Conference of the Parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons   As Delivered by Ambassador Robert A. Wood Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament Vienna, May 2, 2017   ...
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The International Visitor Leadership Program: A Cultural Experience and Professional Exchange

The best way to become familiar with another country is to visit and experience the food, people, languages, and cultures first-hand. Each year, the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna invites selected contacts to see and learn about the United States on the International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP). “The IVLP enables intensive professional exchange ...
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IAEA’s Seibersdorf Laboratories: Where the Atom is Used for Peace and Development

If you pulled someone aside and asked them to describe what the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) does, many people would immediately think about the Agency’s work with nuclear power and safeguarding against nuclear weapons proliferation.  After all, the IAEA has made the news lately for its role in nuclear verification and monitoring in Iran ...
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UN Commission on Narcotic Drugs Unanimously Votes to Take Steps to Curb Spread of Illicit Opioid Crisis

When you think of the United Nations, what comes to mind? Blue-helmeted peacekeepers in a faraway land perhaps? Or humanitarian workers delivering food aid to refugees? But did you know that the UN is an organization that is helping curb American overdose deaths in the current opioid epidemic? In fact, it is. Last Thursday in ...
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U.S. Statement Intervention, 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

Statement of Kara McDonald, United States Department of State   60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) United States Intervention after Agenda Item 8(b) Votes on ANPP and NPP Vienna, Austria; March 13, 2017 Thank you Madam Chair. I want to express the gratitude of my government for this show of solidarity and support ...
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U.S. Statement on Agenda Item 3, 60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

Statement of Andrew J. Schofer, Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna   60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Agenda Item 3 Vienna, Austria; March 13, 2017   As Delivered Madame Chair, The United States welcomes the Report of the Executive Director on the activities of UNODC in 2016, which ...
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60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND)

Statement of William R. Brownfield, Assistant Secretary of State for International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs   60th Session of the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Vienna, Austria; March 13, 2017   Thank you, Madam Chairwoman, members of the Commission, ladies and gentlemen.  And a special thank you as well to the Secretariat for your ...
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Any Other Business

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 06-10, 2017   Agenda Item 9:  Any Other Business U.S. Statements as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew J. Schofer     Mr. Chairman, I am taking the floor to address several items under any other business. The United States welcomes the progress achieved over the past year to ...
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Appointment of the Director General

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 06-10, 2017 Agenda Item 8 Appointment of the Director General U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew J. Schofer   Mr. Chairman. The United States is pleased to join the consensus decision of the Board in endorsing Yukiya Amano to serve as Director General for the term ...
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Establishment of the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank for the Supply of LEU to Member States

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 06-10, 2017  Agenda Item  6   Assurance of Supply — Establishment of the IAEA Low Enriched Uranium (LEU) Bank for the Supply of LEU to Member States   U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew J. Schofer   Thank you, Mr. Chairman The United States welcomes submission ...
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Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 06-10, 2017 Agenda Item 5(b) Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew J. Schofer   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States remains resolute in its condemnation of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea’s constant stream of ...
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Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 06-10, 2017 Agenda Item 5(c) Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew J. Schofer   Thank you Chair, The United States thanks the Director General for his update and for his ongoing commitment to addressing Syria’s ...
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Verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 06-10, 2017 Agenda Item 4   Verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran   U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew J. Schofer   Thank you Mr. Chairman, The United States extends its appreciation to the Director General for his February 24th report on Iran’s ...
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Nuclear Technology Review 2017

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 06-10, 2017 Agenda Item 3 Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications   Nuclear Technology Review 2017 U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew J. Schofer   Thank you, Mr. Chairman, The United States remains a strong supporter of the application of peaceful ...
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Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 06-10, 2017 Agenda Item 2b   Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources: Guidance on the Management of Disused Radioactive Sources   U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew J. Schofer   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States fully supports and endorses ...
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IAEA Nuclear Safety Review 2017

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting March 06-10, 2017 Agenda Item 2(a) Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear, Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety: Nuclear Safety Review 2017 U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Andrew J. Schofer Thank you, Mr. Chairman, The United States takes this opportunity to thank the Director General and the ...
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“The Uncondemned” Movie Screening On the Occasion of International Women’s Day

On the occasion of International Women’s Day (8 March) The United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations (Vienna), this human world (THW) Film Festival and Topkino,  invites you to the Ciné-ONU Vienna screening of the movie “The Uncondemned” (by Michele Mitchell and Nick Louvel, ...
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U.S. Supports #CancerCare4All

