The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) can directly contribute towards achieving 13 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
That includes affordable and green energy, clean water and tackling climate change.
IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano made the comment at the Symposium on Nuclear Applications for Sustainable Development in Gulf Co-operation Council (GCC) Member States in Kuwait.
He said: “Our mission is to share the benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear science and technology to help countries achieve their development goals.
“The IAEA has been contributing effectively to sustainable development in areas such as food and agriculture, human health and water resource and environmental management for decades.”
The organisation provides support based on countries’ development priorities.
Mr Amano added energy is “indispensable for development” and many countries believe nuclear power could help them address the twin challenges of ensuring reliable energy supplies while cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
The UAE, a GCC nation, is building four nuclear energy reactors in close co-operation with the IAEA.