Safety Action Plan

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
November 17-18, 2011

Agenda Item 3

U.S. Statement
Ambassador Glyn Davies
Permanent U.S. Representative to the IAEA

Mr. Chairman,
The United States takes note of the Director General’s report on the status of implementation of the IAEA Action Plan on Nuclear Safety.  The Action Plan is an important vehicle for strengthening the nuclear safety framework and responding to the challenges posed by the accident at the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant.   Having just received the report last week, we appreciate the briefing the IAEA provided to Member States on November 11, which provided an overview of how the overall strategy is being developed by the Nuclear Safety Action Team to implement the activities within the scope of the plan.  We welcome yesterday’s launch of the Nuclear Safety Action Plan web site and look forward to seeing it populated with items associated with the progress toward completion of the various Action Plan activities.

Mr. Chairman,

The United States will work with the Agency and Member States to further develop the Action Plan and to implement it.   As president of the G-8 in 2012, the United States will also support implementation of the Action Plan through the G-8’s Nuclear Safety and Security Group activities.  The United States will further assist Action Plan initiatives through its voluntary contributions to the IAEA for nuclear safety.

The United States urges the Agency to prioritize the projects under the Action Plan.  To avoid the inefficient use of resources, it would be useful for Member States to be able to see the prioritization plans before the Agency convenes multiple technical or consultancy meetings.  It would be also useful to see budgeting estimates for the plans.

Mr. Chairman,

With respect to emergency planning, we would also welcome information regarding the Secretariat’s priority and plans, including a schedule for the implementation of the Strategy contained in the final report of the International Action Plan for Strengthening the International Preparedness and Response System for Nuclear and Radiological Emergencies, which is highlighted in both the Nuclear Safety Action Plan and General Conference Resolution GC(55)/RES/9/81.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.