IAEA Board of Governors Meeting November 17-18, 2011
Agenda Item 2
Technical Cooperation: Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee
I join previous colleagues in again welcoming you in your new role. I pledge to you the full cooperation and support of my delegation as you carry out your vital duties. The United States has long been a strong supporter of the Technical Cooperation (TC) program and has expanded this support through the IAEA’s Peaceful Uses Initiative. The Peaceful Uses Initiative seeks to increase the IAEA’s ability to promote the peaceful application of nuclear energy particularly for projects related to human health, food security, water resource management, and nuclear power infrastructure development. We thank the Government of Japan for its continued support, and welcome the announcements today by Sweden and Hungary and recent statements by the Republic of Korea, New Zealand, Australia and the Czech Republic to contribute towards IAEA projects under the PUI. We continue to encourage others to contribute to this effort to highlight the Agency’s important work in the area of peaceful uses. In addition, we welcome the announcement by South Africa pledging support to build African capacity to detect trans-boundary animal disease. This support builds on a pilot project in Ethiopia, funded last year through the U.S. contribution to the PUI, and we welcome South Africa’s partnership in this project. We believe that with these additional resources, more Member States will be able to access the many benefits of peaceful nuclear energy.
The spirit of TC regional groups is not one of contributors and recipients, but rather one in which members of the international community reach across borders to share in the peaceful benefits of nuclear energy. It is exactly this kind of cooperation that the NPT’s Article IV intended to establish. With the need for regional efforts in mind, the United States pledged in September to fully support under the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative a regional AFRA radiotherapy project in Africa, a regional ARCAL project in Latin America using nuclear medicine to combat cardiac diseases and cancer, and an ARCAL project that will build laboratory capacities to ensure food safety.
Furthermore, I am very pleased to announce to you today that the United States has selected nearly $4.4 million in additional projects proposed by the IAEA to be funded under the Peaceful Uses Initiative. These funds will support human health, water resource management, food security, and nuclear power infrastructure development, bringing our total support to projects under the PUI to over $16 million since the initiative’s beginning in the year 2010. We are proud of the high-quality IAEA projects that we have been able to support through this effort.
While the United States underlines its strong commitment to the TC program and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, we also underscore our objectives for improved results-based management and transparency, with a continued focus on safeguards, security and safety.
Finally, I would like to personally thank the Governments of Chile, Peru and Brazil for hosting me in their countries, where I had opportunities to visit IAEA-supported projects. We commend the IAEA Secretariat for the work that it is doing to improve the lives of individuals in these three countries, particularly in the areas of human health and agriculture security.
The United States joins in consensus approval of all the recommended actions described in documents GOV/2011/66 and GOV/2011/58, including the proposed Technical Cooperation program for 2012-2013 as well as the financing of the program.
Thank you very much, Mr. Chairman.