15 October 2010: As part of a new outreach initiative at the beginning of 2010, the Department of Technical Cooperation held a Seminar on Technical Cooperation for Permanent Missions. The one day seminar, offered on 11 and 12 October, was designed to strengthen the information base of Member States and the Secretariat on the TC programme, in order to facilitate a common understanding, informed discussion and decision-taking. Participants from all the regions were present at the Seminar, with 55 delegates attending on 11 October and 52 on 12 October.
The Seminar was structured so that presentations moved from overarching issues such as the policy framework right down to the current stage of preparations in the programme cycle. Each session narrowed the focus of the Seminar, relating more concrete aspects of the programme to the preceding sessions.
The Seminar was divided into eight sessions. Session I provided an overview of how the Agency’s technical assistance and cooperation work has evolved over the years, and highlighted the important role played by Member States and by the Permanent Missions. Session II concentrated on the Policy Framework, presenting the relationship between the Agency and the United Nations, introducing the documents that establish technical cooperation policy, and extracting key technical cooperation principles from the documents that guide the programme. Session III concentrated on the International Development Context and the TC programme, presenting the global context within which the TC programme operates, how science and technology contribute to the achievement of Member State development priorities, and explaining the connection between the TC programme and the Millennium Development Goals. The session explained the importance of participation in the UNDAF process, and concrete examples of IAEA cooperation with FAO and WHO were used to underscore the benefits of partnerships with United Nations system organizations.
Session IV focused on Identifying and Addressing Member State Needs and Priorities, explaining how Member States and the Secretariat identify and address capacities and capacity gaps through the Country Programme Framework. The session also presented Secretariat services, and explained the rationale for the 30 Fields of Activity used in programme development. Session V concentrated on Programme Roles and Responsibilities, explaining roles within the Secretariat, and of the policy making organs as they relate to the TC programme. Session VI was devoted to Funding the Technical Cooperation Programme, and covered the resources available to the programme, as well as the contribution by the Major Programmes.
Session VII covered the entire TC programme cycle from upstream work right through approval, implementation, monitoring and evaluation, emphasising the continuous nature of the programme and the fact that implementation and planning take place at the same time for different cycles. Time was also devoted to explaining the Logical Framework Methodology, The session concluded with a look at where the Secretariat and Member States are in the current planning cycle, and outlined the next steps.
The final session, Session VIII, was devoted to a moderated panel of the regional Directors, allowing the focus to move outwards once again from the planning cycle to examples of project cooperation at the regional level. The Seminar was closed by Ana Maria Cetto, Deputy Director General and Head of the Department of Technical Cooperation.
The presentations for each session are available below.