The support is provided through national, regional and interregional regional projects that address such thematic priorities as radiation safety; health and nutrition; food and agriculture; energy; nuclear knowledge development and management; water and the environment; industrial applications; and radiation technology.
The Agency’s regional technical cooperation programme in the Asia and the Pacific region aims to address strategic regional priorities consistent with Member States’ national development plans. It has the goal to foster strong regional cooperation, strengthen the capacities of Member States and help them exchange knowledge, expertise, products and services.
Regional projects under the programme are either developed in line with two agreements between the IAEA and the agreement’s States Parties, or outside of them, through direct consultations with Member States. These agreements are:
- the Regional Co-operative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to
Nuclear Science and Technology (RCA), which has 22 States Parties; and
- the Cooperative Agreement for Arab States in Asia for Research, Development and Training
related to Nuclear Science and Technology (ARASIA), which has 10 States Parties.
In addition, a Regional Programme Framework for Asia and the Pacific has been in place since 2015. The Framework complements RCA’s and ARASIA’s regional planning and builds synergies between programmes at the regional and national levels, thereby contributing to the achievement of the United Nations' Sustainable Develpment Goals.