UAE Statement to the IAEA 59th General Conference

Statement by the United Arab Emirates to the IAEA 59th General Conference delivered by H.E. Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA.

Mr. President,

I congratulate you on your assumption of the Presidency of the 59th Session of the IAEA General Conference. Allow me also to extend my appreciation to Director General Mr. Yukiya Amano for his commendable leadership.

My delegation welcomes Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, and Turkmenistan as new Members to the IAEA.

Mr. President,

IAEA's role remains central and crucial to the peaceful use of nuclear technology, serving both the advancement of national nuclear power programmes, and other non-power applications. We are of the view that the Agency maintains a fundamental function in supporting the exchange of scientific knowledge and nuclear expertise among its Member States. UAE reiterates its commitment to working closely with IAEA and conforming to its standards, as underlined in my Government nuclear policy principles.

Since launching of the national nuclear programme, UAE has made significant progress in the development of its civil nuclear power programme and its associated infrastructure; On the September 2nd of this year, construction began on the country's fourth nuclear reactor. There are currently four nuclear power reactor units under construction at Barakah nuclear power plant, with more than 75% of the of the first unit complete. In making such progress, UAE views the Agency as a valuable partner, following its guidance, receiving required support and contributing back to the Agency work.

In meeting these milestones, UAE continues to place utmost importance on nuclear safety, and supports the efforts of the international community to ensure and strengthen nuclear safety. The work of the International Atomic Energy Agency is particularly relevant to achieve this goal.

My country commends the Agency's efforts in producing the Fukushima Daiichi Accident Report. We note that it will be of great value to feed other programmes of the Agency, including the peer reviews, standards work, among others. My country recognizes that the report is a product of significant intellectual capital and financial commitments that have been made by Member States, including my country. My country has had the opportunity to observe and learn from the response to the accident, and have taken significant steps to implement the lessons learned.

UAE pays special importance to Convention on Nuclear Safety and abides fully with its obligations. My country has supported the process leading up to the Diplomatic Conference regarding the proposed amendment to the CNS and the adoption of Vienna Declaration. To this end, we call on countries with significant nuclear activities who have not yet join, to join the convention and implement it at an early date.

In line with measures to strengthen the country's nuclear safety infrastructure, the UAE continues to benefit from the Agency's review services, we have received this year a follow-up International Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) and ,an Emergency Preparedness Review Service (EPREV) mission.

Mr. President,

Allow me to recognize an important milestone reached, with the inauguration of the International Low Enriched Uranium Fuel Bank in May 2015. The UAE supported this initiative from its outset politically and financially. We commend the director general for the achieved progress in signing the host agreement, and express appreciation for Kazakhstan leadership to this endeavour.

Progress on this project is a positive one, and once operation, the fuel bank will contribute to a network of reliable multilateral fuel services assurance mechanisms, promoting the expansion of nuclear energy in a safe and responsible manner.

To this end, the IAEA effort in supporting the responsible development of nuclear power globally is highly valuable. This includes convening high level conferences on nuclear power which has been important part of the agency work. UAE looks forward to hosting the next international conference on nuclear power in 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

UAE will make available its long and successful experience in hosting international high level events.

Mr. President,

My country commends the Director General's efforts in strengthening of the Agency's Technical Cooperation activities. We remain supportive to the Agency's approach in tailoring TC projects to the needs of Member States, which maintains their ownership of the respective programmes.

We commend the TC department for its active engagement and valuable support to the UAE; Through the TC programme UAE has been able to achieve many milestones in support the development of nuclear infrastructure among other fields including health and agriculture.

In the scope of civil liability for nuclear damage, we welcome the entry into force of the Convention of Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC). We are of the view such step puts us closer to a more harmonized international liability regime.


