U.S. Statement to the IAEA Board of Governors: Technical Cooperation Report for 2017

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

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting

Agenda Item 3: Technical Cooperation Report for 2017

Vienna, June 5, 2018

 

Thank you, Chair.
The United States commends the Secretariat for its comprehensive report on technical cooperation activities and achievements in 2017. The Technical Cooperation (TC) Program is an outstanding model for helping Member States achieve their development priorities.

U.S. support for the TC Program is unwavering. We remain the largest contributor to the Technical Cooperation Fund (TCF), having provided almost $175 million to the Fund since just 2010. The United States has further demonstrated its support for IAEA TC activities by contributing considerable additional extrabudgetary funds through the Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI), and making other voluntary financial and in-kind contributions. We are pleased that this voluntary funding assists the Agency in responding to urgent Member State needs.

In this regard, it is my pleasure to announce that the United States is allocating a total of $1 million through the Peaceful Uses Initiative to several national, regional, and interregional TC projects. These projects, which respond to Member State needs, will help improve research reactor infrastructure and safety; support human resource development and nuclear knowledge management; ensure patients have access to much-needed cancer treatment; and strengthen nuclear science and technology capacities in Least Developed Countries.

We encourage others in a financial position to do so to contribute through the PUI and other IAEA voluntary funding mechanisms, and we commend those that did so in 2017. We also encourage the Secretariat and Member States to continue and intensify their exploration of funding opportunities through non-traditional donors or partners.
We applaud the 2017 International Nuclear Institute (INI), which was held for the third time in the United States and the Czech Republic. INI combines technical lectures with practical experience and is one of many Agency activities promoting human resource development for nuclear power. We appreciate Deputy Director General Yang’s visit to the University of Massachusetts at Lowell this past July, where he marked the conclusion of the 2017 INI.

We appreciated the opportunity to participate in the 2017 International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Program and recently received a copy of the summary of proceedings. The Conference was an excellent opportunity to look back on the TC Program’s achievements over the past 60 years, and to think about how TC can continue to support Member States’ development in the years to come. We would welcome any further information the Secretariat could provide about specific ways that the TC Conference helped strengthen partnerships with Member States, other UN system and regional organizations, financial institutions, non-traditional donors, and the private sector, which was one of the expressed goals of the Conference. We look forward to working together with the Secretariat and other Member States to further highlight the concrete benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear technology during this fall’s Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology.

Chair, the United States urges the Secretariat to take additional steps to raise awareness of the TC Program and the benefits it brings to people all around the world. We also urge the Secretariat to optimize its One House approach in TC project design and implementation, including through the Program of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT), and to focus on enhancing the capacities of Least Developed Countries. We note positively the expanded use of the Country Programme Framework and the review underway to enhance its role as a strategic planning tool. Lastly, we welcome the general growth in the percentage of women participating in the TC Program and encourage the Secretariat to expand its efforts to increase this participation at all levels.

Chair, with these comments, the United States takes note of the TC Report for 2017 and requests that it be transmitted to the General Conference, with modifications as necessary.

Thank you, Chair.