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Rafael Grossi said the IAEA was ready to help disseminate the knowledge gained by Germany as it winds down its nuclear programme. The International Atomic Energy Agency is ready to provide its assistance and to help disseminate the knowledge gained by Germany as it winds down its nuclear power programme, the agency’s director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said after meeting foreign minister Heiko Maas and other senior German officials in Berlin.

Mr Grossi praised Germany’s efforts and progress in decommissioning its nuclear power plants and managing the waste. He noted that last year, an IAEA team of experts carried out a review in Germany and concluded the country was continuing to manage its radioactive waste and spent fuel in a safe and responsible manner. The team also noted opportunities for improving the monitoring of the implementation of the national programme for radioactive waste and spent fuel management.

He said Germany is demonstrating continued strong support for the International Atomic Energy Agency even as the country is shutting down its nuclear power plants, the agency’s director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi said after meeting foreign minister Heiko Maas and other senior German officials in Berlin.

The IAEA said Germany was among a group of countries that quickly stepped in with new financial commitments to ensure that the agency’s safeguards work was not interrupted during the Covid-19 outbreak.

Germany also joined other IAEA member states in backing an agency project to provide nuclear-derived testing equipment and training and expertise to some 125 countries to help them quickly detect the coronavirus.

Mr Grossi said Mr Maas had expressed interest in Zodiac (Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action), an IAEA initiative to use nuclear techniques and an international network of laboratories to help prevent future pandemics.

Date: Wednesday, 28 October 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/despite-phaseout-berlin-is-continuing-strong-support-for-iaea-says-grossi-10-2-2020

A "solid group" of 10-12 countries building nuclear power plants for the first time will emerge in the next decade, International Atomic Energy Agency Director General Rafael Mariano Grossi told OECD Nuclear Energy Agency Director General William Magwood in a WebChat on 16 October.

Date: Tuesday, 20 October 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/Grossi-predicts-a-dozen-new-nuclear-countries-by-2

The fight against the coronavirus pandemic has underscored the important role the International Atomic Energy Agency plays in the major crises the world faces, its director general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, said today in his opening address to the 64th regular session of the IAEA General Conference. These remarks were in addition to his formal statement published by the agency while he was speaking to the conference's participants, both those present at the IAEA's headquarters in Vienna and those watching via livestreaming of the event.

Date: Tuesday, 22 September 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-works-to-help-every-global-challenge-says-Gro

An initiative to strengthen global preparedness for future pandemics like COVID-19 has been launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The project, called ZODIAC, builds on the IAEA's experience in assisting countries in the use of nuclear and nuclear-derived techniques for the rapid detection of pathogens that cause transboundary animal diseases, including ones that spread to humans.

Date: Wednesday, 17 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-project-to-bolster-preparedness-for-pandemics

Aim is to give states access to nuclear or nuclear-derived techniques IAEA director-general Rafael Mariano Grossi. Image courtesy IAEA/D. Calma. The International Atomic Energy Agency is launching a project to establish a global network of diagnostic laboratories that can conduct monitoring, surveillance, early detection and control of emerging and reemerging zoonotic diseases such as the Covid-19 coronavirus using nuclear or nuclear-derived techniques. 

The agency’s director-general, Rafael Mariano Grossi, told a virtual board of governors meeting on Monday that the Zoonotic Disease Integrated Action (Zodiac) project will give member states access to equipment, technology packages, expertise, guidance and training.

The aim is to make the world better prepared for future outbreaks. Mr Grossi said Covid-19 had exposed problems related to virus detection capabilities in many countries, as well as a need for better communication between health institutions around the world.

Date: Tuesday, 16 June 2020
Original article: nucnet.org/news/iaea-launches-zodiac-project-to-establish-global-laboratory-network-6-1-2020

A ceremony was held today to mark the official opening of a state-of-the-art laboratory building, named after former International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director General Yukiya Amano, at the agency's Seibersdorf site outside Vienna, Austria. The new facility will increase the IAEA's capacity to assist countries in fighting and preventing transboundary animal and zoonotic diseases like COVID-19, and to tackle challenges related to climate change and food safety.

Date: Saturday, 06 June 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-opens-Yukiya-Amano-Laboratories

Biopharmaceutical leader Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited has committed to donating JPY500 million (around $4.67 million) in support of a global initiative launched by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to help countries combat the Covid-19 pandemic.

Date: Friday, 15 May 2020
Original article: neimagazine.com/news/newsiaea-global-initiative-to-combat-covid-19-attracts-donations-7924200

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) will provide diagnostic kits, equipment and training in nuclear-derived detection techniques to countries asking for assistance in tackling the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus causing COVID-19. Fourteen countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean have requested assistance with the diagnostic technique, known as Real-Time Reverse Transcription Polymerase Chain Reaction (RT-PCR). "The Agency takes pride in its ability to respond quickly to crises, as we did in the recent past with the Ebola, Zika and African Swine Fever viruses," IAEA Director General Mariano Grossi said in a statement to the IAEA Board of Governors. "Contributing to international efforts to deal with the coronavirus will remain a priority for me as long as the outbreak persists."

Date: Wednesday, 11 March 2020
Original article: world-nuclear-news.org/Articles/IAEA-announces-support-for-COVID-19-effort