By: Chargé d’Affaires Andrew J. Schofer.  Last Friday, members of the international community came together for an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Program of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) World Cancer Day event.  It was truly impressive to hear about work being done around the world to support cancer diagnosis, treatment, and control.  Cancer impacts ...
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NOAA Technical Statement at UNCOPUOS STSC Meeting

Matthew Butler, Office of International and Interagency Affairs, NOAA Satellite and Information Service, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Department of Commerce 8 February 2016 Thank you, Madam Chair and distinguished delegates, for the opportunity to talk about the current and future meteorological and environmental satellite activities of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, ...
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The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna presents: Hidden Figures

The U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna presents: Hidden Figures (USA 2016) The untold story of the African American women mathematicians who helped NASA launch the United States’ first successful space missions. Nominated for two Golden Globes and three Academy Awards, including Best Picture. Introduction by Dr. Sandra H. Magnus, Executive Director of the ...
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U.S. Statement to the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

Statement by Margaret Kieffer, United States Representative, on Agenda Item 4, “General Exchange of Views,” Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space: 2017, Scientific and Technical Subcommittee: Fifty-fourth session (30 January to 10 February 2017) Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria, January 30, 2017 Thank you, Madame Chair.  The United States Delegation congratulates you on ...
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Senior Leadership Transition at the United States Mission to International Organizations in Vienna

MEDIA NOTE, January 18, 2017. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate departed Post on January 18, 2017. Andrew Schofer is now Chargé d’Affaires, ad interim and Ike Reed is Acting Deputy Chief of Mission. Contact information for the Mission remains the same: (43) (1) 31339 0. For more on the transition, follow us on Twitter @USUNVIE and on Facebook at U.S. ...
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The Inauguration of the President

The inauguration of the President will take place on Friday, 20 January 2017 and will be the fifty-eighth Presidential Inauguration. Information on the Presidential Inauguration is always available from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies website . Related websites 58th Presidential Inauguration on Senate.gov Presidential Inaugurations , a Library of Congress American Memory web site The Constitution of the United States of America White House website (whitehouse.gov) Inauguration Quick Facts Who? President Donald ...
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The Search for Life on Planets around other Stars

A lecture by Dr. Paul Hertz.   With introductory words by Director General and CEO Univ.-Prof. Dr. Christian Köberl (NHM Vienna) and the Chargé d‘affaires Andrew Schofer (U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna) on Thursday, February 2nd, 2017, at 5 p.m. in the lecture hall of the Natural History Museum, Vienna. Free entrance | ...
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Ambassador Holgate’s Remarks at IAEA Conference on Nuclear Security

Ambassador Holgate Remarks as Delivered at 2016 IAEA International Conference on Nuclear Security Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria, December 7, 2016 High Level Policy Session #2: International Bodies and Initiatives for Nuclear Security: Role of the IAEA in Coordinating International Efforts Thank you for the introduction.  Thank you also to the Secretariat for organizing these ...
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On the Adoption of the Ministerial Declaration on Nuclear Security

On December 5, 2016, the "International Conference on Nuclear Security: Commitments and Actions" adopted a Ministerial Declaration which makes important strides on the technical issues which are the heart of the International Atomic Energy Agency's program on nuclear security. The United States welcomes this declaration. The global community can reap the peaceful benefits of the ...
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Energy Secretary Addresses Nuclear Security Conference

At an International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) conference U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz today announced the United States is embarking on an effort to dilute and dispose of six metric tons of excess plutonium from the Savannah River Site in South Carolina, and that the United States is prepared to work with the IAEA ...
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Remarks on the World Drug Problem

Remarks for the Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Special Segment on the UN General Assembly Special Session on the World Drug Problem, Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna,   Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria, November 30, 2016.   Thank you, Chair. Seven months ago, the international community gathered at ...
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Statement on any other business

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 17-18, 2016, Agenda Item 7: Any Other Business, U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Since the issue has been raised, I would like to address the outcome of last year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. Unfortunately, the conference could not reach consensus concerning the ...
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Farewell Comments regarding Janice Dunn Lee

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 17-18, 2016, Farewell Comments regarding Janice Dunn Lee, U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Opening In line with comments made by DG Amano and the distinguished Ambassadors of Canada and Slovakia, I would like to take the opportunity of Deputy Director General Janice Dunn ...
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Statement on Syria

