IAEA / NUCLEAR SECURITY

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The Ministers of the Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), gathered at the International Conference on Nuclear Security today in Vienna, called for further strengthening global nuclear security, including by combating illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material. IAEA

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STORY: IAEA / NUCLEAR SECURITY
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SOURCE: IAEA
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DATELINE: 5 DECEMBER 2016, VIENNA, AUSTRIA

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1. Wide shot, delegates in the meeting room
2. Med shot, delegates
3. Wide shot, chairs shaking hands
4. Med shot, audience listens
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“Much progress has been made in improving nuclear security throughout the world. But we can never relax our guard. Continued vigilance is essential as the threat evolves. The IAEA will continue to play its part in helping to ensure that all countries are able to make the best use of available technology and to ensure state of the art nuclear security.”
6. Cutaway, delegates
7. SOUNDBITE (English) Yukiya Amano, Director General, International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA):
“Terrorists and criminals will try to exploit any vulnerability in the global nuclear security system. Any country in any part of the world could find itself used as a transit point and any country could become the target of an attack. This is why, effective international cooperation is valid.”
8. Cutaway, delegates
9. Wide shot, meeting

STORYLINE:

The Ministers of the Member States of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), gathered at the International Conference on Nuclear Security today in Vienna, called for further strengthening global nuclear security, including by combating illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material.

The conference, which will run through Friday (9 Dec) at the IAEA’s headquarters in Vienna, has brought together some 2000 participants from more than 130 Member States and 17 international, regional and non-governmental organizations. They will review the status of international nuclear security and exchange views on strategies and priorities for improving it.

The Ministerial Declaration, adopted at a plenary session attended by more than 50 ministers and other Heads of Delegation including the Conference President, Republic of Korea Foreign Minister Yun Byung-se, welcomed “advances made by IAEA Member States in developing and enhancing their nuclear security regimes” as well as the “positive impact of the Agency’s increasing nuclear security efforts” even as “much more work remains to be done”.

The ministers “remain concerned about threats to nuclear security and therefore committed to continuously maintaining and further strengthening nuclear security” and underlined “the importance of keeping pace with evolving challenges and threats”.

They also pledged “to continue taking active steps to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material, to protect and secure all such material to ensure that it cannot be used by non-State actors in criminal or terrorist acts, and to continue efforts on our territories to prepare for recovering such material in case it has fallen out of regulatory control, taking into account relevant international instruments”.

While welcoming the entry into force earlier this year of the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM), the ministers encouraged the IAEA to continue efforts to promote its universalization, given “the central role of the IAEA in facilitating and coordinating international cooperation” on nuclear security.

Opening the conference, the IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano said “terrorists and criminals will try to exploit any vulnerability in the global nuclear security system” and “any country could become the target of an attack.”

Among other issues, the ministers expressed support for the IAEA’s core nuclear security activities that assist States upon request, including in establishing national nuclear security regimes, developing guidance, capacity building and advisory services.

They also called for further development of IAEA assistance in nuclear forensics, detection, information and transport security, and insider threat mitigation.
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