UK highlights 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' in UNSC speech

Ambassador Lyall Grant of the UK Mission to the United Nations highlighted the 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' (Kit) in his speech to the UN Security Council, during an open debate to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Resolution 1540 on 7 May. Ambassador Grant noted that the UK's Counterproliferation Strategic Programme Fund has enabled the UK to "...collaborate with Canada and Indonesia to produce a Nuclear Security National Legislation Implementation Kit. We hope that other states find this kit useful in ensuring their domestic legislation is in line with the requirements of Resolution 1540".

VERTIC was honoured to develop the Kit at the request of the Government of Indonesia, which was presented by the Vice President to the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague during 24-25 March 2014. 29 Summit nations from all regions of the world, along with the United Nations, supported the Joint Statement on the National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security, which confirms that the Kit “… provides States with references to a wide array of consolidated elements and provisions contained in relevant international legal instruments and guidance documents on nuclear security that together contribute to the global framework for nuclear security”.

In Paragraph 11 of the Hague Communiqué – the final document from the Summit – the participating States “… welcome efforts aimed at developing model legislation on nuclear security, which could provide States with building blocks to develop comprehensive national legislation in accordance with their own legal systems and internal legal processes”.

The development of the Kit was made possible with the assistance of VERTIC, and through the financial support of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (Global Partnership Program) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom (Strategic Programme Fund). Translation and publication of the Kit was made possible with additional funding from the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs of Switzerland.

The Kit, which is available in Arabic, English, French, Russian and Spanish, has two objectives:

  • to help States develop comprehensive national legislation on nuclear security, in accordance with their own respective legal cultures and internal legal processes; and
  • to provide States with references to a wide array of consolidated elements and provisions contained in relevant international legal instruments and guidance documents that together establish the global framework for nuclear security.

The Kit includes a Model Law and a useful description of the process for developing nuclear security legislation. The Model Law includes:

  • an overview (objective, scope and a description of the Model Law’s sections);
  • definitions;

as well as provisions for

  • national regulation of nuclear security, including the establishment of a competent authority;
  • physical protection and security of nuclear and other radioactive material and nuclear facilities;
  • security of radioactive sources;
  • notification of incidents;
  • transport, import, export and transit of nuclear material and radioactive sources;
  • offences and penalties;
  • jurisdiction; and
  • criminal proceedings and international co-operation.

Questions about the Kit should be directed to the Directorate of International Security and Disarmament Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Indonesia, or to VERTIC’s Acting Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence. States interested in requesting an analysis of their legislation for national implementation of the international nuclear security legal instruments should contact Scott Spence or view VERTIC’s NIM Programme pages.

 

Last changed: May 08 2014 at 9:08 AM

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