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 17-18, 2016, Agenda Item 5(b), Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic, U.S. Statement as delivered by IAEA Counselor Ike Reed.   Mr. Chairman, The United States thanks the Director General for his update and for his steadfast commitment to addressing Syria’s safeguards noncompliance.  Through ...
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Statement on DPRK

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 16-18, 2016, Agenda Item 5(a), Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. In the wake of the DPRK’s fourth and fifth nuclear tests, the resumption of reprocessing activities at Yongbyon, and ...
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Statement on Iran

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 17-18, 2016, Agenda Item 4, Verification and monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran, U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, The United States extends its appreciation to the Director General for his November 9 report on Iran’s implementation of the Joint Comprehensive ...
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U.S. Statement on IAEA Technical Cooperation

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, November 17-18, 2016, Agenda Item 2, Technical Cooperation: Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee, U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate. Mr. Chairman, The United States is committed to seeking global solutions to global challenges, in particular through multilateral institutions, in order to end extreme ...
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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 ...
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Multilateralism and Threat Reduction: Strengthening the Global Security Architecture

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Jack Ruina Memorial Lecture, October 21, 2016.   It is humbling to be invited to speak at this important gathering to honor the lasting contributions of Professor Jack Ruina to the field of national security and to the preparation of those who choose to participate in that ...
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U.S. to Bolster Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Verification Capacity through Training Program in Nevada.

Press Release, October 28, 2016 The Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (CTBT) calls for the maintenance of a roster of trained on-site inspectors to certify CTBT compliance and to verify whether a suspicious event was a nuclear explosion. While such a roster will not be formalized until the CTBT enters into force, the CTBTO Preparatory Commission is actively preparing for ...
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Ambassador Holgate Travel to Boston, MA and the Nevada National Security Site

Media Note Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Permanent Representative to International Organizations in Vienna, will travel to Boston, Massachusetts October 21 where she will speak to students and faculty at the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs at Harvard University’s Kennedy School.  Also in Boston, Ambassador Holgate will be the keynote speaker at the ...
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Ambassador Holgate Addresses Conference on Transnational Organized Crime

Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto, Eighth session, Vienna, 17-21 October 2016,   U.S. Statement, Agenda Item 3, Laura S.H. Holgate, Permanent U.S. Representative to the International Organizations in Vienna,   Vienna, Austria, October 19, 2016   Thank you, Madam President. Sixteen years ago, ...
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United States Plays Key Role in International Conference Against Transnational Organized Crime

Media Note, Office of the Spokesperson, Washington, DC, October 17, 2016 The United States seeks to strengthen global efforts against trafficking in persons, migrant smuggling, and other pernicious forms of transnational crime at the Conference of the Parties to the UN Convention against Transnational Organized Crime (UNTOC) in Vienna, October 17-21. Ambassador Susan Coppedge, appointed ...
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U.S. National Statement on Transnational Organized Crime

Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto, Eighth session, Vienna, 17-21 October 2016, U.S. National Statement, Luis E. Arreaga, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs, Vienna, Austria, October 17, 2016   Good afternoon. I would like to thank all ...
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U.S. Statement on Trafficking in Persons

Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Convention against Transnational Organized Crime and the Protocols Thereto, Eighth session, Vienna, 17-21 October 2016,   U.S. Statement, Susan Coppedge, Ambassador-at-Large to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons and Senior Advisor to the Secretary of State, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons,   Vienna, Austria, ...
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IAEA General Conference: Nuclear Security

IAEA General Conference: Nuclear Security IAEA General Conference September 26-30, 2016 Agenda Item 14 Nuclear Security U.S. Statement as Delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Last week at the Board of Governors, I delivered a statement that highlighted the significant progress made in international nuclear security this year driven by major events, including the final ...
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IAEA General Conference: US Remarks on Adoption of the DPRK GC Resolution

IAEA General ConferenceSeptember 26-30, 2016 Agenda Item 18 Resolution on the Implementation of NPT Safeguards Agreement between the IAEA and the DPRK U.S. Statement as Delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Mr. President, The United States welcomes the unanimous adoption of this year’s General Conference resolution on the DPRK with resounding support, and reflecting the ...
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Supplemental Agenda Item: Israeli Nuclear Capabilities

