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Director General Designate's Statement to Second Special Session of the IAEA General Conference

[2019.12.02, Mon 11:03] The IAEA makes a unique contribution to international peace and security by verifying that nuclear materials are not being diverted from peaceful purposes. Thanks to the impartiality of the Agency's reports, countries can have confidence that other nations are not secretly building nuclear weapons. As we all know, there is so much more to the IAEA than nuclear verification. For most of our 171 Member States, the Agency's work to make nuclear science and technology available to improve living standards and boost economic growth is what draws them to us. Over the last five years, 37 nuclear power reactors have been connected to the grid. Four countries have started building, or are nearing completion of, their first nuclear power plants. In the mid-1980s, I had the privilege as a young diplomat of attending a meeting - in what had been a secret nuclear power plant in southern Patagonia - at which my country's president and his Brazilian counterpart embarked on a new era of cooperation and confidence-building in the nuclear field.
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