Long Nguyen recently returned from the cold European winter and a 3-week expert consultancy assignment (26 January-13 February 2015) in Vienna, Austria, working with the IAEA Technical Cooperation Quality Assurance Section (TCQAS) in the Department of Technical Cooperation (TC) at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). During the course of his assignment Long had an excellent opportunity to learn about the work of the TCQAS, which provides guidance and expertise on quality issues relating to TC projects in IAEA Member States.
These projects are managed by the IAEA-TC Department through the TC Programme and technically supported by the four IAEA Technical Departments (Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications, Department of Nuclear Energy, Department of Nuclear Safety and Security and Department of Safeguards). The TC Programme covers a range of areas such as food and agriculture, water resource assessment, soil and water management, environment, human health, industrial applications/radiation technology, energy, nuclear knowledge development and management, and safety and security
The aim of the TC Programme is to provide support to many countries (commonly termed Member States) in Africa, Asia and the Pacific, Europe and Latin America to assist with capacity building, technical support and the procurement of equipment and materials for the peaceful use of nuclear science and technology to:
- improve food security and sustainable agriculture,
- enhance land and water resource management,
- improve human health,
- address environmental challenges,
- and promote sustainable energy development.
For information on the use of nuclear techniques in the range of areas mentioned above, please refer to the following IAEA websites:
In areas relating to soil and water management and crop nutrition, additional information can be obtained from the attached file (Nguyen et al., 2011).
Within each region of the World, the TC Programme helps participating Member States to address their specific needs through their national TC projects. The TC programme also has regional/inter-regional TC projects which aim to facilitate cooperation between different countries within a region or across regions.
Overall the IAEA TC Programme provides support to more than 125 Member States in areas directly relating to the UN Millennium Development Goals (Pre-2015) and UN Sustainable Development Goals (Post-2015). To provide this comprehensive assistance the IAEA also works with many other UN organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD) and the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) through the Joint FAO/IAEA Division of Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.
Besides this opportunity to be involved in an exciting assignment, Long enjoyed some brisk walks in the snow-covered landscape, tasting his favourite Viennese coffee and sour cherry strudel and meeting friends and previous colleagues.
Nguyen, L.; F. Zapata, R. Lal and G. Dercon 2011. Role of nuclear and isotopic techniques in sustainable land management: Achieving food security and mitigating impacts of climate change. Chapter 8. Pp. 345-418. In: Advances in Soil Sciences-World Soil Resources and Food security. Lal, R and Stewart, B. A. (eds.), CRC Press Taylor & Francis Group. Boca Raton, London, New York.