IAEA General Conference, September 26-30, 2016, Supplemental Agenda Item: Israeli Nuclear Capabilities, U.S. STATEMENT: The United States welcomes the constructive decision by our Arab friends not to introduce a resolution on “Israeli Nuclear Capabilities” at this year’s General Conference. This is not an appropriate item to be included in the agenda for the General Conference, ...
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Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East

IAEA General Conference, September 26-30, 2016, Agenda Item 19: Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East. U.S. EXPLANATION OF VOTE: The United States strongly supports the goal of NPT universality and of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, and we remain committed to working cooperatively with the ...
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U.S. National Statement to the IAEA General Conference

IAEA General Conference September 26-30, 2016 U.S. National Statement Dr. Ernest Moniz, U.S. Secretary of Energy   Thank you. Let me start with a personal message from President Obama: I send greetings as you gather in Vienna for the 60th International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) General Conference. Seven years ago in Prague, I outlined my vision ...
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United States Contributes Nearly $4 Million to IAEA’s Nuclear Safety Program

United States Contributes Nearly $4 Million to IAEA’s Nuclear Safety Program   Today the United States announced a voluntary contribution of $3.875 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Nuclear Safety Program. The United States and the IAEA have worked jointly for many years on projects of mutual benefit for strengthening international regulatory nuclear ...
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IAEA Board of Governors: A Round-Up

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate led the U.S. delegation at her first International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Board of Governors (BOG) as Permanent Representative September 19-22 in Vienna. The 35 members of the Board and other IAEA Member States met to discuss key nuclear-related issues and to prepare for next week’s IAEA General Conference. On everyone’s ...
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Outcome of NPT Review Conference

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 10: Any Other Business, Outcome of NPT Review Conference, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, I will not repeat my previous expression of regret that the issue of Israeli nuclear capabilities has again been raised in the Board, but ...
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Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 9, Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Thank you, Mr. Chairman. The United States thanks the Director General for his report on the Application of IAEA Safeguards in the Middle East, and for ...
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Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 8(c), Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, The United States thanks the Director General for his report and for his steadfast commitment to addressing Syria’s safeguards noncompliance. The contents ...
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Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

  IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 8(b), Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, We thank the Director General and the Secretariat for the Agency’s latest assessment on the DPRK.  This has been no ordinary ...
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Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in Light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015)

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-22, 2016, Agenda Item Number 7, Verification and Monitoring in the Islamic Republic of Iran in Light of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 (2015), U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate. Mr. Chairman, The United States extends its appreciation to the Director General for his September 8 ...
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United States Contributes $4 million to Support IAEA’s Efforts to Combat Zika

United States Mission to the International Organizations in Vienna  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 20, 2016 United States Contributes $4 million to Support IAEA’s Efforts to Combat Zika Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate announced a new $3.96 million voluntary contribution to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) at today’s IAEA Board of Governors meeting in Vienna to ...
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Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting September 19-23, 2016 Agenda Item 6 Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Mr. Chairman, The Director General’s report on “Strengthening the Agency’s Activities Related to Nuclear Science, Technology, and Applications” describes significant progress made in the ...
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Nuclear Security

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 5, Nuclear Security, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, Mr. Chairman, The United States welcomes the publication of the IAEA Nuclear Security Report 2016. The progress achieved over the past year further strengthened the global nuclear security framework.  It also provided an ...
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Building on the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, 19-23 September 2016, Agenda Item Number 4(b), Building on the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety, U.S.  Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, I would like to thank the Director General for this report.  We appreciate the work that the Secretariat has put into the ...
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Measures to Strengthen International Cooperation in Nuclear, Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, 19-23 September 2016, Agenda Item Number 4(a), Measures to Strengthen International Cooperation in Nuclear, Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety, U.S.  Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate.   Mr. Chairman, I would like to thank the Director General for this report which provides essential information for Member States in ...
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Program Performance Report for 2014-2015

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 3, Program Performance Report for 2014-2015 (GOV/2016/35), U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate   Mr. Chairman, The United States strongly supports the Agency’s ongoing work to adopt a results-based approach to its program and budget.  As we have emphasized, properly implemented, this ...
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Applications for Membership of the Agency

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, September 19-23, 2016, Agenda Item 2, Applications for Membership of the Agency, U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate. Mr. Chairman, The United States joins consensus in recommending that the General Conference in September 2016 approve Saint Vincent and the Grenadines and the Islamic Republic of the Gambia ...
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Joint Statement on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Nuclear-Weapon States

Joint Statement on the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty by the Nuclear Nonproliferation Treaty Nuclear-Weapon States Media Note Office of the Spokesperson Washington, DC September 15, 2016   The text of the following statement was issued jointly by the Governments of China, France, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom, and the United States. Begin Text: Our commitment to ...
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Statement by the President on North Korea’s Nuclear Test

The United States condemns North Korea’s September 9 nuclear test in the strongest possible terms as a grave threat to regional security and to international peace and stability. North Korea stands out as the only country to have tested nuclear weapons this century. Today’s test, North Korea’s second this year, follows an unprecedented campaign of ...
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Statement on DPRK at the Meeting of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization

Thank you, Mr. Chairman, for the opportunity to speak today and for your commendable role in addressing this difficult and fast moving situation. I would also like to thank Executive Secretary Zerbo and the Provisional Technical Secretariat for their swift response to the events last night, and for preparing this very timely comprehensive technical briefing. ...
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From White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest: DPRK statement

Aboard Air Force One this evening, the President was briefed by National Security Adviser Susan Rice about the reported seismic activity near a nuclear facility in North Korea. The President also consulted with President Park of the Republic of Korea and Prime Minister Abe of Japan in separate phone calls. The President reiterated the unbreakable ...
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Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Visits IAEA’s Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria

United States Mission to International Organizations in Vienna PRESS RELEASE July 27, 2016 Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, made her first visit to the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria on July 15, 2016.  Ambassador ...
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Remarks at the Montreal Protocol High-level Segment

Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Vienna International Center Vienna, Austria July 22, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: So I should start right now? I apologize, I gather I was already asked – (laughter) – and there’s nothing like a nice gap between announce and appearance, but good afternoon to everybody here. And I want to express ...
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Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Presents Her Credentials to UN Office in Vienna Director-General Yury Fedotov

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, presented her credentials to UN Office in Vienna (UNOV) Director-General Yury Fedotov at his office in the Vienna International Center. The Ambassador applauded the strong partnership between the United States and the UN Office on Drugs ...
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Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Presents Her Credentials to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, presented her credentials today to IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano at his office in the Vienna International Center.  The Ambassador expressed appreciation for the IAEA’s efforts worldwide, including the organization’s vital work in nuclear safeguards, ...
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Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate Presents Her Credentials to CTBTO Executive Secretary Lassina Zerbo

Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency, presented her credentials today to Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), at the Vienna International Center.  The Ambassador thanked Executive Secretary Zerbo for his outreach ...
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Arrival of Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate

We are pleased to announce the arrival today of Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, U.S. Representative to the Vienna Office of the United Nations and the International Atomic Energy Agency. Ambassador Holgate was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on May 26. Ambassador Holgate joins us from Washington, D.C. where she was previously the Special Assistant to ...
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“After Spring” Movie Screening On the Occasion of the World Refugee Day

On the occasion of the World Refugee Day (20 June)   the United Nations Information Service (UNIS) Vienna, in cooperation with the Permanent Mission of the United States of America to the United Nations (Vienna), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) Office in Austria, this human world (THW) Film Festival and Topkino, invites you to the Ciné-ONU Vienna ...
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NASA Deputy Administrator Dr. Dava Newman Addresses UN COPUOS

It’s an honor and a pleasure to be here to address the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. You have done so much to support and expand the benefits of space exploration for people around the world. From our perspective at NASA, one of the most gratifying developments over the past ...
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Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission’s 20th Anniversary Ministerial Meeting

Minister Comănescu, Distinguished Ministers, Executive Secretary Zerbo, esteemed guests, ladies and gentleman, thank you for the opportunity to speak with you today. I would like to thank you all for the heartfelt expressions of sympathy for the terrible event that happened in Orlando this past weekend. As President Obama said, “This was an act of ...
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INC and NPT

Since the issue has been raised, I would like to address the outcome of last year’s Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference. However, rather than rehash the varying interpretations of the past, I would just like to note that we will keep working to promote renewed regional dialogue and to encourage a way forward that accommodates ...
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Nuclear Security

First, the United States aligns itself with the EU’s statement on the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials. The entry into force of the amended Convention marks a key milestone in strengthening global nuclear security. The United States would especially like to recognize the extraordinary efforts of individuals in the ...
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UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space

The United States welcomes the six new Member States to the Committee: El Salvador, Israel, Oman, Qatar, Sri Lanka, and the United Arab Emirates. The United States looks forward to making significant progress on the long-term sustainability of outer space activities (LTS), by carrying out the current work plan and completing an LTS report and ...
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Safeguards Implementation Report for 2015

