The annual meeting of the IAEA's Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee, or TACC, convened on 25 November 2013 at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna.
The TACC is considering the proposed IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme for 2014-2015, as well as the 2013 evaluation of technical cooperation activities.
In his introductory statement to the TACC, Kwaku Aning, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, presented the proposed Technical Cooperation Programme for 2014-2015, noting that it included "fewer, larger, and more comprehensive projects" that will "reduce programme administration and backstopping, resulting in concrete efficiencies and enabling stronger Secretariat support to projects'". He also mentioned that "safety and security still account for the largest part of the new core programme at 25%, followed by health and nutrition at 24%, and food and agriculture at 19%."
Technical Cooperation Programme
The IAEA Technical Cooperation (TC) programme is the main mechanism through which the IAEA delivers services to its Member States. Through the programme, the IAEA helps Member States to build, strengthen and maintain capacities in the safe, peaceful and secure use of nuclear technology in support of sustainable socioeconomic development. TC projects provide expertise in fields where nuclear techniques offer advantages over other approaches, or where nuclear techniques can usefully supplement conventional means. All Member States are eligible for support, although in practice technical cooperation activities tend to focus on the needs and priorities of less developed countries.