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Improving human health is a national priority in UAE to ensure access of all citizens and residents to primary health care, and to improve the quality of healthcare services provided in the country to global standards. Through IAEA technical cooperation programme, the UAE seeks to enhance its capabilities in nuclear medicine, especially in the use of radiation therapy for the management of cancer.
Technical Cooperation is the main medium through which the UAE can request expert assistance for the development of its nuclear power programme infrastructure, and for additional support in the areas of nuclear safety, security, safeguards, and nuclear technology. Through a wide range of TC projects, the UAE receives a number of tools on planning and management as well as comprehensive capacity building for its nuclear energy programme.
For many years, the UAE actively participates in regional projects of the IAEA’s technical cooperation programme to strengthen national capacity for the application of nuclear techniques to optimize agricultural output and the protection of environmental balance in the country. Efforts focus on enhancing desertification and the use of nuclear applications in the areas of soil, water, crop and nutrient management.
The UAE has an increased interest in radiation technology and the use of advanced scientific techniques for archaeological, cultural heritage and environmental research. Through the IAEA technical cooperation programme, a national X-ray fluorescence (XRF) laboratory for arts, archaeology and environmental research has been established in the UAE that uses the ion beam analysis (IBA) and XRF techniques.
Through the technical cooperation programme, the UAE benefits from the IAEA assistance on enhancing environmental monitoring to protect the environment from pollution, develop related regulations, preserve and develop natural habitats and natural resources, and conserve their utilization. Many TC project activities are also aimed at strengthening the country’s capabilities and services to meet the growing demand for water.
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Through its Permanent Mission to the IAEA in Vienna, and in coordination with relevant national stakeholders, the UAE plans its Technical Cooperation Programme in cooperation with the Division for Asia and the Pacific (TCAP) according to the bi-annual TC cycles of the Agency. Up until the UAE began its nuclear energy programme in 2008, its work with the IAEA in this area consisted primarily of small separate technical cooperation projects.
With the build-up of the UAE nuclear power programme, UAE technical cooperation with IAEA gained a more comprehensive framework, and expanded into areas such as sustainable energy, specifically planning for and applying nuclear science and technology for peaceful nuclear energy, and for the sustainable development of relevant knowledge and expertise.
Since the UAE joined the IAEA, about 30 national TC projects have been implemented, with some still on-going in the current TC cycle.
Through its active participation in the IAEA Technical Cooperation Programme, the UAE receives technical expertise to achieve its national development priorities in thematic areas of human health, agriculture and water resource management, environmental protection, radiation technology and nuclear energy, safety and security.
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In 2014, the UAE initiated new projects focusing on nuclear power infrastructure, environmental monitoring, nuclear and radioactive waste management, dosimetry and patient radiation safety for the TC cycle 2014-2015.
Currently, the UAE is implementing in total seven national TC projects addressing additional national needs in the areas of human resources and infrastructure development for its nuclear power programme, as well as nuclear analytical capabilities for environmental and archaeological applications.
On-going national TC projects between the UAE and IAEA for the 2014-2015 cycle:
• UAE/2/003: Supporting the Development of National Nuclear Power Infrastructure for Electricity Generation - Phase II;
• UAE/7/003: Enhancing the Environmental Monitoring;
• UAE/7/004: Enhancing Environmental Monitoring Capabilities;
• UAE/9/010: Establishing the National Radioactive Waste Management Infrastructure;
• UAE/6/005: Establishment of Secondary Standards Dosimetry Laboratory (SSDL) - Phase II;
• UAE/9/011: Strengthening the National Programme on Patient Radiation Safety and Dosimetry;
• UAE/1/001: Enhancing Analytical Capabilities for Environmental and Archaeological Applications - Phase II;
Overseen by relevant national stakeholders and the IAEA TC Department, cooperation has expanded in new areas. Five new TC projects have been approved for the next TC cycle (2016-2017) and will begin implementation in 2016.
New national TC projects between the UAE and IAEA for the 2016-2017 cycle:
• Supporting the Development of National Nuclear Power Infrastructure for Electricity Generation-Phase III;
• Enhancing National Nuclear Emergency Preparedness and Response;
• Strengthening Infrastructure for Radiation, Transport and Waste Safety;
• Enhancing Quality Assurance for use of Radiation in Healthcare;
• Supporting a national programme of Action for Cancer Management and Control in the UAE.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano addresses participants of the first Nuclear Energy Management School hosted in Abu Dhabi, UAE, January 2012