Prince’s Palace of Monaco

Meeting between HSH Prince Albert II and Dr Mohamed El Baradei

Dr El Baradei, Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), met with HSH Prince Albert II on Tuesday 16 December 2008, at the Prince’s Palace

 Picture : Meeting between HSH Prince Albert II and Dr Mohamed El Baradei

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is an organization directly linked to the United National Security Council. Based in Vienna, Austria, it aims to promote peaceful uses for nuclear energy and control the development of its military applications. Its purpose is to accelerate and encourage the contribution of atomic energy to world peace, health and prosperity. The IAEA offers solid technical competencies and unparalleled experience to guarantee safe, effective and sustainable implementation of radiotherapy services worldwide. This experience proves successful transfer of radiotherapy techniques to the least developed countries is possible. As for Dr El Baradei, he was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2005 along with the International Atomic Energy Agency.

After a private conversation, a working meeting began between the Sovereign Prince, Dr El Baradei, the IAEA delegation, members of the Monegasque Government and representatives of entities in the Principality involved in environmental protection of the sea. On this occasion, several issues were addressed, including IAEA proposals for a reorganized nuclear order and prospects for reinforcing cooperation between the Agency and Monaco... Lunch was then served in the Salon des Glaces.

In the afternoon, HSH Prince Albert II visited the IAEA Marine Environment Laboratory in Monaco where he was greeted by Dr El Baradei, Dr Betti and their staff. The Laboratory develops innovative analytical oceanographic studies to provide the most knowledgeable advice.

In the evening, HSH the Prince and Dr El Baradei attended a special PACT (Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy) soiree at the Hôtel de Paris. Before dinner, HSH the Prince wished to emphasize that: “By dedicating this soiree to the PACT programme in which my country has the honour of participating and which we will be supporting even more, we are expressing our common will to see nuclear energy develop peaceful applications, more specifically for health and medical research, especially in emerging countries.” PACT answers the needs of developing countries by providing the legal, regulatory, technical and human resources necessary for preparing, improving and developing radiotherapy programmes in the context of national cancer prevention strategies in keeping with the needs and priorities of the countries and regions concerned.

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