Indonesia was elected by acclamation as a member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the period 2023-2025 during the 67th meeting of the IAEA General Conference, held from September 25 to 28.
The Southeast Asia and Pacific (SEAP) region is represented by Indonesia as a member of the Board of Governors. Damos D. Agusman, ambassador of the Republic of Indonesia, will act as governor on behalf of the Indonesian government.
“With the election of Indonesia as a member of the Board of Governors, Indonesia will continue to play an active role in promoting the development of peaceful nuclear technology, technical cooperation and encouraging the transfer of nuclear technology to developing countries. . Not only that, Indonesia will continue to support the role of the IAEA in fulfilling its mandate on nuclear safety, nuclear security and safeguard issues amid the currently quite complicated global political and security situation,” the ambassador said.
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He added that Indonesia had benefited greatly from the use of IAEA nuclear technology for peaceful reasons, such as environment, agriculture, security of food supply, etc. “Indonesia has received many benefits from its cooperation with the IAEA and will continue to expand this relationship for its benefit. Currently, Indonesia and the IAEA have signed a Letter of Intent for the “Rays of Hope” program, which involves nuclear technology as a cancer treatment,” she continued.
The Board of Governors plays an important role in setting IAEA policy, separate from the IAEA General Conference. The Board is responsible for reviewing and recommending to the head of the General Conference matters such as the IAEA’s financial reports, program and budget, reviewing membership applications, approving the safeguards agreement and publishing IAEA safety standards. With the approval of the General Conference, the Board of Governors is also responsible for appointing the Director General of the IAEA.
Indonesia will continue to play an active role in promoting the development of peaceful nuclear technology, technical cooperation and promoting the transfer of nuclear technology to developing countries
In addition to Indonesia, other countries elected as members of the Board of Governors were Algeria, Burkina Faso, South Korea, Paraguay, Ecuador, Bangladesh, the Netherlands and Spain.
The candidacies of Armenia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan were put to the vote, with Armenia and Ukraine winning.