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Maintaining progress: African Senior Ministry of Health Officials consider how to sustain nuclear medicine services in the continent
12 October 2015 | With the goal of addressing the challenges posed by operation and maintenance costs, 43 medical professionals attended an IAEA-organized Regional Meeting on Strengthening and Sustaining of Nuclear Medicine Programmes in Africa, held at the Agency’s Vienna headquarters from 5-9 October. Read more»
Back to School: European training specialists receive briefing on the newest nuclear safety training course
7 October 2015 | A workshop, held from 30 September—2 October, was attended by 14 training specialists from throughout the European region in order to learn about the newest iteration of the Basic Professional Training Course on Nuclear Safety (BPTC). Read more»
Closing Soon - Final Call for 2015 Best Practice Submissions!
2 October 2015 | Submissions for the 2015 best practice collection are closing in two weeks – please submit your proposals using the survey questionnaire before 15 October 2015. Read more»
Cancer Care in Tunisia: Changing Perceptions
1 October 2015 | Cancer isn’t a death sentence. At least not anymore. This is the message Tunisian doctors are delivering to their patients: If detected and treated early, cancer is curable. Read more»
The Department of Technical Cooperation celebrates another successful IAEA General Conference
28 September 2015 | On Monday, September 14, the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters opened its doors to more than 3,000 delegates attending the Agency’s 59th General Conference. This week-long event is held annually, and brings together high level representatives of the Agency’s 165 Member States to consider the Agency’s future work, budget and priorities. View photo essay»
Building competences for Nuclear Knowledge Management: NKM School 2015
28 September 2015 | The School of Nuclear Knowledge Management is a specialized, week-long certificate training course, jointly organized by the IAEA and the Abdus Salam International Centre for Theoretical Physics (ICTP) and is a popular course with added value of a strong focus on practical NKM implementation.
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How the IAEA Will Contribute to the Sustainable Development Goals
25 September 2015 | The IAEA will play an active part in helping the international community with the achievement of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which are expected to be adopted at the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Summit in New York this weekend. Read more»
Asian Cooperative Agreement holds 44th General Conference meeting
22 September 2015 | Some 50 representatives from 22 participating Government Parties of the Asia and Pacific region, as well as the IAEA, met at the IAEA Headquarters in Vienna, Austria on 11 September 2015 for the 44th RCA General Conference Meeting. Read more»
IAEA and KISR sign Practical Arrangement to enhance cooperation in the area of marine environmental monitoring and protection
18 September 2015 | The IAEA and Kuwait Institute for Scientific Research (KISR) are now working together to address marine environmental monitoring and protection challenges. Under the practical arrangement, the IAEA and KISR will collaborate to further strengthen institutional and technical capabilities. Read more»
Egypt signs its third Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2016-2021
18 September 2015 | Prof. Dr. Atef A. Abdel-Fattah, Chairman of the Egyptian Atomic Energy Authority and National Liaison Officer, and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Egypt’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2016-2021 on 18 September 2015. Read more»
Reducing Cancer Deaths by a Third in 15 Years: How the IAEA can Help
17 September 2015 | The IAEA can play an important role in assisting countries to meet an ambitious new target of reducing cancer-related deaths by a third in the next 15 years, Director General Yukiya Amano said in a panel discussion on global cancer control at IAEA headquarters. Read more»
A chance for each child: A proposal for a new TC project aims to gather data to improve programmes that address stunting
17 September 2015 | This August, a kick-off meeting for a proposed interregional project, “Contributing to the Evidence Base to Improve Stunting Reduction Programmes”, was held at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna. Read more»
Managing Soils for Climate-Smart Agriculture: Celebrating the International Year of Soils
17 September 2015 | Nuclear techniques are making a significant contribution to climate-smart agriculture, by helping to combat soil erosion, improve soil fertility, crop water use efficiency and crop yields, said speakers at an IAEA General Conference side event yesterday, in celebration of the 2015 International Year of Soils. Read more»
Indonesia signs its third Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2016-2020
17 September 2016 | Prof. Djarot S. Wisnubroto, Chairman of BATAN, and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Indonesia’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2016-2020. Read more»
The Role of Nuclear Technology in the Post-2015 Development Agenda
16 September 2016 | Nuclear science and technology have made key contributions to development over the last few decades, and the IAEA is prepared to support emerging United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) through its Technical Cooperation Programme. Read more»
Fiji signs its first Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2016–2021
16 September 2016 | Mr Osea Naiqamu, Minister for Fisheries and Forests, Fiji and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Fiji’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2016–2021. Read more»
Marshall Islands signs its First Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2016 - 2021
16 September 2016 | Mr Bruce Kijiner, Secretary of Foreign Affairs, Marshall Islands and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Marshall Island’s first Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2016–2021. Read more»
Towards Optimal Cancer Treatment: IAEA Launches New Smartphone App for Cancer Staging
16 September 2015 | Identifying the stage of cancer quickly and accurately will become easier for health care professionals in developing countries, thanks to an IAEA-developed smartphone app launched today. Read more»
The Czech Republic signs its second Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2016-2021
16 September 2015 | Mr Petr Krs, Deputy Chairman of State Office for Nuclear Safety (SUJB), and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed the Czech Republic’s Country Programme Framework for the period of 2016–2021. Read more»
Tunisia signs its second Country Programme Framework (CPF) for 2015-2019
14 September 2015 | HE Mr Chiheb Bouden, Minister for Higher Education and Scientific Research and Mr Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, have signed Tunisia’s Country Programme Framework (CPF) for the period of 2015–2019. Read more»
PACT launches campaign to raise awareness of the persistent inequalities in access to lifesaving cancer services
14 September 2015 | The IAEA's Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) will highlight the growing global divide in cancer survival rates at a side event, held on the margin's of the Agency's 59th General Conference. Read more»
Technical Cooperation side events at the 59th IAEA General Conference
11 September 2015 | The 59th regular session of the IAEA General Conference is taking place 14 –18 September at the Vienna International Centre. Numerous events and exhibitions are being held on the margins to raise awareness of the wide range of IAEA activities and services. Read more»
Enhancing water resource management in the Sahel for better access to safe water – An update on three years of technical cooperation
11 September 2015 | In June 2012, the IAEA, through its TC programme, launched a regional project to assist the countries of the Sahel to effectively manage their shared water resources. Read more»
New Horizons for Wastewater Treatment: How Radiation Can Help Tackle Water Shortages and Make Wastewater Safer
3 September 2015 | With the support of the IAEA, thirteen countries are researching the use of electron beam irradiation, also known as e-beam, as an additional treatment method for domestic and industrial wastewater.Read more»
IAEA Publishes Technical Cooperation Report for 2014
1 September 2015 | The IAEA provided development assistance to 131 countries and territories in 2014, seven more than 2013, according to the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Report, published along with its Annual Report this month. The report will be discussed at the IAEA’s General Conference in September. Read more»
From visionary intent to innovative action: Implementing the Africa Mining Vision
31 August 2015 | More than 40 experts from 20 IAEA Member States across the African region met in Arusha, Tanzania to identify how to foster the African Mining Vision’s objective in the coming years. Read more»
Targeting cancer: Bogotá meeting evaluates progress in the use of therapeutic radiopharmaceuticals in Latin America
25 August 2015 | From 13 to 17 July 2015, more than 15 radio-pharmacists, radio-chemists and nuclear medicine physicians attended a Regional Intermediate Project Coordinators Meeting, hosted by the Colombian National Cancer Institute and supported by the IAEA. Read more»
IAEA and IRRI sign agreement to train experts in rice production
24 August 2015 | The IAEA has signed an Agreement with the International Rice Research Institute (IRRI) in June 2015 so that IAEA training activities taking place at IRRI can be optimized, more tailored to Member State needs, and more cost-efficient. Read more»
Scientific Forum 2015: Super Crops Created from Irradiated Natural Polymers in Viet Nam
