Nuclear security agreement efforts "have now paid off"

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Yukiya Amano. Photo Credit: Dean Calma / IAEA

A new nuclear security agreement finally came into effect on Friday, more than a decade after it was drafted.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that the nuclear agreement showed its efforts "have now paid off".

The Amendment to the 1980 Convention of the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) was drafted in 2005 but could not come into force until it was ratified by two thirds of the States who were party to it.

Here's Janie Cangelosi.

More than a decade after it was agreed upon at the second Diplomatic Conference, the Amendment to the Convention of the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) will come into effect.

The Director General of the IAEA, Yukiya Amano, said it was "an important day for efforts to strengthen nuclear security around the world."

"One hundred and two countries have now deposited their instruments of ratification, acceptance or approval of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.

It will help reduce the risk of a terrorist attack involving nuclear material, which could have catastrophic consequences.

The Amendment makes it legally binding for countries to protect nuclear facilities, as well as nuclear material in domestic use, storage and transport.

It will also increase international cooperation in locating and recovering stolen or smuggled nuclear material.

The IAEA has worked hard in the last few years to encourage countries to adhere to the Amendment. Our efforts have now paid off."

The Amendment will become legally enforceable on 8 May.

Janie Cangelosi, United Nations

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