U.S. Statement as delivered by U.S. Ambassador Jackie Wolcott
IAEA Board of Governors Meeting
Agenda Item 2: Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee 2018
Vienna, November 22, 2018
On this American Thanksgiving Day, I would like to express that my delegation is thankful to have Director General Amano back in Vienna.
I would like to extend my appreciation to the Friends of the Rapporteur for their work in preparing this year’s Report of the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee (TACC) for the Board’s approval. The United States appreciated the opportunity to serve as Rapporteur on behalf of the North America Group, and we would like to thank colleagues for their constructive participation and contributions to the Report.
The United States remains fully committed to the IAEA Technical Cooperation Program and IAEA peaceful uses activities more broadly, consistent with Article IV of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). For over 60 years, we have been a leading supporter of TC activities to facilitate worldwide access to the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, consistent with the highest standards of safety, security, and nonproliferation. This has been made possible, in large part, by the confidence the NPT and broader nonproliferation regime provide.
The United States is pleased to remain the largest individual contributor to the IAEA technical cooperation activities. Since 2010, we have contributed almost $200 million to the Technical Cooperation Fund (TCF), over $96 million to the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI), and over $48 million to other voluntary funding mechanisms that promote peaceful nuclear activities through the Agency. Since this Board last met in September, the United States has made extrabudgetary contributions to a number of TC projects, including an interregional project focused on cradle-to-grave control of radioactive sources; a regional project in Latin America that will encourage women’s participation in nuclear science and technology; and projects in Benin, Guatemala, Libya, Mexico, and Morocco in the areas of human health, food, and agriculture.
We have also made a number of contributions to specific PUI projects that will help a large number of Member States address challenges related to transboundary animal diseases in Africa and Asia; strengthen agricultural development in West Africa; improve groundwater management in the Sahel; and address safety and infrastructure matters related to nuclear power. We look forward to the successful implementation of these projects, which will bring real, tangible benefits to people around the world.
On the matter of the Due Account Mechanism, we note that, during this week’s TACC meeting and subsequent consultations, Member States have expressed their readiness to continue discussions on strengthening the Mechanism. The recommendations on increasing the rate of attainment of the Technical Cooperation Fund, which were presented by the Ambassadors of Morocco and Slovenia as the Co-Facilitators, are a practical and valuable addition to this conversation. The United States will continue to engage in efforts to find an effective mechanism that encourages all Member States to pay their TCF shares in full and on time.
With these comments, the United States is pleased to join consensus in approving the report.