Mr. President,

The UAE believes that the IAEA has a central role in promoting nuclear security through promotion of cooperation and sharing of best practices. Furthermore, the IAEA is best suited to coordinate international efforts, as nuclear security is not an isolated issue from other nuclear matters under the IAEA auspices. My country has subscribed to and continues to implement all relevant international instruments with an objective to enhance nuclear security at the national, regional and global levels.

We have developed and implemented an Integrated Nuclear Security Support plan with the IAEA and we look forward to receive an International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission in 2016. Additionally, as a country that has endorsed the Amendment to the CPPNM, we welcome progress in the number of countries who joined and look forward for its early entry into force. The CPPNM is undoubtedly an important part of the foundation of the global nuclear security architecture. UAE is also an active participant of the Nuclear Security Summit Series from the outset and value its contribution to the global nuclear security.

Mr. President,

The UAE highlights the importance of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons for enhancing international peace and security. We recognize the central role of the Agency and the importance of its Safeguards system as a verification mechanism that ensures utilizing the valuable civil applications of nuclear technology, without endangering humanity to the severe consequences of nuclear proliferation. Full implementation of safeguards and commitment to non-proliferation is fundamental condition to the development of nuclear programmes. States, whose activities are under question, should comply fully with their international obligations, cooperate with the IAEA and take all required steps to address international concerns, in relation to their nuclear activities including concerns related to the possible military dimension.

Mr. Presdient,

As a State Signatory of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and an active participant in its review process, the UAE is disappointed the 2015 NPT Conference failed to reach a consensus outcome, in particular its failure to adopt a way forward to the establishment in Middle East a free zone of nuclear weapons and other WMD. We will continue to support engagement, consultations and all efforts that aim at making progress to achieve such goal.

Mr. President,

In conclusion, the UAE looks forward to continue working with the IAEA and the international community to ensure the responsible, safe and transparent use of nuclear energy. I thank again the Director General Yukiya Amano and the secretariat for the tremendous work and achievements the Agency has completed since last year.

I thank you, Mr. President.International Atomic Energy Agency
General Conference 59th Session

Statement by the United Arab Emirates
Delivered by H.E. Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi
UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA

Mr. President,

I congratulate you on your assumption of the Presidency of the 59th Session of the IAEA General Conference. Allow me also to extend my appreciation to Director General Mr. Yukiya Amana for his commendable leadership.

My delegation welcomes Antigua and Barbuda, Barbados, and Turkmenistan as new Members to the IAEA.

Mr. President,

IAEA's role remains central and crucial to the peaceful use of nuclear technology, serving both the advancement of national nuclear power programmes, and other non-power applications. We are of the view that the Agency maintains a fundamental function in supporting the exchange of scientific knowledge and nuclear expertise among its Member States. UAE reiterates its commitment to working closely with IAEA and conforming to its standards, as underlined in my Government nuclear policy principles.

Since launching of the national nuclear programme, UAE has made significant progress in the development of its civil nuclear power programme and its associated infrastructure; On the September 2nd of this year, construction began on the country's fourth nuclear reactor. There are currently four nuclear power reactor units under construction at Barakah nuclear power plant, with more than 75% of the of the first unit complete. In making such progress, UAE views the Agency as a valuable partner, following its guidance, receiving required support and contributing back to the Agency work.

In meeting these milestones, UAE continues to place utmost importance on nuclear safety, and supports the efforts of the international community to ensure and strengthen nuclear safety. The work of the International Atomic Energy Agency is particularly relevant to achieve this goal.

My country commends the Agency's efforts in producing the Fukushima Daiichi Accident Report. We note that it will be of great value to feed other programmes of the Agency, including the peer reviews, standards work, among others. My country recognizes that the report is a product of significant intellectual capital and financial commitments that have been made by Member States, including my country. My country has had the opportunity to observe and learn from the response to the accident, and have taken significant steps to implement the lessons learned.

