The overall strategic framework of the TC programme is determined by pertinent provisions laid down in key documents of the Agency, such as:
IAEA Statute, Article II:
“The Agency shall seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity.”
INFCIRC/267 guides the provision of all technical assistance by the International Atomic Energy Agency.
IAEA Medium Term Strategy 2006-2011:
“The Agency will be playing a leading role in anticipating, promoting and facilitating the peaceful uses of nuclear energy for sustainable development.”
IAEA Medium Term Strategy 2012-2017:
"The Agency will enhance its role in promoting the advantages of nuclear technology and applications where they have an added value for addressing basic human and socio-economic development needs and in promoting capacity building in Member States."
TC Strategy, 2002:
“ … contributing directly … to the achievement of the major sustainable development priorities of each country.”
The IAEA Gender Equality Policy aims to further gender equality by implementing gender mainstreaming in the Agency’s programmes and operations. Efforts to mainstream gender through the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme are guided by this policy, and by the 2006 Interim Gender Policy on Incorporating a Gender Perspective into Technical Cooperation.
Strategic direction for the multi-annual TC programme is provided by the Agency’s Members States and, more specifically, by relevant advisory and governance entities, such as the IAEA's General Conference, the Board of Governors, and the Standing Advisory Group on Technical Assistance and Cooperation (SAGTAC).
At the same time, the Agency’s senior management provides long-term, thematic guidance on the scope and substance of the TC programme, based on facts, forecasts, trend analyses and findings undertaken by relevant subject matter experts. These expert assessments take into account country specific conditions and priorities as well as relevant assumptions, conclusions, and recommendations from UN and other international organisations and partners.
Furthermore, the TC programme is informed by other relevant strategies and policies as well as regional strategic priorities set by Member States.