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U.S. Statement – Agenda Item 8 – IAEA Board of Governors Meeting – November 2023
As Delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate, Vienna, Austria, November 24, 2023
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November 24, 2023

U.S. Statement – As Delivered by Ambassador Laura S.H. Holgate – Agenda Item 8 – Any Other Business

Vienna, Austria, November 24, 2023

Thank you, Chair. 

We look forward to the fourth International Conference on Nuclear Security in May 2024, which is an important opportunity to collectively assess the current nuclear security landscape and collaborate to forge a better future.  We continue to urge Member States to send ministerial-level participation and bring concrete deliverables and action plans.  We would like to thank the IAEA Secretariat for hosting a very productive planning committee this week, and for Costa Rica and Sweden for co-chairing the session.  We are also thrilled to have Australia and Kazakhstan announce their ICONS co-presidency this week, two states with excellent nuclear security credentials and visionary leadership in this field. 

Together, we have the responsibility to maintain international trust and access to these peaceful uses of nuclear technologies, and nuclear security plays a key role in that regard. 

Chair,  

The United States remains deeply concerned by the IAEA’s liquidity challenges and their potential to disrupt programs and operations.   We join Director General Grossi in calling on all Member States to pay their assessments, as we have a collective interest in sufficiently resourcing the IAEA so that it can carry out its critical mandate. 

Chair, 

The United States continues to support Japan and its dispersion of ALPS-treated water and reiterates its strong support for the close and transparent cooperation between the Government of Japan and the IAEA to make certain the project continues to be safe and transparent.  We applaud the continued efforts of IAEA’s Fukushima task force to impartially review and report on the Government of Japan’s activities and provide unbiased, scientifically based reporting on the impact.  

Chair, 

We regret that the issue of so-called Israeli nuclear capabilities continues to be raised in a politically motivated and divisive manner at Board meetings, as Israel has not violated any agreements with the IAEA and remains a significant contributor to the Agency’s technical work.  Contentious statements aimed at criticizing one state in good standing at the IAEA will not advance our shared goal of a Middle East free of all weapons of mass destruction and delivery systems.    

The United States continues to support the long-term goal of a Middle East free of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems, alongside a comprehensive and durable regional peace.  We are committed to working with the regional states to advance this goal in an inclusive, consensus-based manner that takes into account the legitimate security concerns of all regional states.     

Chair,  

The United States would like to highlight its membership and participation in the Group of Friends of Women in Nuclear and echo the sentiments put forth in the statement by that group in our national capacity.  

We reaffirm our support for the IAEA’s ongoing implementation of the Gender Equality Policy and Gender Action Plan.  We are dismayed by efforts to undermine longstanding and widespread support for gender equality, and we stand in solidarity with all those defending these human rights principles.  We are heartened by the shared commitment to gender issues demonstrated by so many in this room.  In that respect, we note that tomorrow marks the beginning of 16 days of action against gender-based violence and appreciate the solidarity shown by those wearing orange clothing or white ribbons in the Board room today. 

Thank you, Chair. 

U.S. Statement – Agenda Item – IAEA Board of Governors Meeting – November 2023