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The importance of and need for partnerships to achieve the strategic goals of Technical Cooperation are well recognised by the IAEA and its Member States. The TC Strategy as well as the IAEA’s Medium Term Strategies 2006-2011 and 2012-2017 highlighted partnerships as one of the Agency’s strategic goals and delineated actions to undertake in order to enhance the impact of the Agency’s work.

The IAEA works in close partnership with Member States, United Nations agencies, research organizations and with civil society in order to maximize the contribution of nuclear science and technology to the achievement of development priorities.

Collaborative work through partnerships ensures the coordination and optimization of complementary activities and allows a more streamlined international response to current development issues magnifying the end results and ensuring the best possible socioeconomic impact of the technical cooperation programme. 

Through agreements and working relationships with partner organizations at every level from national to international, the reach of IAEA services is extended and benefits can be multiplied.
The IAEA seeks to continuously develop additional partnerships that will promote a more strategic and holistic approach to coming development challenges.

The rationale for IAEA’s focus on partnerships is to add value to and to leverage synergies for its strategic and programmatic activities by:

• Expanding the basis for policy dialogue and advocacy in line with the IAEA’s mandate;
• Sharing of information, knowledge and experience;
• Increasing stakeholder participation in efforts to develop norms and standards;
• Improving project and programme identification, design, delivery and management;
• Sharing of resources; and
• Mobilising resources in support of IAEA goals.

Advancing partnerships is embedded in the system-wide initiative of the United Nations and other efforts for increasing its effectiveness, as typified by:

• The Millennium Development Goals (in particular MDG 8: Develop a global partnership for development);

• The Triennial Comprehensive Policy Review (TCPR), carried out by the Office for ECOSOC Support and Coordination with the purpose to evaluate the effectiveness and efficiency of the UN development system’s support to national efforts of developing countries to pursue their priorities and meet their needs in the context of the UN development agenda that emerged from the Millennium Declaration and other global conferences and summits;

• The One UN Initiative, launched in 2007 to promote a One UN Office and budget with eight pilot countries (Albania, Cape Verde, Mozambique, Pakistan, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uruguay, Vietnam);

• The United Nations Development Group’s (UNDG) efforts to improve the collaboration between UN Country Teams led by a UN Coordinator with external partners using the United Nations Development Assistance Framework (UNDAF) as a tool to achieve greater  coordination amongst UN organisations at country level and to increase the impact of UN development assistance;

• Specific to technical cooperation, the Paris Declaration on Aid Effectiveness, an international agreement adhered to by over hundred Ministers, heads of Agencies and other senior officials who committed their countries and organizations to contribute to increasing efforts in harmonization, alignment and managing aid aiming at results with a set of monitorable actions and indicators;

The Global Compact, a voluntary international corporate citizenship network initiated to support the participation of both the private sector and other social actors to advance responsible corporate citizenship and universal social and environmental principles to meet the challenges of globalization.

Responsible/Contact: Department of Technical Cooperation | Last update: 12 Feb, 2014

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