IAEA Board of Governors Meeting, Agenda Item 2: Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee
U.S. statement as delivered by Ambassador Jackie Wolcott
Vienna, Austria, November 21, 2019
I would like to commend the Secretariat and the staff members of the Technical Cooperation Department for their continuing efforts to ensure the TC Program effectively responds to Member States’ needs.
The United States remains fully committed to supporting the work of the IAEA in the research, development and deployment of nuclear energy, science and technology for peaceful uses, consistent with Article IV of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. For over 60 years, we have been a leading supporter of IAEA TC activities to facilitate worldwide access to peaceful uses assistance, consistent with the highest standards of safety, security, and nonproliferation.
The United States is pleased to remain the largest individual contributor to the IAEA TC activities. Since 2010, we have contributed over $220 million to the TC Fund, over $100 million to the Peaceful Uses Initiative, and over $58 million to other voluntary funding mechanisms that promote peaceful nuclear activities through the Agency. Since the September Board meeting, the U.S. Government has made substantial contributions to a number of IAEA projects, including the Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy, a project at the Insect Pest Control Laboratory on developing temperature treatment methods for controlling fruit flies, and projects at the IAEA laboratories in Monaco focused on marine plastics and ocean acidification.
Furthermore, I am pleased to announce two additional U.S. financial pledges in support of the Peaceful Uses Initiative. The first is a pledge of $99,200 to support a coordinated research project to strengthen the expertise and capability of Member States in the production and quality control of radioisotopes and radiopharmaceuticals. The second pledge will provide $87,800 to support the IAEA in promoting seafood safety by developing tools for monitoring and assessing emerging contaminants and biotoxins. The United States applauds the IAEA’s efforts to promote the peaceful uses of nuclear technology to assist developing countries.
While the United States underlines our strong commitment to the TC Program and peaceful uses, we also underscore the objectives for improved, results-based management, as well as transparency in project planning and implementation of the TC Program. In addition, we note the special challenges facing Least Developed Countries and the continued importance of giving due consideration to LDC needs when designing TC projects and allocating core funds. We encourage the IAEA to target TC project distribution that would ensure that a higher percentage of the TCF is allocated to and received by LDCs.
With these comments, the United States is pleased to join consensus in approving the TACC report.