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 contributions from the United States are used to support the full breadth of the IAEA’s work. Successful promotion of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy and technology goes hand-in-hand with our strong support for nuclear safety, security, and safeguards programs, and underscores our commitment to making good on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’s (NPT) potential to enhance the global application of the peaceful uses of the atom.
The United States was pleased to actively participate in the recent landmark Technical Cooperation conference. We congratulate the Secretariat on attracting over 1,160 participants from 159 countries and 27 organizations, and hope that the IAEA draws on the ideas raised during the conference to strengthen the TC Program in the future.
As we look towards the 2018-2019 Technical Cooperation Program cycle, we would like to commend the Secretariat for its efforts to streamline and strengthen the TC program design process. Following the example set in January with the early release of the draft Program and Budget document, we hope that the Secretariat will release the TC White Book for the 2018-2019 cycle as soon as possible in order to allow Member States to best prepare for the November 2017 Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee meeting.
The United States continues to support the Technical Cooperation and related programs which harness peaceful nuclear technology in pursuit of sustainable solutions to global development challenges. Over the past five years, we have provided approximately 179 million dollars to these peaceful uses programs.
Our voluntary contributions have helped in diverse areas, including promoting nuclear power infrastructure development, improving food safety and agricultural productivity, combatting cancer and other human diseases, advancing safe and secure radiation technologies, and, of course, supporting the IAEA’s ability to conduct important research through the Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories project known as ReNuAL. We welcome the rate of attainment on Technical Cooperation Fund (TCF) payments of 92.9 percent although that represents a drop from last year, as the TC Department relies on sufficient, assured and predictable resources to fulfill its role efficiently and effectively. We support the TC Department’s continued focus on Least Developed Countries (LDCs) and their specific needs, and note that nuclear techniques can help LDCs meet their strategic development priorities and nationally articulated Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
The United States supports the Agency’s ongoing efforts to strengthen the role of the Country Program Framework as an essential strategic planning tool in maximizing program impact through strategic partnerships with the United Nations (UN) agencies, including the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), the United Nations Economic Commission for Europe (UNECE), the World Health Organization (WHO), and others to better coordinate international efforts and enhance regional capabilities in food, agriculture, and health. Such partnerships are a path toward achieving the more efficient use of limited Technical Cooperation resources to help achieve the SDGs.
The United States encourages the Secretariat to continue its efforts to promote gender equality by increasing the number of women participating in the TC Program, especially through training and education and we welcome DG Amano’s pledge at the recent TC Conference to remain focused on this important priority.
With these comments, my delegation takes note of the Technical Cooperation Report for 2016 and requests that it be transmitted to the General Conference.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.