Colombia elected Vice Chairman of IAEA Board of Governors

Energy    Oct 4, 2021 5:47 PM

Colombia was elected as Vice President of the Governors Board of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

Colombia’s Ambassador to Austria and Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Miguel Camilo Ruiz Blanco, was elected as Vice President of the IAEA Board, Valora Analitik reported.

The election will apply for the period from 2021 to 2022, representing the Group of 77 + China.

The Board of Governors is composed of the Chairman, Ambassador Shin Chae-hyun of Korea, and two Vice-Chairmen: Ambassador Miguel Camilo Ruiz Blanco of Colombia and Ambassador Dominika Krois of Poland.

The IAEA Board is made up of 35 member states and generally meets five times a year: in March, June, September (twice: before and after the General Conference) and November.

It is important to mention that the IAEA is an independent organization of the United Nations, created in 1957 by its Statute. Its role is to seek to accelerate and enlarge the contribution of atomic energy to peace, health and prosperity in the world.

The Group of 77 is a group of developing countries, with the aim of supporting each other in the deliberations of the UN, which was established in 1957.

Bottom-Line: There is something more than a little strange about Colombia getting an official role in a body that monitors a technology which is not present in the country.

Maybe that is why MinEnergia started talking about nuclear power a few weeks ago, to support the bid for this post.

And we, in our innocence, thought that nuclear was being seriously considered…

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