U.S. Statement as delivered by Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Laura Kennedy
Thank you, Mr. Chairman,
Since this is the first time I am taking the floor, I would like to say how very pleased I am to be back in Vienna and how much I look forward to working with you, Mr. Chairman, and, of course, all the Member States of the IAEA in the months to come, as well as, of course, the extraordinary international public servants of the IAEA Secretariat, working under the distinguished leadership of the Director General.
The United States strongly supports the Agency’s continuing efforts to adopt a results-based approach to its program and budget. Properly implemented, the approach maximizes the effectiveness of the Agency’s programs in meeting the needs of the Member States and in making the most efficient use of the resources they have provided.
Within this approach, the Program Performance Report performs the essential function of evaluating results achieved in comparison to the goals set forth in the Program and Budget. Such evaluation is critical for full transparency and accountability in the Agency’s programs. Even more important, it provides essential feedback for the improvement of programs and for refining the results-based approach itself.
Overall, we think the Agency continues to make progress in developing indicators that are SMART – Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, and Time-bound – consistent with the principles of results-based management. We welcome continued efforts in this regard and recommend that the Agency phase into future Program Performance Reports numerical values for past and present achievements in indicator boxes, as well as targets for future results. This will provide Member States with critical data at a glance, and make the Agency more current in its results tracking and reporting practices. As a starting point, we hope to see results from the 2012-13 biennium included as baseline references for results achieved in the 2014-15 biennium. The “lessons learned” sections provide additional useful information for Member States to consider when working with the Agency on the 2016-17 Program and Budget and in assessing the performance of programs in future biennia.
We are pleased to note that the number of States in which the IAEA applied safeguards on nuclear materials increased to 179 in 2012 and to 180 in 2013. During this two-year period, three Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements and nine Additional Protocols entered into force, and five operational Small Quantities Protocols were amended. We are also pleased to note that the Agency continued during that period to enhance emergency preparedness and response capabilities at national, regional, and international levels by, among other things, conducting over 140 training events and expert missions in over 40 Member States.
In addition, we applaud the Agency’s success in promoting the peaceful uses of nuclear energy during the 2012-2013 biennium. For example, in the field of human health, about 120 nuclear medicine and 90 radiotherapy facilities were upgraded or newly established in Member States by the end of 2013 through the Agency’s Technical Cooperation Program. In the area of water resource management, about 40 new stations were added to the global isotope monitoring networks for precipitation and river waters, and more than 4,000 registered users in the fields of hydrology, climate, and ecology accessed the global databases. In the environmental field, the IAEA established its Ocean Acidification International Coordination Center in Monaco to address ocean acidification and conducted proficiency tests for radionuclides with over 800 participating laboratories worldwide. These are just a few examples of how the Agency’s results-based approach to its program and budget is making a difference.
With these comments, we are happy to take note of the Director General’sProgram Performance Report for 2012-2013.
Thank you, Mr. Chairman.