The United States welcomes the adoption of the General Assembly Resolution on the Report of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The United States co-sponsored the resolution as an expression of our strong support for the Agency and its critical role in accelerating and enlarging the contributions of atomic energy to peace, health, and prosperity throughout the world. As Secretary Clinton noted during her remarks to the High-Level Meeting on Nuclear Safety and Security convened by the Secretary-General, “This year the International Atomic Energy Agency has, again, proven itself to be an indispensible forum for monitoring and supporting the peaceful nuclear activity of countries.”
As an example of our enduring and wide-ranging support for the Agency, the United States has made significant extrabudgetary contributions to Agency programs related to nuclear safeguards, nuclear safety, nuclear security, and Technical Cooperation. In addition, President Obama’s IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiative, or PUI, announced by Secretary Clinton at the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty Review Conference in May 2010, aims to highlight and strengthen the IAEA’s role in increasing access to the benefits of peaceful nuclear technologies, including in the areas of human health, food security, water resource management, and nuclear power. The United States pledged $50 million in extrabudgetary funding to the PUI over five years, and we urge other Member States to join in this endeavor and to match that amount.
The United States would also like to express our sincere appreciation to Director General Amano for his leadership and for his report to the General Assembly. We look forward to continuing to work with the Director General, the Agency Secretariat, and all Member States to advance the important work of the IAEA in the years ahead. The United States remains committed to ensuring that the agency has the resources and authorities it needs to address the numerous and growing challenges it confronts.
Thank you, Mr. President.
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