Statement by Ambassador HIKIHARA Takeshi at the IAEA Board of Governors Meeting starting on Monday, 14 September 2020: Item 7: Strengthening the Agency’s activities related to nuclear science, technology and applications

Thank you, Madam Chair,


Japan hopes that the Agency will further promote peaceful uses of nuclear technology, based upon the central role it plays in nuclear science, technology and applications, in cooperation with Member States. In the COVID-19 pandemic, the IAEA’s role in the field of nuclear energy and non-energy applications continues to be all the more important in achieving the SDGs advocated by the United Nations. Member States are encouraged to continue their cooperation with the Agency to promote the peaceful uses of nuclear technology.


The Seibersdorf Laboratories have been helping the IAEA meet the needs and interests of Member States by utilizing nuclear applications and technologies.
The renovation of the laboratories through the ReNuAL and ReNuAL+ projects, which aims at more effective and efficient support, will provide benefit to all Member States. Japan strongly supports this initiative and has so far contributed to these projects approximately 6.6 Million Euros.

We thank Director General Grossi for his briefing regarding the ReNuAL-2 project, which he explained that the project will require additional 24.8 Million Euros for completion. Japan hopes that a wide range of Member States will consider their contributions to this important project.

Japan highly values the inauguration of “the Yukiya Amano Laboratory” in June, named after late Director General Yukiya Amano, as a remembrance for his engaged promotion of the ReNuAL and ReNuAL+ projects. It is Japan’s wish that the IAEA will fulfill its mission and further meet the needs of Member States by utilizing these facilities.

Partnerships with the private sector is beneficial in implementing ReNuAL projects. Japan feels fortunate that we have already had good examples of cooperation with the Japanese private sector. Japan looks forward to active information sharing and communication by the Secretariat to further strengthen partnership with the private sector.


In the context of the present agenda item, we highly appreciates Director General Grossi’s initiative on ZODIAC. I am not going to repeat our point of view I have already expressed in the agenda item yesterday.

Marie Skłodowska-Curie Fellowship 

Last but not least, Japan welcomes the endeavors of the Secretariat to achieve gender parity. We firmly support the IAEA Marie Sklodowska Curie Fellowship initiative.

With these comments, Japan takes note of the Agency’s report, GOV/2020/28.

Thank you, Madame Chair.