We are pleased that the number of additional protocols that have entered into force and the number of small quantities protocols that have been modified in accordance with the decision of the Board continue to increase. These developments increase the Agency’s legal authority and improve the Secretariat’s ability to draw sound and credible safeguards conclusions ...
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Technical Cooperation Report for 2015

The Technical Cooperation (TC) Program is essential to the IAEA’s role in promoting access to the benefits of peaceful nuclear energy in both power and non-power applications, which will assuredly make distinctive and important contributions to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). The IAEA promotes these applications while, at the same time, ensuring appropriate safety and ...
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Implementation of the NPT safeguards agreement in the Syrian Arab Republic

    This meeting marks five years since the Board of Governors found Syria to be in noncompliance with its safeguards agreement due to the construction of an undeclared nuclear reactor at Dair Alzour. We deeply regret that Syria continues to show no interest in resolving this serious issue. Over the past five years, the ...
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Application of Safeguards in the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea

The United States remains firmly committed to the complete, verifiable, and irreversible denuclearization of the DPRK and the IAEA’s essential role in this process. The Secretariat’s efforts to maintain the Agency’s readiness to resume monitoring and verification in the DPRK continues to have our steadfast support. We greatly value the IAEA’s sustained attention to the ...
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Strengthening the Agency’s Activities related to Nuclear, Radiation and Transport Safety and Waste Safety

Let me express our appreciation to the drafters of these two revisions of critical Agency Safety Requirements documents and to the respective Safety Standards Committee members who reviewed and approved them. Both revisions take into consideration lessons that have been learned since the documents were initially promulgated. Each of these documents has established requirements that ...
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Report of the Programme and Budget Committee

As others have pointed out, certain costs of the JCPOA arise from implementation of safeguards agreements and must be funded as a new, additional requirement in the Agency’s regular budget. We are pleased that there is unanimous Member State support for incorporation of the specified 5.2 million euro cost of relevant JCPOA-related measures into the ...
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Ukraine

  The Secretariat has made clear that the IAEA will continue to implement safeguards in accordance with the IAEA Statute and international law. On this basis, and as made clear by the Secretariat in this Board Room and in GOV/2015/38, we fully support the Agency’s continued implementation of safeguards in Ukraine in accordance with Ukraine’s ...
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The Agency’s Draft Budget Update for 2015

  Sir, listening very carefully to the statements of others today, it seems pretty clear that Member States support the JCPOA, and based on the statement of the G77, that the principle of full integration of the costs associated with the JCPOA, at least those under the Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement and the Additional Protocol, are ...
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Statement on the IAEA’s 2015 Internal Audit Activity Report and the 2015 Program Evaluation Report

  We encourage the Agency to strengthen their internal control and accountability framework. We encourage the Secretariat to publish the annual internal audit activity report on its publicly accessible website, as it already does with its external audit reports. Public disclosure of these annual reports is already a best practice followed by major UN funds ...
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The Agency’s Accounts for 2015

Before plunging into a few details of the documents of which we were asked to take note today, I wanted to draw attention again to the Report of the Staff Council and, in particular, to note the situation concerning gender balance. When we get to the point when we are talking about the leadership of ...
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Stepping Up The Fight Against ZIKA

  The U.S. Center for Disease Control recently confirmed that the mosquito-borne Zika virus is a cause of microcephaly and other severe fetal brain defects, noting that the virus is “scarier than we initially thought.” One way to combat Zika’s spread is to suppress mosquito populations through the sterile insect technique, or SIT. For more ...
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United States Announces $2+ million Voluntary Contribution to the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative, including $500K to Combat Zika

Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, Ambassador Henry S. Ensher, announced yesterday an additional voluntary contribution of over $2 million to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Funded through the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI), this new contribution will provide $1.2 million to build national capacities to start and implement nuclear ...
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U.S. Mission Chargé d’Affaires Travels to Kuwait and Israel

Henry S. Ensher, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, travelled to Kuwait City February 14 to attend a symposium on Nuclear Applications for Sustainable Development in Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC), which highlighted the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) efforts to utilize nuclear technologies to tackle 21st century development challenges. Chargé ...
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CTBTO’s Lassina Zerbo: Detecting the 2016 North Korean Nuclear Test

