Mohamed ElBaradei

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Many people are unaware of the numerous contributions that applied nuclear science and technology are making to sustainable development around the world. As the agency in the UN family responsible for accelerating and enlarging the contribution of atomic energy to peace and development, the IAEA works to both advance the knowledge base and exploit this knowledge to tackle the most pressing global challenges -- poverty and disease, natural resources management and environmental degradation.

At this year's World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, Secretary-General Kofi Annan pointed out that peace and prosperity cannot be achieved without partnerships involving governments, international organizations, the business community and civil society. I share his view that no development institution can operate successfully alone.

This brochure highlights IAEA's co-operation with UNDP in the field of natural resource management. The stories illustrate how partnerships help people in developing countries make more productive use of existing resources while preserving their environment. The IAEA recently adopted a new strategy for technical co-operation that addresses sustainable development priorities in developing countries with the objective of promoting tangible social and economic benefits. In implementing this new direction, the IAEA will continue to co-operate closely with UNDP and other members of the wider development community to further progress in its developing Member States.

Foreword: Mohamed ElBaradei
Foreword: James G. Speth
Introduction: Building Development Partnerships
Better Feeding for Better Breeding
Ending Africa's Rinderpest Plague
Defeating the Medfly
More Rice from Less Land
Helping to Save the Black Sea