UAE pays special importance to Convention on Nuclear Safety and abides fully with its obligations. My country has supported the process leading up to the Diplomatic Conference regarding the proposed amendment to the CNS and the adoption of Vienna Declaration. To this end, we call on countries with significant nuclear activities who have not yet join, to join the convention and implement it at an early date.

In line with measures to strengthen the country's nuclear safety infrastructure, the UAE continues to benefit from the Agency's review services, we have received this year a follow-up International Regulatory Review Service (IRRS) and ,an Emergency Preparedness Review Service (EPREV) mission.

Mr. President,

Allow me to recognize an important milestone reached, with the inauguration of the International Low Enriched Uranium Fuel Bank in May 2015. The UAE supported this initiative from its outset politically and financially. We commend the director general for the achieved progress in signing the host agreement, and express appreciation for Khazakstan leadership to this endeavour.

Progress on this project is a positive one, and once operation, the fuel bank will contribute to a network of reliable multilateral fuel services assurance mechanisms, promoting the expansion of nuclear energy in a safe and responsible manner.

To this end, the IAEA effort in supporting the responsible development of nuclear power globally is highly valuable. This includes convening high level conferences on nuclear power which has been important part of the agency work. UAE looks forward to hosting the next international conference on nuclear power in 2017 in Abu Dhabi.

UAE will make available its long and successful experience in hosting international high level events.

Mr. President,

My country commends the Director General's efforts in strengthening of the Agency's Technical Cooperation activities. We remain supportive to the Agency's approach in tailoring TC projects to the needs of Member States, which maintains their ownership of the respective programmes.

We commend the TC department for its active engagement and valuable support to the UAE; Through the TC programme UAE has been able to achieve many milestones in support the development of nuclear infrastructure among other fields including health and agriculture.

In the scope of civil liability for nuclear damage, we welcome the entry into force of the Convention of Supplementary Compensation for Nuclear Damage (CSC). We are of the view such step puts us closer to a more harmonized international liability regime.


Mr. President,

The UAE believes that the IAEA has a central role in promoting nuclear security through promotion of cooperation and sharing of best practices. Furthermore, the IAEA is best suited to coordinate international efforts, as nuclear security is not an isolated issue from other nuclear matters under the IAEA auspices. My country has subscribed to and continues to implement all relevant international instruments with an objective to enhance nuclear security at the national, regional and global levels.

We have developed and implemented an Integrated Nuclear Security Support plan with the IAEA and we look forward to receive an International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission in 2016. Additionally, as a country that has endorsed the Amendment to the CPPNM, we welcome progress in the number of countries who joined and look forward for its early entry into force. The CPPNM is undoubtedly an important part of the foundation of the global nuclear security architecture. UAE is also an active participant of the Nuclear Security Summit Series from the outset and value its contribution to the global nuclear security.

Mr. President,

The UAE highlights the importance of the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons for enhancing international peace and security. We recognize the central role of the Agency and the importance of its Safeguards system as a verification mechanism that ensures utilizing the valuable civil applications of nuclear technology, without endangering humanity to the severe consequences of nuclear proliferation. Full implementation of safeguards and commitment to non-proliferation is fundamental condition to the development of nuclear programmes. States, whose activities are under question, should comply fully with their international obligations, cooperate with the IAEA and take all required steps to address international concerns, in relation to their nuclear activities including concerns related to the possible military dimension.

Mr. President,

As a State Signatory of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and an active participant in its review process, the UAE is disappointed the 2015 NPT Conference failed to reach a consensus outcome, in particular its failure to adopt a way forward to the establishment in Middle East a free zone of nuclear weapons and other WMD. We will continue to support engagement, consultations and all efforts that aim at making progress to achieve such goal.

Mr. President,

In conclusion, the UAE looks forward to continue working with the IAEA and the international community to ensure the responsible, safe and transparent use of nuclear energy. I thank again the Director General Yukiya Amano and the secretariat for the tremendous work and achievements the Agency has completed since last year.

I thank you, Mr. President.

 

d : 17 September 2015