NTI Reflects on the Legacy of IAEA Director General Amano

“With today’s news of the passing of IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano, the world has lost a champion for nuclear non-proliferation, security, and safety, and an effective advocate for the peaceful use of nuclear energy.

“I worked closely with the Director General during negotiations of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action with Iran and as the Agency fulfilled its crucial role in verifying the agreement with the most extensive nuclear monitoring regime in the world.

“NTI also was pleased to stand with the Director General in Astana, Kazakhstan in 2017 to celebrate the launch of the IAEA low-enriched uranium bank. NTI and the IAEA worked tirelessly for more than ten years to see this initiative from concept to fruition. I am sorry he won’t be able to watch the bank become operational later this year. The LEU bank is an example of his leadership and commitment to building a safer world for future generations.

“This is but one example of many. Director General Amano contributed significantly to the Nuclear Security Summits, which brought world leaders together to address the threat of nuclear terrorism, as well as the creation of the International Conference on Nuclear Security, a forum designed to sustain and build on the gains made during the summit process.

“The world is a safer place thanks to Director General Amano. I am honored to have known and worked with him, and I send deepest condolences to his family, his friends, and all who worked with him at the IAEA and beyond.” - NTI Co-Chair and CEO Ernest J. Moniz

"I am saddened to learn of the passing of IAEA Director General Amano. He lived a life of service as an outstanding diplomat and as head of the IAEA. He was a global leader in promoting the safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear technologies and in reducing nuclear dangers.

"All of us at NTI are grateful for his unwavering commitment to the IAEA low enriched uranium bank and his determination to make it a reality. Even before the launch of the LEU bank in 2017, he was able to skillfully explain to the leaders of countries who were pursuing nuclear power that the forthcoming bank would allow countries access to nuclear fuel in the case of an interruption of their supply and there was not a need to develop their own enrichment programs.

"The IAEA bank, which will become operational later this year, will play an important role in reducing nuclear dangers and will serve as a vivid example of the benefits of international cooperation at a time when our world is in a race between cooperation and catastrophe. This is a critical achievement in Yukiya Amano’s legacy." - NTI Co-Chair and Co-Founder Sam Nunn

"We both worked closely with Director General Amano and admired his outstanding service to the IAEA.  Director General Amano was a skillful diplomat who led the agency with vision and wisdom in an ever-changing world.  From the low-enriched uranium bank launched by the IAEA in 2017 to enhancing materials security around the globe, NTI was honored to work with the Director General in making the world a safer place.  We will always be grateful for his leadership, his professionalism, and his commitment to reducing nuclear dangers." - NTI President Joan Rohlfing and President Emeritus Charles B. Curtis

July 22, 2019

Statements from NTI leadership on IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's recent death.