Speaking at the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) in honor of the 60th anniversary of the IAEA, Mr Amano focused first on how nuclear science is being used for peace and development, highlighting programmes around the world which use radiology and radioactive materials to address issues from food security to the transmission or diagnosis of diseases. He recognised the IAEA as a unique organisation in the United Nations family because of its technological focus, and he placed the GCSP in the same category of organisations whose approach toward issues achieves concrete results.
Mr Yukiya Amano
The country that does not recognise the threat of nuclear security is the biggest threat, because terrorists target the weakest link.
Of course, current events and political issues were touched on throughout the discussion. Mr Amano was proud of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the nuclear deal implemented last year between Iran and major world powers. But he said it is not possible to be optimistic about North Korea at the moment, since all indications show the country moving forward with their nuclear programme.
Mr Amano made sure to emphasise, however, that the IAEA's work goes well beyond the political issues which put it most often in the news, and that he can see every day how nuclear technology helps ordinary people.
GCSP Director Ambassador Christian Dussey closed the discussion by asking Mr Amano about his leadership advice. His lessons? Love your job, and focus on hard work.