Statement by Ambassador Mitsuru Kitano at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 6 March 2017


Agenda Item 7: Appointment of the Director General

        Thank you, Mr. Chairman.
        Japan welcomes the unanimous decision of the Board to reappoint Director General Yukiya Amano for his third term. We believe this decision demonstrates the high appreciation of Member States for the work and achievements of the Agency over the past eight years. It also represents Member States’ continued confidence in the Director General, and their readiness to work closely with him and the Secretariat for the next four years.      
        I wish to thank you, Mr. Chairman, for conducting consultations with Board members and the broader membership of the Agency, with a view to ensuring that this decision is taken during this Board meeting.
        Director General,

        On behalf of the Government of Japan, I would like to express our heartfelt congratulations to you on your reappointment. Japan will continue to provide full support in your endeavour to maximize the Agency’s contributions to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world.
        Mr. Chairman,
        Over the past eight years, DG Amano and his team have achieved remarkable results across the full spectrum of the Agency’s activities. In the area of nuclear verification, the Director General’s leadership, and the professionalism of his team made an important contribution to the agreement of the JCPOA. The Agency continues to play an essential role in the verification and monitoring of Iran’s commitments under the JCPOA with the full support of its Member States and the international community. Japan also highly appreciates the Agency’s role on North Korea’s nuclear issues, and supports the Agency’s continued and full engagement in this matter.
        On nuclear safety, the Director General and his team have been at the forefront of promoting international cooperation for enhanced nuclear safety, taking into account the lessons learned from the Fukushima Daiichi accident and the implementation of the Nuclear Safety Action Plan. The Agency has also been instrumental in promoting collaboration in nuclear security. The entry into force of the Amendment to the CPPNM is a significant achievement in this area.
        The Agency’s programmes on the promotion of peaceful use of nuclear science and technology have been greatly strengthened. Now they are better aligned with global efforts to improve human health and to address climate change and various developmental challenges. Under “Atoms for Peace and Development”, these programmes are delivering tangible benefits for Member States in both nuclear power and non-power applications in a wide range of areas. The Agency’s unique contribution now draws higher attention and interest from various stakeholders.               
        Mr. Chairman,

        In conclusion, strong leadership and sound management are critical for the Agency in dealing with various ongoing and future challenges. Japan fully counts on the continued leadership of Director General Yukiya Amano, and it looks forward to working constructively with the Secretariat and Member States.
        Thank you, Mr. Chairman.