On Monday, February 8, Dr. Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO), gave a talk at the Amerika Haus in Vienna. After introductory remarks by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires Ensher and Laura Rockwood Executive Director of the Vienna Center for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation, Dr. Zerbo discussed the CTBTO’s ...
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On India Joining the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC)

A Statement from U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz, February 4, 2016. “India’s membership in the Convention on Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC) is a crucial step toward facilitating the growth of safe, civilian nuclear energy in the world’s second most populous country. In addition, India’s membership is a major step towards the global liability ...
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Remarks on Implementation Day

On January 16, 2016, Secretary John Kerry addressed the international news media in the Vienna International Centre, Vienna, Austria. He provided remarks on the so-called “Implementation Day”. Remarks on Implementation Day Remarks John Kerry Secretary of State Vienna, Austria January 16, 2016 SECRETARY KERRY: Good evening, everybody. Thank you very much for your patience. And ...
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U.S. Statement on Most Recent DPRK Nuclear Test

North Korea announced a nuclear test on January 6, 2016. The Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization held a special session on 7 January 2016 to inform Member States about latest findings on this issue. Please find below the statement of Ambassador Henry S. Ensher, Chargé d'Affaires of the U.S. Mission ...
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Drug Demand Reduction Conference in Vienna

This week in Vienna, Austria, the State Department’s INL Bureau is leading a global meeting to discuss the important issues surrounding Substance Use Treatment and Prevention. INL has supported the establishment, and professional development, of drug treatment and prevention programs around the world for decades because substance use prevention and treatment (demand reduction) forms an ...
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U.S. Continues Long-Standing Support for IAEA Technical Cooperation Programs

Today the International Atomic Energy’s Board of Governors begins its November Session. It will review recommendations by the IAEA’s Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee (TACC) on the Agency’s Technical Cooperation (TC) Programme for 2016-2017 and the TC budget for 2016. Technical cooperation projects help countries to improve their scientific and technological capabilities in the peaceful ...
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Chargé d’Affaires Travels to Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, and Qatar to Promote the Peaceful Uses Initiative

Henry S. Ensher, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, will travel to Riyadh, Kuwait City, and Doha October 25-27 to encourage support for the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) and an important laboratory renovation project.  Initially launched in 2010, the PUI is an initiative aimed at ...
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Tenacious Pursuers of Peace and Justice

When we hear the name of Bertha von Suttner, we often associate the issues of women and pacifists. But who exactly was she?  In her presentation, American historian Laurie R. Cohen provided a thorough picture of Bertha von Suttner, who was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize as the first woman and the first Austrian in 1905. In her ...
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Total U.S. Contributions to IAEA’s ReNuAL Project Reach Approximately $5.5 Million

U.S. Secretary of Energy Dr. Ernest Moniz announced yesterday at the IAEA General Conference that the United States has contributed another $3 million to the IAEA’s project to renovate the Nuclear Applications Laboratories at Seibersdorf (ReNuAL).  This fulfills the $2 million U.S. pledge made at the 2015 NPT Review Conference in New York, and is ...
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U.S. Makes Voluntary Contribution in Support of Ctbt Verification Regime

The United States has made a voluntary contribution of US$ 3,000,000 to the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) to enhance its analysis of global nuclear explosive test monitoring and support the verification regime. “I thank the United States for this generous contribution, which is another demonstration of its continued commitment to our work,” CTBTO Executive ...
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U.S. Ratifies 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM)

The U.S. deposited its instrument of ratification for the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Ambassador Henry S. Ensher, Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Mission to International Organizations in Vienna, met with IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano on July 31, 2015, ...
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U.S. Contributes $500,000 to Kenya National Cancer Program

The United States is allocating $500,000 in funding under the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) to support the establishment of the Kenya national cancer program.  The funding will be provided through an IAEA technical cooperation project on “Establishing National Capacity for an Integrated Approach to Early Detection, Diagnosis, Management, Prevention and Research on Cancer and ...
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Groundbreaking Space Telescope Turns 25

The Hubble Space Telescope is among the largest and most versatile space observatories of its kind, and it surely is the most popular one, well known among the public around the world. Hubble’s positioning above earth’s blurring atmosphere allows it to see more clearly and deeper into space than any previous telescopes. This view into ...
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U.S. Support for Technical Cooperation and the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI)

Since the launch of the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) in May 2010, the United States has contributed more than $50 million to the Initiative and allocated more than $45 million of this amount to specific IAEA projects. This initiative, announced at the 2010 Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference, reinforced the commitment of the United ...
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