IAEA Technical Cooperation

Technical Cooperation: Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting November 26-27, 2009

Mr. Chairman,

I would like to reaffirm my government’s commitment in support of President Obama’s nuclear nonproliferation agenda, which involves pursuing multilateral diplomatic solutions to U.S. concerns and seeking global solutions to global challenges.

The United States has long been a strong supporter of the Technical Cooperation (TC) program – the program which has enabled over 100 developing Member States to take advantage of nuclear technology while taking into account relevant nonproliferation undertakings, international health and safety standards, and other matters such as compliance with safeguards obligations.  In this regard, we congratulate the Republic of Korea on its decision to exclusively become a TC donor and hope other Member States will consider such a decision as well.   My government continues to underscore our commitment to supporting the IAEA’s work of promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

We congratulate the Agency on its contribution to making a difference in the world through the use of nuclear techniques, including producing more robust and higher-yielding food crops; maintaining supplies of fresh water; and determining the availability and vulnerability of groundwater systems in order to ensure that reliable supplies can be developed in the long-term.  My government also commends the Agency for its continued promotion of the Program of Action for Cancer Therapy and its partnership with the World Health Organization which helps make radiation medicine available for cancer diagnosis, treatment, and palliative care in developing countries.  We believe PACT’s work, specifically its method for assessments, project planning, innovative resource mobilization, and results driven approach, can be applied in other areas of the Agency’s work such as Technical Cooperation.

I would also like to reassure you that my government’s support for advancing human well-being through these nuclear sciences and techniques reaches across the full spectrum of IAEA technical endeavors.  Our commitment is long-standing, generously funded, and firmly held.  The United States is proud of its record and takes seriously its commitment to assist in the development of peaceful nuclear applications.  It is unfortunate that the TACC set a precedent by  not approving by consensus, the original TC Program for 2010 which would have allowed the Secretariat to provide training requested by many TC recipient states to improve project planning and management.   We encourage the Agency, across the board, to look for opportunities to assist Member States to effectively enhance their human capacity resources to achieve greater success in the application of nuclear techniques.

There is much more the international community needs to do to realize the benefits of peaceful nuclear technology on a global basis.  The United States will continue its efforts to leverage its own contributions and seeks to enlist the widest possible network of public and private donors around the world.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.