MORTHE Press Release

Vienna – Indonesia continues to strengthen the technical partnership with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in order to increase the nuclear technology contribution to reach the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG).

Minister of RTHE stated that now Indonesia already has a Practical Arrangement with the IAEA to facilitate the technical partnership between developing countries in various frameworks, including the South-South Cooperation.

“To support these matters, Indonesia has reinforced the nuclear safeguards capabilities developed by IAEA in Asia-Pacific, such as through the Indonesian chairman in the Asia-Pacific Safeguards Network (APSN),” said the Minister of RTHE Indonesia Mohamad Nasir in the 63rd General Assembly of IAEA in Vienna, Austria (16/9).

“With the increasingly qualified nuclear technical capabilities, Indonesia has positioned itself as a donor country. As an evidence, Indonesia has been pointed out as Collaborating Centre for Plant Mutation Breeding by IAEA, becoming a contributor country of IAEA Peaceful Uses Initiatives, and becoming an assistant provider country to increase the nuclear technical capacities of a number of countries in the Nuclear Capacity Project framework which will be started by next year,” he added.

Minister of RTHE Mohamad Nasir also promote other Indonesian excellences, one of them being in agricultural sector. With nuclear technology, Indonesia has innovated in developing rice varieties and superior soybeans which contribute in achieving national food security. These innovations gain IAEA supports and other reputable international organizations such as Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO).

Minister of RTHE also brought up the excellence in health sector, no less than the agricultural sector. “Right now Indonesia and IAEA is collaborating to develop the national nuclear medicine capabilities, especially to treat cancers,” said Minister Nasir.

Other thing that grabs the attention of other countries are the Indonesian innovation in promoting nuclear education to young generation through the concept of the “Internet Reactor Laboratory”. For the next week, Indonesia will be displaying the distant learning method in which the activities of Kartini research reactor in Yogyakarta can be monitored live through the internet network from the UN headquarter in Vienna.

Minister of RTHE has also specifically expressed his condolences on behalf of Indonesian Government for the passing of the Director General of IAEA Yukia Amano two months ago.

Related to the Iranian Nuclear issues, Minister Nasir appreciates the IAEA’s performances which were professional, impartial, and objective in verifying and monitoring Iran to implement the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). Minister of RTHE also urged the other involving parties to keep maintaining the commitment for the integrity and continuity of JCPOA.

Meanwhile, regarding the issue of North Korean nuclear, Indonesia appreciates the communication established by the United State of America and North Korea, and also requested IAEA to always be standing by to play the important parts of verification, at the very least until reaching the political agreements between related countries.

Beside the Minister of RTHE accompanied by Ad-Interim Chargé d’Affaires TBH Witjaksono Adi, Head of the National Nuclear Energy Agency Anhar Antariksawan, Head of the Nuclear Energy Agency Jazi Eko Istiyanto, Secretary General of MORTHE Ainun Na’im, and Director General for Research and Development Strengthening Muhammad Dimyati, Indonesian delegations in the IAEA general assembly were also supported by a number of delegations from related ministries and institutions such as the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of Health, Indonesian Embassy/Indonesian Permanent Delegation in Vienna, and PT. INUKI (Indonesian Nuclear Industry).

General Assembly of IAEA is an annual conference in Vienna UN Headquarter since 1956 held for UN member countries to determine the direction of IAEA policies to ensure the usage of nuclear energy and technology solely for peaceful purposes.

Publication Team of Indonesian Embassy in Vienna
Head of Partnership and Public Communication MORTGE Nada DS Marsudi
National Nuclear Energy Agency Intan, Palupi, Rahmat