IAEA PACT Global Action – National Needs #CancerCare4All

3 February 2017 Vienna International Centre

3 February 2017


10:30 to 12:00


Vienna International Centre


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The International Atomic Energy Agency’s Programme of Action for Cancer Therapy (PACT) is organizing an event titled “Global Action – National Needs” on 3rd February on the occasion of World Cancer Day.

The high-level discussion will explore how inequalities in access to cancer treatment in the world can be addressed through increased political commitment and strategic partnerships at both national and global levels.

Speakers include Mr Yukiya Amano, IAEA Director General, Her Royal Highness, Princess Dina Mired of Jordan, President-elect, Union of International Cancer Control, Mrs Kim Simplis Barrow, First Lady of Belize, and Mr Amadou Diarra, Head of Global Policy, Advocacy & Government Affairs, Bristol Myers Squibb (representing IFPMA).



Opening Statement
Mr. Yukiya Amano
IAEA Director General


Her Royal Highness, Princess Dina Mired of Jordan
President-elect, Union for International Cancer Control


Mrs Kim Simplis Barrow
First Lady of Belize


Mr Amadou Diarra
Head of Global Policy, Advocacy and Government Affairs, Bristol-Myers Squibb (IFPMA)


Yukiya Amana IAEA Director General

Yukiya Amano is Director General of the International Atomic Energy Agency. The IAEA, an intergovernmental organization based in Vienna, is the global centre for cooperation in nuclear applications, energy, science and technology. Established in 1957, the Agency works with its Member States and partners to promote safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies and prevent the proliferation of nuclear weapons.

Mr. Amano served as Chair of the Agency’s Board of Governors from September 2005 to September 2006. He was Japan’s Resident Representative to the Agency from 2005 until his election as Director General in July 2009. He assumed his duties as IAEA Director General on 1 December 2009. He has extensive experience in disarmament and non-proliferation diplomacy, as well as nuclear energy issues.

At the Japanese Foreign Ministry, Mr. Amano was Director-General for the Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Science Department from 2002 until 2005. He previously served as a governmental expert on the U.N. Panel on Missiles and on the U.N. Expert Group on Disarmament and Non-Proliferation Education. Mr. Amano contributed to the 1995, 2000 and 2005 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conferences, and he chaired the 2007 Preparatory Committee for the 2010 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty Review Conference.

A graduate of the Tokyo University Faculty of Law, Mr. Amano joined the Japanese Foreign Ministry in April 1972, when he began a series of international postings in Belgium, France, Laos, Switzerland, and the United States.

Mr. Amano was born in 1947, is married and speaks English, French and Japanese.

Dina Mired Her Royal Highness Princess of Jordan

As the mother of a cancer survivor, Her Royal Highness Princess Dina Mired of Jordan is passionate in her efforts to combat cancer. She led the King Hussein Cancer Foundation in Jordan as Director General for over 14 years, transforming its cancer care programme and helping thousands of patients. Last year, Her Royal Highness was elected to the Presidency of the Union for International Cancer Control, a global network of over 950 organisations in 155 countries seeking to unite the cancer community to reduce the global cancer burden. She will begin her role as President in 2018.

Kim Simplis Barrow First Lady of Belize

Ms Kim Simplis Barrow is the First Lady of Belize and has a long history of working with children, establishing and leading one of Belize’s most acclaimed Non-Governmental Organizations, Lifeline Foundation. She was appointed as the Special Envoy for Women and Children of Belize in 2008. Ms Simplis Barrow is a cancer survivor, and bravely chose to make her diagnosis public and to campaign for increased public awareness of the disease and to reduce stigma and discrimination. She has worked closely with the Belize Cancer Society to increase cancer awareness.

Amadou Diarra Council Member of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA)

Mr Amadou Diarra is Council Member of the International Federation of Pharmaceutical Manufacturers & Associations (IFPMA) and Vice President of Global Policy, Advocacy and Global Affairs at the pharmaceutical company Bristol-Meyers Squibb (BMS). Mr. Diarra and BMS recognize the strong ties between HIV and other infectious diseases with cancer. He is deeply involved in the company’s Secure the Future Initiative, which has invested more than US$ 100 million dollars into HIV programmes in Africa, and includes activities to fight cervical and breast cancer.