Official Visit at the IAEA in Vienna Order of Malta - Permanent Observer Mission

28/02/2012

Official Visit at the IAEA in Vienna

H.M.E.H. and the Order’ delegation was welcomed at a special meeting with the Director General Mr. Yukiya Amano in his personal office where a photo session took place before the bilateral meeting began.

In his remarks the Director General mentioned his priorities in the use of nuclear and isotopic techniques for applications in human health with PACT (Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy),as the top priority,  water resources, food and agriculture and the environment and industry in order to help reach some of the key targets of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).  He welcomed the cooperation between the Order and the Agency in the PACT programme and invited the Order for further cooperation in areas of common interest.

Further potential areas of collaboration were mentioned in other areas of human health with a particular focus on providing clean water to poor populations in developing countries.

At the end of the bilateral meeting a commemorative medallion of the Order was presented to the Director General, Yukya Amano.

In fact a cornerstone was set by initiating a partnership between the Order and the Agency focusing on combating the growing cancer epidemic and address cancer control in an integrated, comprehensive manner through this international collaboration. The collaboration intends to focus on PACT Model Demonstration Sites (PMDS), with an emphasis on Albania.

The Practical arrangements for PACT were signed between the Agency and the Government of the Sovereign Military Order of Malta by the Grand Chancellor, Jean-Pierre Mazery, recognizing the status of the Order as a subject of international law. The same procedure was followed on the occasion of the signature of the agreement between the Principality of Monaco and the Agency.

At the end of the visit Protocol of IAEA and UNOV accompanied H.M.E.H. and the delegation of the Order to the UN Plaza where the UN Security and Safety Forces tribute again honours to H.M.E.H. and the delegation of the Order.

H.E. Ambassador Günther Granser; H.M.E.H. Frá Matthew Festing, Prince and Grandmaster; H.E. Yukiya Amano, Director General (IAEA); H.E. Jean-Pierre Mazery, Grand Chancellor and Minister of Foreign Affairs; H.E. Albrecht Freiherr von Boeselager, Grand Hospitaller

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