Malta is one of the main contributors to the IAEA’s laboratories modernisation drive

Malta is one of the main contributors to the IAEA’s laboratories modernisation drive

Reference Number:  , Press Release Issue Date: Dec 09, 2021
 
“Without these laboratories, Malta and the other Member States alone would have a hard time dealing with global emerging threats such as zoonotic diseases, climate change, and food and water insecurity”. 

These were the words of Malta’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations and other International Organisations in Vienna, H.E Natasha Meli Daudey, following an event organised on 25th November by the IAEA in welcoming seven Member State contributors to what is known as ReNuAL II.

The ReNuAL II project aims to modernise the Agency’s laboratories found in Seibersdorf, Austria in order for the IAEA to be able to better assist Member States meet current and future threats that face the ever-growing membership of the Agency.

Conscious of these threats, Malta wanted to join this group of donor countries, because it has seen the extensive upside that the applied research and development taking place at these laboratories, leave on Member States. Indeed, the research that takes places here ends up being part of the Technical Cooperation Programme through projects implemented on the ground.

Malta itself can thank the Technical Cooperation Programme for vast improvement to its cancer treatment methodology, water collection systems, radiation protection, as well as the safeguarding of its heritage through several projects spanning years and close to €4 million in total financial resources.

During the event, Director General Grossi announced how the voluntary contributions by Malta and the other Member States will go towards the construction of a new laboratory building, the replacement of ageing greenhouses for agriculture, as well as the refurbishment the Dosimetry Laboratory, with an aim to have the work completed by 2024.