UNIDO and IAEA sign agreement to expand cooperation

25 June 2020

The Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), LI Yong, and the Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Rafael Mariano Grossi, signed an agreement to renew cooperation on the peaceful uses of nuclear technology for inclusive and sustainable industrial development. 

The agreement, formally called Practical Arrangements, provides a framework for increased cooperation in areas of complementary expertise. Together, UNIDO and the IAEA will support the common Member States in the use of nuclear energy for food and agriculture, water and environment, industrial applications, trade-related capacity-building, and mitigating the impacts of climate change, among other areas.

As part of the agreement, UNIDO and the IAEA will build awareness on the linkages between nuclear technologies and the fourth industrial revolution, share relevant data and methodologies through publications, tools and databases, and trainings and events. The two will also collaborate on outreach activities within the framework of the United Nations UN-Energy, and the Vienna Energy Club.