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Ambassador Benedejčič reaffirmed Slovenia's support to the IAEA technical cooperation programme

Statement by Ambassador Andrej Benedejčič, Permanent Representative and Governor from Slovenia, at the meeting of the IAEA Board of Governors, on the Technical Cooperation Report for 2016 (Agenda item 3), Vienna, 13 June 2017

Mr. Chairperson,

Slovenia supports the statement delivered on behalf of the EU by the Maltese Ambassador.  In addition, I would like to make several remarks in my national capacity.

Mr. Chairperson,

I would like to commend Director General Amano and Deputy Director General Yang for a balanced, structured and comprehensive Technical Cooperation Report for 2016 and its Supplement.  Let me also say that in our view the International Conference on the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme, which took place at the end of May, was a well-organized event. We think it enabled sharing of experiences and ensured more coherent and focused approach for successful TC Programme implementation in the future.

Mr. Chairperson,

My country believes that all Member States should have access to TCP, including through the Technical Cooperation Fund. As regards my country’s involvement in the TC Programme, several institutions in Slovenia fulfilled 18 requests for training in 2016. Various Slovenian stakeholders are also actively involved in the research projects co-sponsored by the TC Programme. In 2016, there were 14 such projects. Within the 2016-2017 TC cycle we launched two new national projects, one related to radioactive waste management and the other aimed at strengthening competences of the nuclear safety regulatory body. We support implementation of the TC programme by organizing workshops, training courses, meetings and similar events. Last year we hosted 4 such events. In this connection, I need to mention the involvement of Slovenian experts in numerous regional as well as inter-regional TC projects.

I would now like to turn to the issue of the thematic distribution of resources.  We have noted that almost half of the whole TC Programme in 2016 was devoted to health and nutrition followed by safety and security.  The other half of the programme was accounted for by the other five areas.  Although it could have also been balanced in another direction, in our opinion this is a rather fair distribution considering the importance of these projects. We are convinced that instead of changing the distribution of funds, it is more important to use them efficiently with the aim of meeting the countries’ needs and supporting their efforts to achieve Sustainable Development Goals.  We also think that the report clearly corroborates this by providing examples from Member States.

Mr. Chairperson,

In conclusion, I would like to inform the Board that Slovenia has already paid its contribution to the TC Fund and to the regular budget for 2017 in full and on time.

With this, my Delegation takes note of the Technical Cooperation Report for 2016, as contained in the document GOV/2017/17.

Thank you.