IAEA and China’s Development Agency Sign Groundbreaking Agreement to Help Developing Countries

IAEA and China’s Development Agency Sign Groundbreaking Agreement to Help Developing Countries



An agreement signed Thursday between the IAEA and the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) will enable the IAEA to leverage China’s rich institutional experience to help developing countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is the first time that the IAEA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a national foreign development agency and will strengthen South-South and triangular cooperation.

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An agreement signed Thursday between the IAEA and the China International Development Cooperation Agency (CIDCA) will enable the IAEA to leverage China’s rich institutional experience to help developing countries achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). It is the first time that the IAEA has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with a national foreign development agency and will strengthen South-South and triangular cooperation.

The agreement, signed by IAEA Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi and CIDCA Chairman Luo Zhaohui, spans five years from 2021 to 2026. The two entities will continue to collaborate on research and development and capacity building, including education and training at the graduate and postgraduate levels. The IAEA and CIDCA will exchange expertise and knowledge and support the networking, placement and participation of training candidates from developing countries. The two organizations will also work together in providing expertise to help build technical infrastructure for the peaceful uses of nuclear applications in developing countries. Finally, the agreement is also intended to support the implementation of the latest IAEA initiatives, NUTEC Plastics and Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action (ZODIAC).

“This is a historic occasion because for the first time the IAEA and China’s development agency are joining forces to help people in need,” said Grossi. “This memorandum gives us the opportunity to leverage our respective strengths with the aim of supporting development and socio-economic impact.”

Luo Zhaohui, Chairman of CIDCA, said, “The current international conditions caused by the spread of COVID-19 are having a profound impact on all of us, in developed and developing countries alike. Our focus now has to be on international development. “

CIDCA is part of the Chinese State Council and was founded in ril 2018 to support both South-South cooperation and the achievement of the global goals of the Sustainable Development Agenda. Common areas of interest that the parties have already identified include sustainable agriculture and food production, and zoonosis detection.

“Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed the Global Development Initiative (GDI) at the 76th UN General Assembly and called on the international community to prioritize development, adopt the human-centered core concept and achieve harmony between humans and nature,” said Ambassador Wang. Qun, Permanent Representative of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations and other Vienna-based international organizations. “The signing of today’s MoU between CIDCA and IAEA is a concrete step in the overall context of the implementation of the SDI by China.”

It has been more than 70 years since China first launched its foreign aid and international development program – first through its Ministry of Foreign Aid and, from 2018, through CIDCA. Since then, China has assisted over 160 developing countries, implemented thousands of projects and trained more than 400,000 experts in developing countries.

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