IAEA Board of Governors: Applications for Membership of the Agency

U.S. Statement as delivered by Ambassador Macmanus

Mr. Chairman,

The United States is pleased to join consensus in recommending that the General Conference approve Guyana and Vanuatu as new Member States of the Agency.  We welcome Guyana and encourage them to take full advantage of the benefits and services associated with IAEA membership, including in the area of peaceful uses of nuclear energy.  The United States looks forward to learning more about Guyana’s and Vanuatu’s priorities in this area, and to working together to support these and broader regional priorities.

We also encourage the Governments of Guyana and Vanuatu to seek the Secretariat’s assistance in adopting and implementing the highest standards of conduct while pursuing the safe, secure, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.  These standards include an Additional Protocol, a revised Small Quantities Protocol, and the Code of Conduct for radioactive sources.  Similarly, we are confident that the Secretariat will offer whatever assistance is necessary to Guyana and to Vanuatu to implement these standards fully.

Lastly we wish to congratulate the Bahamas and Brunei Darussalam on recently joining the Agency by accepting its Statute, and we look forward to working together to further the safe, secure, and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman