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Highlights from the 62nd IAEA General Conference: Department of Technical Cooperation

5 October 2018
The IAEA held its 62nd General Conference in September 2018. Over 2500 participants from 153 Member States attended. Multiple side events and informal meetings offered delegates the chance to learn about the IAEA’s work in nuclear science and technology, safety, security, safeguards and technical cooperation. 
This year, the Department of Technical Cooperation organized three side events, presenting IAEA activities to address cancer, profiling African women in science, and showcasing the Intercontinental Nuclear Institute.  The IAEA highlighted its key role in cancer care, prevention, and treatment at the side event ‘Delivering Results Against Cancer – Together we can make a change in fighting cancer’. Counterparts from Member States and IAEA staff described how the IAEA provides support through capacity building, training, technical advice, quality services, and procurement.  
The side event ‘Women in Nuclear: Leadership for TC Programme in Africa’ shared inspiring stories of women in nuclear science and technology in IAEA Member States in Africa. The event discussed the cultural and social challenges which face women wishing to pursue scientific careers and stressed the importance of education and mentorship in encouraging greater participation from young girls and women.  
At the side event on the Intercontinental Nuclear Institute (INI), INI graduates talked about their experiences in the institute, and described how this had positively affected their subsequent careers. 
IAEA Departments presented their work and activities through exhibitions. The Department of Technical Cooperation (TC)  presented  the work it does in the management and implementation of the One House IAEA technical cooperation programme.  A range of information material was available, and TC staff were on hand to answer any questions. Plenty of GC delegates also visited the TC photo booth to highlight issues of interest to them, and to promote the Sustainable Development Goals.
Exhibition booths were dedicated to the activities and research of Member States.
Over the course of the General Conference, thirteen Country Programme Frameworks (CPFs) were signed. A CPF is the frame of reference for medium-term planning of technical cooperation between a Member State and the IAEA. It identifies the priority areas where nuclear technology can be used to address priority national development goals.  
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Clockwise from top left: CPF signing ceremonies with Armenia, Kyrgyzstan, Turkey and Bulgaria.
Clockwise from top left: CPF signing ceremonies with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Nigeria and United Republic of Tanzania. 
Clockwise from top left: CPF signing ceremonies with Cyprus, Bangladesh, Peru and the Plurinational State of Bolivia.

CPF signing ceremony with Morocco. 		
A Practical Arrangements agreement was signed between the Algerian Atomic Energy Commission (COMENA) and the IAEA on enhancing technical cooperation among developing countries. Merzak Remki, Commissioner of COMENA, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed the agreement on 19 September 2018. 
The Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority (EAEA) and the IAEA also signed a Practical Arrangements agreement that establishes a framework for enhancing technical cooperation among developing countries through collaboration at the operational level with AFRA Regional Designated Centres, and relevant national institutions/laboratories.  Atef A. Abdelfattah Elkadime, EAEA Chairman, and Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, signed the agreement on 19 September 2018. 
State Parties of the regional cooperative agreements in Africa (AFRA), Asia and the Pacific (RCA), and Latin America and the Caribbean (ARCAL), and the cooperative agreement for Arab States in Asia (ARASIA), each met during the Conference to discuss regional technical cooperation. European Member States also met to discuss regional activities. 
One hundred and seventy Member States pledged their contribution to the IAEA Technical Cooperation Fund for 2019. Here, the UK Minister of State for Europe and the Americas, Sir Alan Duncan, hands the UK pledge to Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation.
The Scientific Forum, held on the margins of the 62nd General Conference, focused on Nuclear Technology for Climate: Mitigation, Monitoring and Adaptation, aiming to raise awareness of the role of nuclear technology in combating climate change. Key topics included the role of nuclear power in limiting CO2 emissions, monitoring and measuring climate change, adapting to a changing environment, and the role of the IAEA in raising awareness and transferring nuclear technologies.

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