14 August 2015 | Looking to increase yield and eliminate disease, farmers in Viet Nam are now feeding their plants oligochitosan and oligoalginate substances made from irradiated natural polymers. Read more»
Young Scientists Gain Unique Hands-on Experience at New Intercontinental Nuclear Institute
14 August 2015 | Knowledgeable and motivated young professionals are key to the long-term sustainability of the nuclear industry. This is why an IAEA-supported pilot initiative took 22 young nuclear engineers and scientists from across Europe to provide them with hands-on experience and mentoring at nuclear installations in the Czech Republic and the United States. Read more»
IAEA supports and observes World Breastfeeding Week
5 August 2015 | The IAEA provides its Member States with the information and tools to fight malnutrition using isotopic techniques. With World Breastfeeding Week 2015 taking place this week, it’s the right moment to explore the important role that breast milk plays in preventing malnutrition. View photo essay»
Enforcing regulatory “norms”: African experts attend School for Drafting to protect public from Naturally Occurring Radioactive Material (NORM)
05 August 2015 | In response to Member State requests, a School for Drafting was convened and attended by IAEA and international experts, from 20-24 July, at the Agency's Vienna headquarters. Read more»
Sustainable Statistics: IAEA, UNESCAP highlight the link between SDGs and statistics
13 July 2015 | Experts, delegates and researchers explored the Post-2015 Development Agenda for the Asia Pacific region at the UNESCAP Asia and Pacific Forum on Sustainable Development Goals, held in Bangkok, Thailand from 21 – 22 May, 2015. Read more»
Marking 20 years of advisory service to the IAEA technical cooperation (TC) programme
10 July 2015 | SAGTAC plays an important role by advising the DG on strategies, plans, priorities and policies relevant to the TC programme. This year’s meeting, which took place in Vienna, 7 to 10 July, marks 20 years of SAGTAC activity. Read more»
Making headways towards radiation protection of patients: IAEA partners with the Spanish Joint Congress to improve patient protection
2 July 2015 | With IAEA support, the Spanish Society of Radiation Protection (SEPR) and the Spanish Society of Medical Physicists (SEFM) have co-organized a Congress, held in Valencia, Spain from 23-26 June, in order to consider the pivotal role of safety in their medical domain. Read more»
Controlling avian flu in West Africa: nuclear-derived techniques enable early detection of outbreaks
1 July 2015 | Following the recent outbreak of avian flu in Cote d’Ivoire, the IAEA – through its partnership with the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) – is helping West African countries in the early and accurate detection of the virus using nuclear-derived techniques. Read more»
Planning for tomorrow: With IAEA support, PLAN 2015 welcomes aspiring nutritionists
16 June 2015 | Held from 6 to 13 June at the Ibn Tofail University in Kenitra, Morocco, this year’s African Nutrition Leadership Programme seminar enjoyed the participation of over 30 African participants, all eager to build on their existing skills and capacities. Read more»
IAEA Impact: Sri Lanka Proves Radioactivity Is Not An Issue In Its Coastal Waters
16 June 2015 | Over one million Sri Lankans rely on the sea for their income, and about half of the animal protein intake of the island’s population comes from fish. The sea provides the inhabitants of the country with livelihoods, day-to-day nutrition, or both. Read more»
Communication is key: Building awareness and engagement with Basic Safety Standards in Latin America and the Caribbean
12 June 2015 | A meeting was held from 1-5 June to elaborate a communication strategy to foster and encourage the implementation of the new safety standards. Both Member State counterparts and external experts were invited to participate in the meeting—held at the IAEA’s Vienna headquarters—including Mr Francis Contreras, the Honduran Vice Minister of Health. Read more»
Learning from experience: 2015 collection of IAEA technical cooperation best practices begins
12 June 2015 | Submissions are now sought for the 2015 best practice collection. The best practice submission should describe how an issue or problem has been addressed, how effective the approach was, and what lessons were learned. Read more»
World Environment Day: IAEA Supports the Seychelles with Irrigation and Soil Management
5 June 2015 | The Seychelles, an archipelago of 115 islands and atolls, has limited land resources. The islands’ soils have very low organic matter content, low water retention capacity and high salinity, and are generally infertile. Read more»
Strategic partnership against cancer: IAEA and OiER join hands to confront the global cancer epidemic
1 June 2015 | As part of its efforts to expand this cooperation and to contribute further to international cancer control, PACT entered into a Practical Arrangement with the Organization for International Economic Relations. Read more»

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