Indonesia's gift to the Nuclear Security Summit

Mar 25 2014
VERTIC Blog >> National Implementation Measures

Vice-President Boediono of the Republic of Indonesia will present the 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' (NLIK) to the Nuclear Security Summit today in The Hague. This is his second Summit, the first being in 2010 in Washington DC. The President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono attended the second Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, South Korea in March 2012.

Ambassador Hasan Kleib, the Director-General for Multilateral Affairs in the Indonesian Foreign Ministry, and the country’s Sherpa for this week’s Nuclear Security Summit, told the Jakarta Post last Saturday that “…the NLIK could act as a model for any country preparing national legislation on nuclear security” and that “[t]hose who want to prepare national legislation on nuclear security could choose elements in the model suitable to them”. Indonesia has contributed the Kit to the Summit as they are “…very concerned about nuclear materials and substances being trafficked into the wrong hands.”

VERTIC was honoured to be asked to develop the Kit for the Government of Indonesia, as our organisation fully supports the efforts of Indonesia and like-minded governments to ensure that nuclear and other radioactive material is only used for peaceful purposes, for example, legitimate research or in civilian nuclear power programmes. Our work on the NLIK is part of our larger National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme, which works with governments on domestication into national law of the Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions, and the international nuclear security legal instruments – such as the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and its Amendment, the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, and the amended maritime navigation, civil aviation and fixed platform conventions.

As Ambassador Kleib noted, development of the NLIK has taken nearly two years. It is a process that has involved several drafts and review and comment by a number of national governments and intergovernmental organisations. This has resulted in a comprehensive, clear and useful document for States interested in strengthening their national legislation for nuclear security. VERTIC’s objective now is to co-operate with States using the NLIK to fill in any gaps that have been identified in their legislation, using the analytical template that we have already developed for this purpose. For those governments whose working language is not English, we are in a position to work with them using the Arabic, French, Russian or Spanish versions of the NLIK.

For more information about the NLIK, or to request an analysis of your State’s legislation for national implementation of the international nuclear security legal instruments, please contact Acting Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence or view our NIM Programme pages.

 

Last changed: Mar 25 2014 at 6:10 PM

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