International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: Sixty Years and Beyond – Contributing to Development
The mandate of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is “to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity throughout the world”. The IAEA’s technical cooperation (TC) programme is the main mechanism through which the IAEA delivers assistance to Member States. The objective of the TC programme is to promote tangible socio-economic impact in areas where the peaceful application of nuclear technology holds a comparative advantage, including in human health, food and agriculture, water and the environment, industrial applications and energy. The TC programme is tailored to meet the specific needs of Member States, including those of least developed countries, and responds to the evolving needs and priorities of Member States through capacity building, transfer of nuclear technology, and the sharing of knowledge among Member States. The programme contributes directly in a cost-effective manner to the achievement of the major sustainable development priorities of each country. The TC programme seeks to promote sustainability and self-reliance, and has an important strategic role to play in addressing the multi-sectoral and interrelated developmental needs of Member States through the application of nuclear science and technology.
The IAEA continues to assist Member States in strategic planning and supports their efforts to integrate relevant Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) into their Country Programme Frameworks. This requires sharing a common vision on the future role of the TC programme, and building global partnerships with other United Nations (UN) system organizations and development agencies.
The year 2017 will mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of the IAEA. The International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme: Sixty Years and Beyond — Contributing to Development provides an ideal opportunity to take stock of what has been achieved through the TC programme and to demonstrate how the programme can best contribute to the evelopment and attainment of the SDGs in Member States.
The conference is an occasion for Member States and other partners to explore collectively innovative means to further develop partnerships with other UN system and regional organizations, financial institutions, non-traditional donors and the private sector, in order to enhance delivery of the TC programme.
The conference will have the following objectives:
· To highlight the achievements of the TC programme in supporting Member States over the last six decades in meeting their developmental priorities through the peaceful application of nuclear science and technology.
· To raise awareness of the TC programme’s role in, and contributions to, the achievement of the SDGs.
· To strengthen partnerships with Member States, UN system and regional organizations, financial institutions and non-traditional donors and the private sector, for enhancing TC programme delivery.
· To explore innovative approaches to further improve, strengthen and ensure the impact and sustainability of the TC programme.
All persons wishing to participate in the conference are requested to register online in advance through the conference web page.
The conference will be held at the IAEA’s Headquarters in Vienna, Austria. Participants must make their own travel and accommodation arrangements. Hotels which are offering a reduced rate for conference participants will be listed on the conference web page. Please note that the IAEA is not in a position to assist participants with hotel bookings, nor can the IAEA assume responsibility for paying cancellation fees or for re-bookings and no shows.
Detailed information on accommodation and other administrative details will be made available on the conference web page as soon as possible.