The RCA (Regional Cooperative Agreement for Research, Development and Training Related to Nuclear Science and Technology for Asia and the Pacific) is an intergovernmental agreement among the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Member States in the Asia-Pacific region.
Since its establishment in 1972 as the first regional cooperative agreement under the auspices of the IAEA, the RCA has had a long history of providing an effective framework for regional cooperation bringing socioeconomic benefits to the Government Parties and the region. It has not only delivered projects that have transferred a wide range of beneficial nuclear science and technology but it has also demonstrated the power of these technologies to contribute to the sustainable development and enhanced socioeconomic well-being in the region.
Under the umbrella of this Agreement, the Government Parties have effectively steered the RCA Programme to address their specifically identified needs and priorities as well as those of the Asia-Pacific region generally. Through the development of nuclear technology and science, more cost-effective and environmentally sustainable solutions have been able to be applied to address these problems.
The RCA shall be recognized as an effective partner in providing nuclear technologies that
enhance socio-economic wellbeing and contribute to sustainable development in the region
To identify and implement nuclear technologies for regional needs
To promote the benefits of nuclear technologies and identify funding mechanisms
To develop regional networks for exchange of technologies, training and equipment
To encourage sustainability of nuclear technology capacities in RCA Government Parties
To coordinate cooperative research in nuclear science and technology