Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee Meeting starting on 23 November 2015 Item 2 : Technical cooperation: the Agency’s proposed programme for 2016 - 2017

Thank you Mr. Chairman,
I would like to begin by thanking the Secretariat for providing the Agency’s
Proposed Programme for 2016-17 (GOV/2015/60) to the Member States at an early date, and for holding a briefing regarding this document. I would also like to thank DDG-Yang for his introductory statement.
Japan attaches great importance to the Agency’s TC activities as they contribute to the socio-economic development of Member States, particularly of developing countries, by promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technology.

Japan acknowledges with satisfaction that tangible outcomes have been achieved through Director General Amano’s initiatives to promote peaceful uses of nuclear technology in the areas of human health and nutrition, food and agriculture, water management and environmental protection.

Japan appreciates the report by Director General (GOV/INF/2015/16) which provides an overview of the various contributions that the Agency’s technical cooperation programme has made to the achievement of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). In order for the Agency to increase its contribution and to raise its presence in the area of global development, Japan will continue to support Agency’s active involvement in the newly adopted 2030 agenda for Sustainable Development Goals, or SDGs.

Thanks to its continuous and tireless effort, the Agency has made a great progress in raising awareness of its unique contributions to global development goals. Japan sees a tremendous potential in the Agency’s activities which can significantly change people’s quality of life by utilizing nuclear science and technology. We acknowledge, however, that the Agency’s potential has not been fully known by global development communities, and therefore more efforts need to be done to obtain broader global understanding. In this regard, I would like to emphasize two upcoming significant international events in 2016, the G7 Ise-Shima Summit and TICADVI in Kenya. Japan will make the most of these events to raise awareness of the Agency’s activities in peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology, contributing to global development goals. As part of our efforts, my Mission, in cooperation with the Agency, hosted a Workshop on 16 November in Vienna related to human health, entitled “Global Health and Radiation Medicine: Opportunities and Challenges in the Era of Sustainable Development Goals”. Taking this opportunity, I thank those participants for making this event a great success.

Mr. Chairman,

Japan considers that the Country Programme Framework (CPF) is an important tool in determining the objectives of each TC activity in line with the country’s national development priorities and in achieving effective and efficient implementation of TC projects. Japan welcomes the Secretariat’s efforts to conclude CPFs with Member States and stresses the importance for as many recipient countries as possible to sign a CPF.

Despite its fiscal constraints, Japan has consistently paid its full share of the TCF. We would like to reiterate and stress the importance for all Member States to pay their share of the TCF target as well as their National Participation Cost (NPC) in full and on time to meet the most fundamental commitment in rendering resources for the TCF sufficient, assured and predictable.

Mr. Chairman,

On top of its contribution to the TCF, which supports core projects of the
Agency’s technical cooperation programme, Japan has contributed more than 15 million US dollars to the IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) in the last five years. We are now in the process of implementing our new PUI commitment, made during 2015 NPT Review Conference, of 25 million USD for the next five years. Japan considers the PUI as an effective means for implementing the “footnote-a” projects, and recently in this year, allocated about 1.23 million US dollars to the regional TC projects in Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, and Asia and the Pacific. Further, Japan made additional allocation of 2 million US dollars to the ReNuAL project to support the construction of new laboratories.

With the global communities facing the important challenge of achieving SDGs, Japan recognizes that the Agency’s activities in the areas of human health including cancer therapy, food and agriculture, water management and environmental protection have an irreplaceable and unique role to play in this endeavor. Japan believes that our continuous support to these areas through the PUI makes significant contributions to Director General’s “Atoms for Peace and Development”.

We will cooperate closely with relevant countries, regional organizations and the Secretariat so that we can make the best use of our PUI commitment.

Thank you Mr. Chairman.
The Practical Export Control Workshop was hosted by the Wassenaar Arrangement as part of its 20th Anniversary programs and held at the Permanent Mission of Japan to the International Organizations in Vienna on 27 and 28 June 2016. More than 100 government representatives from 46 countries participated in the technically focused Practical Workshop.
Workshop speakers included the 2016 WA Plenary Chair Ambassador Anu Laamanen (Finland), 2016 WA General Working Group Chair Ambassador Paul Beijer (Sweden), 2015-2016 WA Experts Group Chair Robertas Rosinas (Lithuania), 2016 WA Licensing and Enforcement Officers Meeting Chair Jon Erik Strömö (Norway), as well as the Head of the WA Secretariat, Ambassador Philip Griffiths. The WA control lists as well as export licensing and enforcement topics were covered during the two days.
The following link from WA’s webpage contains more details: