Indonesia Elected to Board of Governors of International Atomic Energy Agency 2023-2025
TEMPO.CO, Vienna, Austria - Indonesia was overwhelmingly elected by acclamation as member of the Board of Governors of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the 2023-2025 period during the 67th IAEA General Conference Meeting (25-28/09), according to report from the Indonesian Embassy in Vienna, Friday, September 29, 2023.
The Southeast Asia and Pacific (SEAP) region is represented by Indonesia's membership on the Board of Governors. Damos D. Agusman, Ambassador/Permanent Representative of the Republic of Indonesia, will serve as governor on behalf of the Indonesian government.
“With Indonesia being elected as member of the Board of Governor, Indonesia will continue to have an active role in encouraging the development of nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, technical cooperation, as well as encouraging the transfer of nuclear technology to developing countries. Not only that, Indonesia will continue to play an active role and support IAEA's role in carrying out its mandate regarding nuclear security, nuclear safety and safeguard issues in the midst of the currently quite complicated global political and security situation," said Ambassador/Deputy Representative of the Republic of Indonesia, as quoted from kemlu.go.id.
He added that Indonesia had benefited much from the IAEA's use of nuclear technology for peaceful reasons, such as the environment, agriculture, the security of the food supply, etc. “Indonesia has received many benefits from its cooperation with IAEA and will continue to expand this relationship to its advantage. Currently, Indonesia and IAEA had signed a LOI for the “Rays of Hope" program, which involves nuclear technology as a treatment for cancer," he continued.
The Board of Governor plays a significant role in setting IAEA's policy, other than the IAEA General Conference. The Board of Governor is tasked with reviewing and recommending to the head of General Conference matters including IAEA's financial reports, program and budget, considering membership applications, approving safeguards agreement, and publishing IAEA safety standards. With the approval of the General Conference, the Board of Governors is also responsible for appointing the IAEA Director General.
Besides Indonesia, other countries elected as members of the Board of Governor were Algeria, Burkina Faso, South Korea, Paraguay, Ecuador, Bangladesh, Netherland, and Spain.
Meanwhile, the nominations of Armenia, Ukraine, and Azerbaijan were put up for a vote which resulted in Armenia and Ukraine winning.
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