DELIVERED BY AMBASSADOR KUNTZLE
INTERNATIONAL ATOMIC ENERGY AGENCY
BOARD OF GOVERNORS
AGENDA ITEM 3: NUCLEAR TECHNOLOGY REVIEW
4 MARCH 2019; VIENNA
I have the honour to address the Board on behalf of the Co-Chairs of the Friends of ReNuAL, Germany and South Africa.
Under this agenda item, we would like to reiterate the importance of the ReNuAL/ReNuAL+ Project in the fields of nuclear science, technology and applications for peaceful uses. Member States have received support in a number of areas such as industrial applications, food and agriculture, animal production and health, soil and water resource management, environment, and human health. In this regard, the Agency´s Nuclear Applications Laboratories in Seibersdorf are essential to the IAEA´s work in the aforementioned areas. These facilities have demonstrated their importance in assisting in the improvement of the quality of life; as well as in the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).
ReNuAL is an illustration of how we, as Member States, working together in concrete, practical terms, can harness our efforts in the areas of nuclear science and technology, to advance the cause of humanity. Collaborating with the Secretariat, we can further realise the Agency´s motto of „Atoms for peace and development.“
These renovations of the Laboratories in Seibersdorf have seen remarkable progress since work started a few years back and the inauguration of the Flexible Modular Laboratory at the Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology in November 2018 was another key milestone in the project.
The Ministerial Conference was an excellent opportunity to raise awareness on the use of nuclear science, technology and applications for peaceful uses and their delivery to Member States while highlighting their future contribution and that of the laboratories to the attainment of sustainable development.
While much has been achieved to mobilize resources for the ReNuAL/ReNuAL+ project, an additional 1.25 million Euro is needed in 2019 to bring the new buildings to full functionality. These resources are needed for the equipping and set-up of the new facilities, including the Energy Centre that will allow for enhanced energy efficiency while providing heating and cooling to the new laboratories.
The Agency has been able to achieve these laudable goals, largely thanks to the generosity of fellow Member States, whose contributions have made the journey a success, wherein these laboratories have become state of the art. As co-chairs, we are heartened by the fact that we continue to have new Member State contributors to ReNuAL/ReNuAL+.
In the same vein, a number of member States have made repeat contributions and we thank all Member States, institutions and individuals, who have contributed to this project so far.
Madam Chair, we would also like to take this opportunity to appeal to Member States and to non-traditional donors, in a position to do so, to continue to make financial and in-kind contributions to this project in order to complete the remaining elements successfully.
We would also like to express our appreciation for the Agency’s efforts aimed at extending its partnerships and resource mobilization base beyond its traditional partners, including the utilisation of the United Nations Global Marketplace, where a list of required equipment items were placed. We therefore encourage and urge all Member States to highlight this opportunity to manufacturers in their countries. A positive example in this respect was the successful delivery of the Linear Accelerator (LINAC) by a private company as IAEA´s most successful private partnership arrangement to date.
Moreover, we are pleased to note that the installation of the LINAC has commenced and that the fit out is on schedule and expected to be completed by the end of April.
In conclusion madam Chair, as Co-Chairs, we encourage Member States, through the Governors, Ambassadors, and the experts who have not as yet been able to visit and tour the ReNuAL site at Seibersdorf, to find time and experience the achievements first hand.
Thank you Madam Chair.
#IAEA Board: Amb Küntzle speaking for Co-Chairs of „Friends of #ReNuAl“ 🇿🇦& 🇩🇪: Project is example how we can harness efforts in the areas of #nuclear science & technology to advance the cause of humanity. #SDGs— Germany UN Vienna (@GermanyUNVienna) 5. März 2019
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