The promotion of peaceful uses of technology helps improve the lives of people in Jamaica

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Courtenay Rattray, Permanent Representative of Jamaica to the UN

NARRATOR:  Jamaica attaches great importance to the vital work of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in fostering nuclear safety and security and promoting peaceful uses of nuclear technology. It's representative Ambassador Courtnay Rattray told a meeting of the General Assembly on the report of the International Atomic Energy Agency that the Agency’s practical and meaningful technical cooperation projects are greatly appreciated by his country and many small developing members.

He said it was in the promotion of peaceful uses of technology to help improve the lives of people that Jamaica found its relations with the IAEA to be most significant.

“We have a strong interest in the IAEA’s activities related to nuclear science, technology and applications and continue to benefit significantly from them. Jamaica became a State Party to the Agreement on the Cooperative Arrangement for the Promotion of Nuclear Science and Technology in Latin America and the Caribbean (AREAL) in November 2011 and attaches great importance to its cooperation through this regional mechanism.”

NARRATOR:  Ambassador Rattray said Jamaica was pleased that the IAEA has been taking steps to deepen its collaboration with the Caribbean.

“This has no doubt contributed to the fact that a Caribbean country has been among the group of new members admitted in each of the last three General Conferences – Dominica, Trinidad and Tobago and The Bahamas. Jamaica welcomes the IAEA’s increasing efforts to collaborate with our sub-region and continues to take tangible steps to support these efforts through a number of initiatives, including through the co-hosting of sub-regional workshops.”

NARRATOR:  Ambassador Rattray disclosed that Jamaica hoped to host an IAEA Meeting on Nuclear Law for Member States in the Caribbean Region, in March of 2014, within the framework of the IAEA's technical cooperation project entitled: Strengthening the Regional Nuclear Sector and the Application of Nuclear Science and Technology for Development through Training and Facilitating Strategic Activities.

“In the area of nuclear security, compliance by all members of the international community with Treaties and mechanisms that govern the development and use of nuclear material is most important. Jamaica looks forward to the elimination of all nuclear weapons and the securing of a world free of all nuclear weapons. In the meantime, we resolutely oppose any expansion in the number of states developing or possessing nuclear weapons. It is for these reasons that we regard the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and compliance with it to be of paramount importance.”

NARRATOR:   Ambassador Rattray said Jamaica shared the expressions of concern that have been voiced regarding the failure of certain members to comply with their obligations under the NPT and therefore urged all members to ensure that their nuclear programmes were brought under the appropriate safeguard regime.  This is Donn Bobb reporting.

Duration: 2’51″

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