IAEA技術支援協力委員会(TACC)(議題2 2024-2025年技術協力プログラム)ステートメント(今西靖治公使)(英語)

Thank you, Chair,
Japan thanks the IAEA Secretariat for their tireless efforts to assist the TC recipient countries in preparing over 400 new projects for the 2024-2025 cycle, as contained in document GOV/2023/50/Add.1. Japan supports the approval of all of the projects by the Board of Governors, as we strongly believe that these projects together with the ongoing projects in document GOV/2023/50/Add.2 will contribute to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the socio-economic development of all of the recipient countries.
As the implementation of TC projects requires the Technical Cooperation Fund (TCF), Japan has been paying its share of the TCF in full and in a timely manner. To ensure the smooth operation of TC projects, we continue to encourage all Member States to pay their TCF target shares and National Participation Costs (NPCs) in full.
The Peaceful Uses Initiative (PUI) is a valuable mechanism to provide prompt and flexible support to recipient countries in line with their socio-economic and emergency needs. In this context, Japan welcomes Director General Grossi’s newly launched initiative, Atoms4Food, as we recognize that the urgent needs of many countries related to the projects on food and agriculture has been caused by the current global state of affairs. We hope that the Atoms4Food initiative begins with a wide range of support by IAEA Member States.
In addition, we would like to request the IAEA Secretariat to continue to ensure a high degree of transparency by providing regular updates on ZODIAC, NUTEC Plastics, and Rays of Hope. We also hope that the Agency will proactively call for broad assistance from a wider range of donors, including those in the private sector.
Japan continues to place great importance on human resource development in the field of nuclear science and technology. Therefore, this year, we made an extrabudgetary contribution to the project entitled “Supporting Nuclear Science and Technology Education at the Secondary and Tertiary Level”. Additionally, we are pleased that Japanese experts continue to play a central role in this project.

Finally, we appreciate the chairpersonship of Australia for the Regional Cooperation Agreement in Asia and the Pacific (RCA) this year. Thanks to Australia’s leadership and energetic commitment, we successfully held the RCA policy-making meetings in May in Sydney and in September in Vienna. We hope the newly proposed RCA projects contained in GOV/2023/50/Add.1 will be approved and implemented to maximize the socio-economic impact in our region.
With these comments, Japan supports the recommended actions to be presented to the Board of Governors as set out in document GOV/2023/50.
Thank you, Chair.