A bilateral Meeting Between Sudan’s Delegate and Rafael Mariano Grossi, the IAEA Director-General
Report by Haffiya Abdalla
Sudan participated in the 65th Annual Regular Session of the IAEA General Conference from 20 to 24 September 2021 at the Vienna International Centre (VIC) in Vienna, Austria
The General Conference is an opportunity for all IAEA Member States to jointly consider matters related to the IAEA’s ongoing work, budget, and priorities. This year over 1 600 participants attended the event either in-person or virtually, including delegates from 148 of the IAEA’s 173 the Member States, and international organizations, non-governmental organizations, and the media.
Sudan Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research, Prof . Intisar Saghyiroun thanked the International Atomic Energy Agency for its continuous support to Sudan to strengthen its infrastructure in the field of peaceful uses of atomic energy, appreciated the support by the Agency for Sudan to combat the Corona pandemic, which had a positive impact on limiting the spread of the virus.
Addressing the conference Saghyiroun said that despite the critical and complex conditions Sudan is going through, the preparation of the fourth (country) framework program has been completed, which was signed between Sudan and the Agency, in line with national projects in strengthening the infrastructure for radiological and nuclear safety and improving cancer detection and treatment services, pointing to the expansion of the network of centers to provide and upgrade radiotherapy and nuclear medicine services and enhance food security by producing genetic mutations that are resistant to pests and climatic conditions in different regions.
Saghyiroun revealed the formation of a committee of relevant national institutions within the International Atomic Energy Agency’s initiative to combat animal diseases established, where a national plan was prepared for the next five years to be implemented within the regional project specified by the agency, explaining that the national plan aims to strengthen the infrastructure of research laboratories.
Veterinary and subsidiary laboratories in the National Public Health Laboratory for early diagnosis of diseases, stressing Sudan’s full readiness to actively participate in regional projects under the umbrella of the “AFRA” agreement to strengthen the bonds of relations between the various parties, affirmed the country’s government’s belief in the importance of regional and African cooperation for research, development and training in the field of nuclear science and technology, stressing that the legislative and regulatory framework of the state and its commitment to the independence of the regulatory bodies, the National Authority for Nuclear and Radiological Control was transformed to become affiliated with the Ministry of the Council of Ministers, to achieve the principle of complete independence from the relevant institutions and Ministries Regarding radiological and nuclear activities, announcing Sudan’s accession to the amended Small Quantities Protocol, according to which the Agency’s inspection and verification mission was received.
“I appreciated the great role played by the agency in supporting the supervisory body in the field of agencies and experts, which helped greatly in performing its supervisory duties “. She added.
Further resolutions were adopted on nuclear and radiation safety and nuclear security. The conference also adopted a resolution on staffing of the Agency’s secretariat, commending the wide range of measures implemented to improve the representation of women in the Professional and higher categories.
The General Conference approved the Agency’s Financial Statements for 2020 and Programme and Budget for 2022-2023.
IAEA resolutions and decisions will guide the IAEA’s implementation of activities in the coming year. The resolutions and decisions will be posted here as they become available.
By the end of the 65th General Conference, 80 Member States had pledged to the Technical Cooperation Fund for 2022. The total amount pledged against the 91,075,000 million euro Technical Cooperation Fund target for 2022 is 29,171,890 euros, representing 32.03% of the target.
The General Conference elected 11 countries to serve on the 35-member IAEA Board of Governors for the period 2021-2022. The newly elected Board members are Burundi, Colombia, the Czech Republic, Finland, Guatemala, Ireland, the Republic of Korea, Libya, Pakistan, Slovenia, and Vietnam.
The Conference also elected the Comptroller and Auditor General of India as the Agency’s new External Auditor for 2022-2027.