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IAEA Board of Governors Meeting – Agenda Item 2

IAEA Board of Governors Meeting – Agenda Item 2 – Program Performance Report for 2020-2021

Statement from the United States delivered by Ambassador Laura SH Holgate
Vienna, Austria, September 12, 2022

Chair,

Before turning to this agenda item, the United States congratulates you on your recent appointment as President of the Council and welcomes you to Vienna. Given your extensive diplomatic experience and significant expertise in nuclear nonproliferation, the United States welcomes your valuable contributions to the Council and the IAEA. We look forward to working with you.

Chair,

The United States commends the Secretariat’s continued efforts in the 2020-2021 biennium to strengthen the results-based approach it adopted in 2000 and has since applied to planning, implementing implementation, evaluation and accountability of IAEA programs. In particular, we note the Agency’s ability to quickly adapt its ways of working to continue delivering essential programmatic activities despite the unique challenges encountered throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. This adaptability included the coordination of meetings of the governing bodies of the Secretariat using technological innovations that still complied with the rules of procedure but did not compromise the efficiency of the Agency.

We commend the Agency for its work and continued efforts to increase the number of countries that have finalized a Country Programming Framework (CPF), which remains the primary strategic planning tool for the development of national technical cooperation and through which Member States can address the Sustainable Development Goals. We note that during the 2020 and 2021 biennia, 30 additional NCPs were finalized and signed, bringing the number of valid NCPs to 116 at the end of 2021. Recognizing the need to promote the participation of new Member States in the CT, we support the Agency’s efforts to increase the awareness and participation of developing countries in these assistance programs.

We appreciate the Director General’s vision, which places great importance on interdepartmental coordination and collaboration and reinforces the Agency’s “one-stop-shop” approach to program management. The implementation of cross-cutting initiatives such as the Marie Sklodowska-Curie Fellowship Programme, the SMR Platform and Nuclear Technology for Plastic Pollution Control over the past biennium highlights ways in which the Agency expands its reach under its approved program. These successful activities create the opportunity to undertake more dynamic integrated projects in the current biennium, such as the Rays of Hope initiative, which strengthens the Agency’s capacity to have a greater impact to address global health challenges. We look forward to continued efforts to strengthen the Agency’s activities in the above areas as well as on issues such as resource mobilization and gender equality.

Of course, any results-based management approach must always remain a work in progress. We fully support the Secretariat’s continued work towards a comprehensive accountability agenda with increased transparency, more qualitative performance indicators and more objective measurement of impact, including assessing progress and performance against results. expected.

With these comments, the United States takes note of the program performance report for 2020-2021.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman.