Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström at the IAEA Ministerial Conference

Statement by Minister for Foreign Affairs Margot Wallström at the at the IAEA Ministerial Conference on Nuclear Science and Technology: Addressing Current and Emerging Development Challenges, 28 November 2018 in Vienna.

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Ministers, Excellencies, Ladies and Gentlemen,

I will now make some remarks in my national capacity.  

The state of our globe paints a gloomy picture; instability and conflict are increasingly fueled by climate change, and by lack of food or water. We are all too aware that these threats will increase as the effects of climate change grow. The IAEA makes an important contribution in addressing shared challenges through the Sustainable Development Goals.

The Agency disseminates benefits of nuclear science and technology such as detecting, controlling and preventing the spread of Malaria. By promoting research and capacity-building the IAEA supports Member States application of peaceful nuclear science and technology. This work also constitutes a tangible contribution to the Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty, adding to the Agency’s important role as a partner in both peace and development.

Sweden is very happy to have resumed a seat in the IAEA Board of Governors. We have a long-standing tradition of bolstering the Agency’s broad mandate. We provide extrabudgetary support to the Agency for water resource management in the Sahel, addressing ocean acidification and tackling marine plastics. Jointly managing water resources is a good example of an area of technical cooperation that aids in preventing conflict.

Let me take this opportunity to reemphasize the importance Sweden attaches to adopting a gender perspective, including women participation at all levels. I encourage the Agency to continue its mainstreaming work.

We must redouble our efforts for the successful implementation of Agenda 2030. I thank the Agency for arranging this conference which highlights one important part for achieving a sustainable future.  

Thank you.

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