Director General Pays First Official Visit to Monaco

IAEA and Monaco Government Discuss Shared Initiatives

Yukiya Amano

Director General Amano (center) receives a briefing on radiotherapy at the Princess Grace Hospital in Monaco.

13 July 2010 | Director General Amano renewed ties with a trusted IAEA partner yesterday in his meetings with leaders from Monaco to discuss cancer control and the environment. A longtime supporter of the IAEA´s work to fight cancer and protect marine environments, the Principality of Monaco welcomed Director General Amano for two days of talks with senior government officials on 12 July.

During the first day of meetings, the Amano-led IAEA delegation held productive talks with two Monegasque government ministers at the headquarters of the Prince Albert II Foundation and Princess Grace Hospital. Mr. Amano was given a briefing on the activities of the foundation related to the Agency´s and Principality´s shared priorities on marine research and environmental preservation.

Director General Amano then paid a visit to Princess Grace Hospital, where he was shown various departments dedicated to nuclear medicine and radiotherapy by Mr. Stephane Valeri, Minister for Social Affairs and Health. The hospital´s staff and the IAEA delegation discussed projects to fight cancer in French-speaking African countries.

On the trip´s second day, Mr. Amano will meet Prince Albert II to discuss further cooperation on shared priorities for Monaco and the IAEA.

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-- By Dana Sacchetti, IAEA Division of Public Information

Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General