Belgium supports the IAEA

International Business News – The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an intergovernmental organization that seeks to promote the peaceful use of nuclear energy and to inhibit its use for any military purpose, including nuclear weapons. This year, Belgium has allocated 1,637,000 euros to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) for the prevention of nuclear proliferation and the promotion of nuclear cooperation in the fields of medicine, farming and scientific research.

In addition to the mandatory contribution to the ordinary budget, Belgium supports the IAEA annually through voluntary contributions.

Belgium is allocating 200,000 euros to a program focused on allowing the analysis of uranium samples on site, instead of at a laboratory. This type of equipment is especially useful in countries where it is difficult to send samples to laboratories for analysis, such as Iran or North Korea.

The following IAEA activities also benefit from Belgian funding:

  1. The Technical Cooperation Fund, which is the main financial instrument for improving access to nuclear technology in sectors such as health, food, agriculture, environment and energy.
  2. The Rays of Hope initiative, which offers cancer treatments in countries with little or no access to radiotherapy services.
  3. Fundamental scientific research, such as one aimed at increasing the resilience of banana and coffee plantations in the face of climate change and diseases, for example.
  4. Finally, Belgium is contributing 50,000 euros to the modernization of the greenhouses of the IAEA laboratory complex, which provides valuable scientific research.

With its support to the IAEA and its activities, Belgium aims to promote the safe, secure, and peaceful use of nuclear energy around the world.