Thailand attended the 61st IAEA General Conference to support and strengthen global peace and security,
and enhance the Technical Cooperation to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals

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      H.E. Mr. Songsak Saicheua, Ambassador and Resident Representative of Thailand to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), led the Thai delegation; comprising representatives from the Office of Atoms for Peace, Thailand Institute of Nuclear Technology (Public Organization), Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Ministry of Industry, to attend the 61st IAEA General Conference from 18 - 22 September 2017 at the IAEA headquarter in Vienna, Austria.

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      On 20 September 2017, Dr. Atchara Wongsaengchan, Secretary General of the Office of Atoms for Peace of Thailand (OAP) delivered Thailand’s statement to reaffirm Thailand’s continued support to the work of the IAEA, especially in supporting and strengthening global peace and security. Thailand expressed a grave concern and called for the strict and full implementation of all relevant United Nation Security Council (UNSC) resolutions. In addition, Thailand promotes peaceful applications of nuclear technology for research and development, through the IAEA’s Technical Cooperation Program, which has contributed to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals in Member States.

     There were numerous exhibitions presented by the IAEA departments, relative organizations and Member States including Thailand. OAP, on behalf of Thailand, organized an exhibition entitled “Nuclear Technology for Human Health in Thailand”, showcasing the utilization of nuclear technology in health care such as medical diagnosis and treatment, nutrition improvement and control of vectors and vector-borne diseases. Thailand also expressed its readiness to cooperate with any interested parties in all relevant areas. Furthermore, Thailand has donated to the Renual+ project as an extra-budget contribution which targets to modernize and renovate the IAEA laboratories in Seibersdorf, Austria; the laboratories which provided the member states with fruitful benefits and conduct researches and development and deliver new and improved nuclear techniques to Member States in food and agriculture, human health, the environment and the use of nuclear science. 

      At a side event, Dr. Atchara Wongsaengchan, OAP Secretary General, and Mr. Dazhu Yang, IAEA Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation, together signed Thailand’s Country Program Framework (CPF) for the period of 2017–2022 on 21 September 2017. The latest CPF identifies thematic areas as follows; Research reactor, Food safety and agriculture, Human health, Emergency preparedness and response, Radiation Technology for industrial applications and Human resource development in nuclear power infrastructure.

       Soon after to the signing of the CPF, Thailand had a bilateral meeting with the Asia and the Pacific Section 1 of the IAEA to discuss in terms of cooperation in order to enhance and strengthen the sustainable cooperation on peaceful use of nuclear and radiation applications.

       For more information please contact at the International Cooperation Section, Strategy and Planning Division, OAP. Tel. 66 2579 0547

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