U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Technical Cooperation

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting

November 23-24, 2017

Agenda Item 2

Technical Cooperation: Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee

U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Chargé d’Affaires a.i. Nicole Shampaine

 

 

Mr. Chairperson,

The United States would like to express its sincere sympathy and condolences to those affected by the recent earthquake in northern Iraq and Iran.

Mr. Chairperson,

The United States underscores its strong commitment to the Technical Cooperation Program (TCP) and peaceful uses of nuclear energy.

The United States is fully committed to promoting access to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy in accordance with the IAEA Statute and Article IV of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). Let me briefly highlight a few ways that we demonstrate this commitment.

The United States remains the largest single contributor to the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Fund (TCF), having contributed about $175 million since 2010. We also provide significant in-kind assistance – valued at over $43 million since 2010 – for cost free experts, training courses, U.S. expertise at IAEA events, and international fellowships.

In addition to our direct support for the TC Program, the United States has provided almost $84 million to the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) since 2010. Among other priorities, our PUI funds support capacity-building efforts to address urgent needs, such as promoting human health, improving agricultural productivity, advancing radiation safety, supporting economic development, and ensuring public safety.

At this year’s meeting of the NPT Preparatory Committee, we reaffirmed our $50 million pledge to the PUI for the 2015 to 2020 period. We again encourage Member States that are in a position to do so to contribute to the PUI after contributing their full TCF shares and National Participation Costs in a timely manner.

To further support the Agency’s technical cooperation work, the United States allocated over €4 million this year toward the construction of the new Animal Production and Health Laboratory at Seibersdorf under the Agency’s Renovation of the Nuclear Applications Laboratories (ReNuAL) initiative. Our voluntary contributions to the lab renovations total €13 million. The work carried out at the Nuclear Applications labs both in Seibersdorf and in Monaco directly responds to Member State needs and priorities, and the labs play an important role in the successful delivery of the TC Program.

Mr. Chairperson,

The United States is pleased with the extent to which Least Developed Countries (LDCs) are actively participating in the Technical Cooperation Program. Allocating sufficient core resources to address the particular needs and challenges of the Least Developed Countries remains important.

The United States supports the efforts made by the Departments of Safeguards and Nuclear Safety and Security to review TC projects and ensure they comply with relevant standards and requirements. These efforts are essential to the successful promotion of peaceful uses.

The Agency’s inclusive and technical nature has been its strength and can help advance sustainable development. We noticed that, in the 2018-19 TC program, nearly 22 percent of the Technical Cooperation Fund will be allocated to projects in the field of “safety and security,” and that “safety and security” is listed among the top three TC priorities for every single geographic region. National TC projects are developed in response to the needs and priorities of individual Member States, and it is clear that IAEA assistance in the field of “safety and security” is valued by Member States and supports their ability to reap the benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

The United States also underscores the need for improved, results-based management and transparency in project planning and implementation. We urge the Secretariat to work closely with Member States on their Country Programme Frameworks; to tailor projects to specific needs; to introduce an outcome monitoring system; and to make project designs specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and time-bound, or “SMART.” We also urge the Secretariat to continue to seek external partnerships, which can provide valuable and meaningful support to Member States as they work to achieve their sustainable development priorities.

Mr. Chairperson,

The U.S. is very pleased to play an important role in supporting the Agency’s tremendous contributions to health, agriculture, and access to energy around the world in a safe and secure way. With these comments, the United States is pleased to join consensus in approving the TACC report. We thank the rapporteur for his work earlier this week to help TACC members reach consensus on this report.

Thank you, Mr. Chairperson.