Developing countries on Monday called on the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to promoting the peaceful use of nuclear energy in areas such as nuclear power, health care, food security, the environment protection, saying that such a role of the nuclear watchdog is indispensable.
The appeal came as the UN General Assembly convened a meeting to review the first report by IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano since he was named to head the nuclear agency in September 2009.
They expressed their conviction that access to nuclear energy should not be limited to developed countries, but should be available to developing nations as well.
Wang Min, China’ deputy permanent representative to the United Nations, told the 192-member General Assembly that “the IAEA should heed the opinion of member states, especially that of developing countries, and take measures to satisfy their needs for technical assistance” in the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
Representatives from Egypt, Ethiopia and Pakistan, while taking the floor at the General Assembly, expressed their belief in the central role of the IAEA in ensuring the peaceful use of nuclear energy.
“The progress in the betterment of people’s lives due to the critical application of nuclear science and technology cannot be emphasized enough,” said Hasan Kleib, the Indonesian permanent representative to the United Nations.