UNOSSC and RCARO sign MoU for peaceful application of nuclear technology to achieve 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda

Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator and Pill Hwan Park, RCARO Director

Jeonju, November 4 – UN Office for South-South Cooperation (UNOSSC) and Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology For Asia and the Pacific Regional Office (RCARO) today signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to further expand partnership in leveraging technology for sustainable and peaceful development. The two organizations have worked together since 2013 under the Republic of Korea (RoK)- UNOSSC Facility using applications of electron beam technologies in agriculture, industry and environment.

“UNOSSC highly appreciates the role of RCARO in scaling-up the knowledge and expertise on peaceful application of nuclear technology through South-South and triangular cooperation. We are proud of our association with RCARO and stand ready to expand our collaboration to accelerate joint activities to conduct demand-driven technical work for the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals based on principles of South-South Cooperation,” said Denis Nkala, Regional Coordinator and Representative for Asia and the Pacific, signing the MoU on behalf of the Director of UNOSSC.

“With the signing of this new MOU, RCARO will join forces to enhance quality of life by harnessing technology through South-South and triangular cooperation,” said Pill Hwan Park, RCARO Director. “We will continue to facilitate and leverage political support and national ownership of country activities for peaceful application of nuclear technology”.

Under the MoU, UNOSSC and RCARO will identify opportunities to share experiences and broaden support for a technology that offers promise to address water conservation, treatment of waste and effluents as well as prevent post-harvest losses.

The signing ceremony took place during the 2019 Annual Review Meeting/Technical Workshop on Electron Beam Applications for Value Addition to Food and Industrial Products and Degradation of Environmental Pollutants in the Asia Pacific region under the Korean Facility.  The signing was witnessed by representatives of 14 countries in the Asia-Pacific region.

RCARO was established by the National Representatives’ Meeting of the Regional Cooperative Agreement (an intergovernmental agreement under the auspices of the International Atomic Energy Agency), with offices in the premises of the Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute (KAERI).