The United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in September 2015, represents an ambitious effort by the international community to progress on numerous sustainable development issues.
The Agenda outlines 17 SDGs. The IAEA provides support to Member States to use nuclear science and technology to help achieve the goals of zero hunger, good health and well-being, clean water and sanitation, affordable and clean energy, investments in industry, innovation and infrastructure, climate action, conserving and sustainably using life below water, sustainably managing life on land and revitalizing global partnerships for achieving the goals.
"Though the goals are clear, the way forward can be challenging and much is to be done if they are to be reached by 2030," said Acua. "Nuclear science and technology are able to provide concrete development solutions and data to support both policy development and intervention efficacy assessments of progress towards specific goals."
The techniques discussed include the use of medical ionizing radiation for the treatment of non-communicable diseases as well as the use of radiation to sterilize medical and healthcare products, among others.
Collaborating to achieve sustainable development
On the occasion of the meeting, the Malaysian Nuclear Agency received its designation as an IAEA Collaborating Centre in the area of radiation processing of polymer and natural polymer and nanomaterials.
Collaborating Centres assist the IAEA in implementing selected programmatic activities, for example the development and application of technology related to an IAEA Programme.
The Malaysian Nuclear Agency was previously designated as an IAEA Collaborating Centre in the area of radiation processing of polymer and natural polymer and nanomaterials from 2006-2009 and 2010-2014. It is also a Collaborating Centre in the area of non-destructive testing for industry.