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The Technical Cooperation Programme is one of IAEA's central contributions to the achievement of SDGs

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Statement by Ambassador Barbara Žvokelj,
Permanent Representative of Slovenia to the IAEA,
at the meeting of the IAEA Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee,
on the Agency’s Proposed Programme for 2021 (Agenda item 2)

Vienna, 11 November 2020

Madame Chairperson,

In addition to what has been said on behalf of the European Union, I would like to make several additional comments in my national capacity.

Madame Chairperson,

At the outset, I would like to thank the Director General for his report on the IAEA’s proposed Technical Cooperation Programme (TCP) for 2021. Furthermore, I wish to reiterate Slovenia’s strong support to the IAEA TCP and underline its importance as one of the Agency’s central contributions to the achievement of the SDGs.

The TCP is also the primary mechanism of the IAEA for transfer of nuclear technology to its Member States. In this connection, we appreciate that the benefits of the TCP are available to all Member states and that it maintains a diverse range of technical cooperation projects. One of the aspects of this variety is the Agency's response to the COVID-19 outbreak and provision of timely assistance to its Member States. With this in mind, I would like to once again thank the Agency and donors for the provision of detection equipment and diagnostic kits.

Madame Chairperson,

In the on-going technical cooperation cycle Slovenia is implementing a national project aimed at strengthening the capacities of competent national authorities to ensure safe operation of nuclear and radiation facilities and management of radwaste. Recently we have begun preparations for the next technical cooperation cycle. Two projects are being developed, one focusing on radioactive waste management and nuclear and radiation safety, and the other on management of oncological diseases. It is worth pointing out that Slovenia’s proposed national programme will be completely in line with the Country Programme Framework (CPF).

Finally, Madame Chairperson,

I would like to highlight the fact that Slovenia pledged its full share of the Technical Cooperation Fund (TFC) target for 2021 and will also pay it in full.

Thank you, Madame Chairperson.