The IAEA Board of Governors has approved the Technical Cooperation programme for 2012-2013.
The programme includes 756 new projects.
While the programme includes sustainable energy, water and the environment, radiation technology and nuclear knowledge management and development, the top areas for support are nuclear safety and security, health and nutrition, and food and agriculture.
Kwaku Aning, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation says, "There are as usual some variations in priority across regions: food and agriculture, for example, remains a priority in Africa, while safety projects predominate in Asia and the Pacific and Europe. In Latin America, health and nutrition are areas of key interest."
The 2012-2013 programme was considered and recommended to the Board by the Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee (TACC), which met from 14-16 November.
The cost of carrying out the new and on-going core projects for the 2012-2013 programme is estimated to be approximately 135 million Euros for the two year cycle. In addition, extra-budgetary contributions, including contributions to the Agency's Peaceful Uses Initiative, will enable the TC programme to address some unfunded components.
The Technical Cooperation (TC) programme is the primary mechanism for the integrated delivery of IAEA services to Member States.
Developed jointly by the Secretariat and the Member States, the IAEA's Technical Cooperation Programme helps transfer nuclear and related technologies for peaceful uses to countries throughout the world.