Introduction to the RCARO Workshop Kun Mo CHOI Director, RCARO 24 July 2007, Seoul Background RCARO is entering into the third phase First phase (2002-2004) : • 3 years under interim operation • Operation of the RCARO website • Initiation of human resource development programme Second phase (2005-2007) : • 3 years under full operation • The Director was appointed by the Member States. • Initiation of the RCA/UNDP(K) program • Establishment of the fast-track mechanism for joint projects with other organizations Third phase (2008- ) : RCARO needs advice and assistance in the formulation of appropriate programs to increase visibility and viability of RCA Especially programmes to enhance its partnership with other international organizations Objectives of the Workshop To seek ways to increase RCA’s partnership with other organizations in line with RCA Medium-Term Strategies To formulate new projects to start in 2009 after the completion of the current RCA/UNDP Environment Project To discuss the RCA’s participation in international conferences including the 6th International Conference on Isotopes (6ICI) to be held in May 2008 in Korea To enhance RCA’s leadership in the region through brainstorming, and To discuss other issues relating to the future development strategies for the RCARO Participants Experts on RCA programme Mr. Prinath Dias (IAEA) Ms. Alumanda Dela ROSA (Philippines, PNRI) Mr. John Easey (Australia, ANSTO) Mr. Ron Cameron (Australia, ANSTO) Mr. Carlito Aleta (Philippines) Mr. LONG Maoxing (China, CAEA) Mr. Xu Naicheng (China) Mr. Manoon ARAMRATTANA (Thailand) Mr. Yasuyoshi KOMIZO (Japan) Mr. Tran Huu Phat (Vietnam) Experts from int’l organizations Mr. Qu Liang (FAO/IAEA Office) Ms. Hyun Shin LEE (UNDP Office in Korea) Experts in Korea Mr. Jae Yong HUR (ROK, MOST) Ms. Ji Hyun ANN (ROK, MOST) Mr. Byung Jin JUN (KAERI) Mr. Phil Han PARK (KRIA) KONIKOF And others RCARO Agenda 24 July (Tuesday) Opening • Opening • Introduction to the Workshop (RCARO) Session 1: Strategies to Enhance RCA Partnerships • Potential Partnership Organizations for RCA and their Programmes (Mr. Aleta) • Philippines’ Experience in Collaborating with International Development Organizations (Ms. Dela Rosa) • Promotion of RCA Partnership in Connection with the RCA MTS (Mr. John Easey) • Discussion Session 2: RCA’s Participation in International Conferences • Lessons Learned from RCA’s Participation in the PEMSEA Conference (Mr. John K Chung) • Introduction to the 6th International Conference on Radioisotopes (Mr. Byung Jin JUN) • Possible RCA’s Participation in the International Conferences (Mr. Prinath Dias) • Discussion Session 3: Strategies to Enhance RCA Partnerships • Status of the RCA-UNDP(K) Project (Mr. Jae Sol LEE) • Experiences from the IAEA/RCA/UNDP Industrial Project (Mr. Manoon Aramrattana) • Future UNDP-RCA Partnership (Ms. Hyun Shin LEE) • Partnership with FAO/IAEA (Mr. Qu Liang, Director, IAEA/FAO Office) • General Discussion Session 4: RCA and Leadership • Roles and Responsibilities of the Major RCA Stakeholders (Mr. Prinath Dias) • Member State’s View on Enhancing RCA Leadership (Mr. Xu Naicheng) • RCARO’s Contribution in the Region (Mr. Ron CAMERON and Mr. Yasuyoshi Komizo) • Member State’s View on the RCARO Future Strategies (Mr. Tran Huu Phat) • General discussion Closing Session Session I Strategies to Enhance RCA Partnerships RCA Medium-Term Strategy addresses the importance of enhancing its partnerships with other international organizations However, detailed strategies to achieve the goal have not been thoroughly discussed by RCA members. It is necessary to clarify the roles of the RCA and the RCA Regional Office in enhancing partnership RCARO, with the support of Dr. Aleta, surveyed the projects of international organizations in the region as a first step to develop possibilities of partnerships Session 2 RCA’s Participation in International Conferences One of the practical means to enhance partnership is to participate in relevant international conferences RCA’s participation in the PEMSEA conference can be regarded a role model • The relevant RCA meeting planned around the time of the conference was one of the factors that made the participation possible The 6th International Conference on Isotopes (ICI) in Seoul next year is another good opportunity for RCA to communicate with experts in other regions Session 3 Partnerships with UNDP RCA/UNDP(K) project was launched in 2006 The theme is “Environment Impact Analysis in the Tsunami- affected Area” It is a 3 year project (2006-2008) and the budget is 0.3 Million USD 14 Member States are participating • PHI, MAL, INS, SRL, THA, AUL and IND: Project leading countries It is time to consider the next project using the same scheme Exemplary candidate projects are welcome to be discussed FAO/IAEA office is interested in the development of a cooperative program with RCA with the support of RCARO Session 4 RCA and Leadership RCA has a long history and a long list of success stories, but it has also some challenges to be addressed The complicated decision-making system and the large gap in understanding the RCA business among the NRs are examples of such challenges RCARO may contribute in solving the problems the RCA is facing Session 5 Roles of the RCARO for nuclear cooperation Main missions of RCARO are to increase RCA’s awareness and to enhance RCA partnerships. RCARO is expecting more activities in the future with increased budget, contribution to the IAEA and various programs with other organizations. Proposals and suggestions are always welcomed. Any other subjects relevant to RCA would be discussed. Expected Outcomes of the Workshop Record of the discussion Conclusions and/or Recommendations Participation in the 6th ICI Next RCA/UNDP project Specific programmes/activities to enhance RCA partnerships Thank you.
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