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Viet Nam makes active, responsible contributions to IAEA's activities

VGP - The UN General Assembly organized a debate on the 2022 annual report of the IAEA at the UN General Assembly on November 8-9, with the participation of United Nations member countries.

November 10, 2023 6:26 PM GMT+7
Viet Nam makes active, responsible contributions to IAEA's activities- Ảnh 1.

Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Head of the Permanent Mission of Viet Nam to theUnited Nations. Photo: VNA

At the debate, Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang, Head of the Permanent Mission of Viet Nam to the UN, acknowledged and appreciated the work the IAEA has completed in the past year and thanked the IAEA and other members of the IAEA Board of Governors for cooperating with Viet Nam.

The Vietnamese representative hailed the results that the IAEA has achieved in nuclear inspection and its leading role in supporting countries, including Viet Nam, to ensure nuclear security and safety.

He shared that Viet Nam and its partners have cooperated in developing the Vietnamese Information Management System (VIMS) to enable nuclear facilities to submit reports online, which helps to simplify the inspection and supervision process and report-making process.

The Ambassador highly appreciated IAEA's technical cooperation programs with many leading initiatives such as nuclear applications in tackling zoonotic diseases (the Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action - ZODIAC), treating marine plastic waste (NUTEC Plastic), improving access to cancer diagnosis and treatment using radiotherapy (Rays of Hope) and many projects supporting climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Through technical assistance projects, the IAEA has helped Viet Nam implement nuclear reactor research projects and nuclear energy applications in various fields such as health, agriculture, industry and research, environmental protection, water resources, and nuclear safety infrastructure development.

Regarding emerging nuclear energy technology, Ambassador Dang Hoang Giang said that technologies such as Small modular reactors (SMRs) and Floating nuclear power platforms (FNPPs) pose challenges and potential impacts on the current legal framework and security, safety and navigation.

These nuclear energy technologies' development, deployment and operation should follow international law, including the United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS).

Viet Nam supports a cautious and step-by-step approach within the IAEA framework for research, development, licensing, management and operation of FNPPs through close consultation with involved countries.

On this occasion, the Vietnamese Ambassador reaffirmed Viet Nam's support for the IAEA to continue performing its functions and tasks, promoting the application of nuclear science and technology for peace, stability, cooperation and sustainable development./.