U.S. Statement on the IAEA Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting

September 11-15, 2017

 

Agenda Item 3c

 

Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources: Guidance on the Management of Disused Radioactive Sources

 

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

 

 

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.

The United States is happy to see this document approved. We have long supported and endorsed the IAEA’s many efforts to enhance the safety and security of radioactive sources, including through the Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources, and the development of this guidance on the management of disused radioactive sources. We believe this document provides much-needed direction to Member States on how they can better meet their political commitments to the Code of Conduct when managing disused sources. We appreciate the hard work put in by experts of the Member States and by the Secretariat in its drafting.

We also wish to thank Ambassador Grossi for his efforts since March of this year, when we all agreed to work towards a consensus draft that could be approved at this meeting. The Guidance is comprehensive and fairly detailed, and it was no easy task to review the entire document and balance the various requests, interests, and viewpoints of the Member States involved. We are satisfied with the compromise text he brokered and deeply grateful to him for the effort in crafting it.

As called for in the agreed document, we call on Member States to write to the Director General that they are working toward following this Guidance.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.