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Second Seminar on Technical Cooperation for Permanent Missions: strengthening open dialogue of technical cooperation programme

The Department of Technical Cooperation (TC) held its second Seminar on Technical Cooperation for Permanent Missions on 10 October 2011.  A total of 45 delegates attended. Like last year, the one day Seminar aimed to strengthen the knowledge base of Member States and the Secretariat on the TC programme, in order to facilitate a common understanding, informed discussion and decision-taking.

The Seminar was structured so that presentations moved from overarching issues such as the policy framework right down to the stage of preparations in the programme cycle. Each session narrowed the focus of the Seminar, relating more concrete aspects of the programme to the preceding sessions. Most presentations were made by two speakers, one from the Department of Technical Cooperation and one from Departments of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, Energy, or Safety and Security. This highlighted the One House nature of the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme.

The Seminar was divided into eight sessions. Session I provided an overview of how the Agency’s technical assistance and cooperation work has evolved over the years, and highlighted the important role played by Member States and by the Permanent Missions. Session II concentrated on the Policy Framework, presenting the relationship between the Agency and the United Nations, introducing the documents that establish technical cooperation policy, and extracting key technical cooperation principles from the documents that guide the programme. Session III concentrated on the International Development Context and the TC programme, presenting the global context within which the TC programme operates, how science and technology contribute to the achievement of Member State development priorities, and explaining the connection between the TC programme and the Millennium Development Goals. The session explained the importance of partnerships and participation in the UNDAF process, and a concrete example of IAEA cooperation with UNIDO underscored the benefits of partnerships with United Nations system organizations.

Session IV focused on Identifying and Addressing Member State Needs and Priorities, explaining how Member States and the Secretariat identify and address capacities and capacity gaps through the Country Programme Framework. The session also presented the services offered to Member States by the IAEA Secretariat. In addition, time was devoted to explaining the IAEA’s response to the accident at Fukushima Daichi. Session V concentrated on Programme Roles and Responsibilities, explaining roles within the Secretariat, and of the Agency’s policy making organs as they relate to the TC programme. Session VI was devoted to Funding the Technical Cooperation Programme, and covered the resources available to the programme.

Session VII covered the entire TC programme cycle from upstream work right through approval, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, emphasising the continuous nature of the programme and the fact that implementation and planning take place at the same time for different cycles. The session also explained the rationale for the 30 Fields of Activity that are used in programme development.

The Seminar was closed by Kwaku Aning, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation with a roundtable (Session VIII), where the challenges and opportunities for the technical cooperation programme were discussed. Mr Aning stressed the importance of the Permanent Missions in the TC programme and emphasized how valuable their support is, both at the policy and operational levels, in ensuring that the TC programme responds efficiently and effectively to Member State needs.

The presentations for each session are available below.

- Session I: Welcome and Introduction
- Session II: The Policy Framework
- Session III: The International Development Context and the Technical Cooperation Programme
- Session IV: Identifying and Addressing Member State Needs and Priorities
- Session V: Programme Roles and Responsibilities
- Session VI: Financing the Programme
- Session VII: The Programme Cycle

Responsible/Contact: Department of Technical Cooperation | Last update: 13 Feb, 2013

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