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Technical Cooperation Highlights - IAEA's 57th General Conference

7 October 2013
On 16 – 20 September 2013, diplomats, experts and officials gathered in Vienna for the IAEA’s 57th General Conference (GC) to discuss the IAEA’s programme and activities and decide on a wide range of issues. Many events concerning the IAEA's technical cooperation (TC) programme and its projects took place during the Conference. Click through to see the highlights >>The Department of Technical Cooperation (TC) presented an exhibition on the IAEA’s TC programme. Hundreds of conference participants visited the exhibit. TC staff were available at the exhibition to answer the questions of conference participants and to provide insight to the IAEA’s work. 
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Information material about technical cooperation activities was also available to be picked up, alongside the new TC Annual Report, the TC brochure, various fact sheets and success stories, and many other publications.
The IAEA Annual General Conference also presented a joint exhibition by the Departments of Nuclear Applications, Nuclear Energy and Technical Cooperation. The One House exhibition showcases the areas where the IAEA contributes to sustainable development.Mongolia celebrated its 40th anniversary as an IAEA Member State with an informative exhibition on the benefits the country has gained from nuclear technology and the IAEA’s technical cooperation support. Since 1973, Mongolia has received significant and continuous technical cooperation assistance from the IAEA through training courses, experts and procurement of equipment.Pakistan held an exhibition entitled ‘Colours of Pakistan’, which highlighted the county’s efforts to address development issues with nuclear science and technology. The exhibit presented Pakistan’s progress in developing a nuclear power programme, as well as achievements in nuclear medicine and research made with the help of the IAEA's TC programme. Ethiopia held an exhibition on the Southern Tsetse Eradication Project (STEP), supported by the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme. The project utilizes the sterile insect technique (SIT) to control insect pests, with the aim of eventually eradicating tsetse from the country. 
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During the week, Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA visited the stand. 
During the Conference, Ghana celebrated 50 years of cooperation with the IAEA with a large exhibition on major achievements made with the support of the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme. The exhibit presented many project benefits as well as ongoing efforts to enhance the country’s capacities in nuclear science and technology for development.SESAME – the International Centre for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East – hosted an exhibition to provide information about SESAME and its cooperation with the IAEA. During the week, SESAME experts answered questions from conference participants, providing insight into SESAME’s work.SESAME – the International Centre for Synchrotron-Light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East – hosted an exhibition to provide information about SESAME and its cooperation with the IAEA. During the week, SESAME experts answered questions from conference participants, providing insight into SESAME’s work.A further side event entitled ‘Innovative Technologies for Waste Water Treatment and Marine Environment Protection’ was organized by the Department of Technical Cooperation to raise awareness of e-beam technology, and to build partnerships with external research institutions, laboratories, and industry and technology developers. The side event took an in-depth look at the innovative use of this technology to break down waste and pollutants in water. On 18 September 2013, on the margins of the 57th General Conoference, the Governments of Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan signed an agreement for joint management of the Nubian Sandstone Aquifer System. The agreement (a Strategic Action Programme) is a successful outcome of an IAEA technical cooperation project, implemented jointly with the United Nations Development Programme and the Global Environment Fund (UNDP-GEF), and the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The agreement provides a framework for agreed collective actions to manage the aquifer. A reception was held to mark IAEA activities in aquifer mapping and water resource management in Africa. Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA, congratulated Chad, Egypt, Libya and Sudan on the signature of the Nubian Aquifer Strategic Action Programme. Turkey signed a Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2013-2017. Portugal signed its second Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2013-2018.Kuwait signed its second Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2014-2019. Ukraine signed its third Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2013-2017. Bangladesh signed a Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2013-2017. Pakistan signed a Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2014-2019.Sri Lanka signed a Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2014-2017.Panama signed a Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2014-2018.Romania signed third Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2014-2019Angola signed its Second Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2013-2018.Uganda signed its third Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2014-2018.The IAEA, through its technical cooperation programme, supports three regional cooperative agreements among Member States in the Africa region, Asia and the Pacific region, and Latin America and the Caribbean region. A separate cooperative agreement has also been established for Arab States in Asia. Four meetings of these regional and cooperative agreements took place during the Conference to discuss regional technical cooperation. 
Photos, design and captions: 
Katerina Monikainen

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