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Third Seminar on Technical Cooperation for Permanent Missions: strengthening open dialogue of technical cooperation programme
16 October 2012
The Department of Technical Cooperation (TC) has held its third annual Seminar on Technical Cooperation for Permanent Missions on 15 October 2012. The event brought together around 50 delegates from Permanent Missions in Vienna, the European Union and the IAEA Secretariat.

The Seminar is organized each year with the objective of providing a detailed overview of the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme to new staff at the Vienna-based Permanent Missions. The Seminar strengthens knowledge and understanding of TC procedures, and creates an ideal base for common understanding, informed discussion and decision-taking.

Like last year, the one-day Seminar was structured so that presentations moved from overarching issues such as the policy framework right down to the stage of preparations in the programme cycle. Each session narrowed the focus of the Seminar, relating more concrete aspects of the programme to the preceding sessions.

This year, participants heard an additional new presentation at the beginning of the Seminar that provided a broad overview of the IAEA’s TC programme before the more detailed presentations were made. Several videos were presented to the participants to illustrate TC work and provide examples of projects for better understanding.

Most presentations were made by two speakers, one from the Department of Technical Cooperation, and another from a technical Department: Nuclear Sciences and Applications, Energy, or Safety and Security. This highlights the crosscutting ‘One House’ nature of the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme.

The Seminar was split into nine sessions. The first session offered a brief outline of how the Agency’s technical assistance and cooperation work has grown over the years, and highlighted the important role of Member States and the Permanent Missions. Session II summarized the main areas of TC work and gave a general overview of the IAEA’s TC Programme, its aims, activities and its management. Focussing on the Policy Framework, Session III presented key technical cooperation principles from the documents that guide the programme and introduced the documents that establish the IAEA’s technical cooperation policy.

Session IV was concerned with the International Development Context and the TC programme, and set the global context for the TC programme. This session highlighted how science and technology contribute to the achievement of Member State development priorities, and explained the connection between the TC programme and the Millennium Development Goals. The importance of partnerships and participation in the UNDAF process, and examples of IAEA cooperation with UNIDO and other organizations, underlined the benefits of partnerships with United Nations system organizations.

In Session V the focus was on Identifying and Addressing Member State Needs and Priorities, showing how Member States and the Secretariat use the Country Programme Framework to identify and address capacities and capacity gaps. This session presented the services offered by the IAEA Secretariat to Member States and pointed out how each TC project takes safety aspects into consideration.

Programme Roles and Responsibilities were the topic of Session VI, explaining the Member State and Secretariat roles within the TC programme, as well as the tasks of the of the Agency’s policy-making organs. The entire TC programme cycle from upstream work right through approval, implementation, monitoring and evaluation was the main focus of Session VII. The continuous nature of the programme and the fact that implementation and planning take place at the same time for different cycles was emphasized. Finally, the funding of the TC programme and the resources available to it were covered in Session VIII.

The Seminar concluded with a high level panel discussion with Deputy Director General Kwaku Aning, Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, DDG Denis Flory, Head of the Department of Nuclear Safety and Security, DDG Alexander Bychkov, Head of the Department of Nuclear Energy, and Ms Meera Vankatesh, Director of Physical and Chemical Sciences, on behalf of DDG Daud Mohamad, Head of the Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications. The panel discussed the challenges and opportunities the technical cooperation programme faces today. The importance of the Permanent Missions in the TC programme and their valuable support was mentioned by Mr. Aning when pointing out that at both policy and operational levels, Member State engagement in the TC programme is crucial to an efficient and effective programme response.

The presentations for each session are available below.
- Session I: Welcome and Introduction
- Session II: Overview of the Technical Cooperation Programme
- Session III: The Policy Framework
- Session IV: The International Development Context and the Technical Cooperation Programme
- Session V: Working with Member States to Identify and Address their Needs and Priorities
- Session VI: Programme Roles and Responsibilities
- Session VII: The Programme Cycle
- Session VIII: Financing the Programme

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