Mr Amano informed the Board about the Agency’s continued efforts to build and strengthen partnerships and to increase the visibility of the IAEA technical cooperation programme.
“We highlighted the contributions of nuclear science and technology to the Sustainable Development Goals at two important events – the United Nations High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development, and the International Conference on Public–Private Partnerships for the Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development,” he said.
Mr Amano reported on his recent visit to Cuba to attend the 35th anniversary of ARCAL, the Regional Cooperation Agreement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean. “Working closely with the Agency, ARCAL has become an excellent example of south-south cooperation, with more advanced users of nuclear technology sharing their expertise with their neighbours.”
Mr Amano reminded the Board of the importance of maintaining Member States’ contributions to the technical cooperation programme at “a level that ensures the Agency can meet the growing demands for our services.”
Noting that cancer remains a key focus of the IAEA’s work, Mr Amano provided an overview of the Agency’s work in this area. Support to many developing countries has included establishing and strengthening radiotherapy and nuclear medicine services and training specialists, including radiation oncologists and medical physicists, he said.
Cancer will be the subject of the 2019 IAEA Scientific Forum in September.