Intervention of the Cuban delegation before the IAEA Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee.

Intervention of the Cuban delegation before the IAEA Technical Assistance and Cooperation Committee.

Agenda Item No. 2: "Technical cooperation: the Agency's proposed program for 2024-2025".

Mr. Chairman:

Cuba associates itself with the intervention made by the Ambassador of Pakistan on behalf of the Group of 77 and China, and that made by the Ambassador of Mexico on behalf of the GRULAC countries, and has the following comments in its national capacity.

We reiterate that the Agency's Technical Cooperation Program is of vital importance for the promotion of the peaceful use of nuclear energy, and contributes positively to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals, for the benefit of our society.

For Cuba, it has been a successful example of cooperation for more than 40 years. The benefits of this program have mainly affected irradiation technologies, the introduction of cutting-edge technologies in the health sector for the management of patients with chronic non-communicable diseases such as cancer, and addressing climate change, all of which are of great importance for the country.

The impact of this cooperation has been rewarded by the significant number of expert missions carried out by Cuban specialists, which today transcend the region of Latin America and the Caribbean.

Each year the capabilities created with the Agency's support are made available to projects to contribute to the training of other countries as a contribution to the development of nuclear and radiological applications.

Mr. Chairman:

We reiterate our commitment to continue working to strengthen existing cooperation ties, create new alliances and work in favor of the development of peaceful nuclear applications in the region. 

We thank the Agency for its contribution to the development of national capacities through technical cooperation and we urge it to continue seeking new forms of management that will make it possible to meet the growing needs of its Member States.

The amount of resources allocated to this program must be sufficient, predictable and equitably distributed. We thank the Secretariat for its efforts in this regard.

Mr. Chairman:

Despite the severe prohibitions and limitations imposed by the economic, commercial and financial blockade imposed against Cuba, which is intensifying and causing serious difficulties, the IAEA Technical Cooperation Program continues to be a successful and effective mechanism to continue developing the applications of nuclear technologies in Cuba for peaceful purposes, as is also reflected in the reports of the Office of Internal Oversight Services.

In conclusion, we reiterate our support to the Technical Cooperation Program, our appreciation to the Department, especially to the Latin America and the Caribbean Division for its hard work and our commitment to the Agency and its intention to promote atoms for Peace and Development.

Thank you very much.

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