VERTIC participates in the IAEA Nuclear Security Conference

VERTIC Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, and Legal Officer, Sonia Drobysz, participated in the IAEA Nuclear Security Conference during 1-5 July. The conference took place at IAEA Headquarters at the Vienna International Centre, with over 1300 registered participants from 125 countries and 21 intergovernmental and non-governmental organisations. 

The Ministerial Session took place all day Monday, 1 July, and during the morning of Tuesday, 2 July. It resulted in a Ministeral Declaration, which can be found here

This was followed for the remainder of the week by six substantive main sessions and 12 parallel technical sessions. The final agenda can be found here as well as the conference president's summary and IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano's closing remarks.

VERTIC was honoured to be mentioned by H.E. Mr. Hasan Kleib, Deputy Minister for Multilateral Affairs, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Indonesia, in his statement to the Ministerial Session on 1 July, in relation to our work on a National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security. Mr Kleib noted that:

"Indonesia, at the 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit, proposed to develop a single, user friendly 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on nuclear security'. This Kit is designed to serve as a one-stop illustrative comprehensive legal framework. The Kit could hopefully help countries who wish to have a single and comprehensive legislation that integrates the various relevant international provisions on nuclear security. The initiative is now underway and will be further discussed with interested states and other stakeholders. I wish to thank Member States, the IAEA and other international organizations, as well as VERTIC for their support. We expect that the Kit would be finalized before the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit".

VERTIC aims to finalize this Kit by 1 October, in time for a related meeting in Indonesia. 

In this vein, VERTIC was also encouraged by the sets of recommendations arising out of Main Session 8 on 5 July, "Addressing the Illicit Trafficking Threat", and, in particular, the following recommendation in the second set: “Provide assistance for states in harmonizing international law and guidance in an integrated national legislative and regulatory system”. VERTIC looks forward to engaging with the IAEA and other relevant stakeholders on this particular recommendation and draws attention to our report on this very matter: Illicit Trafficking of Nuclear and other Radioactive Material: The Legislative Response. This report provided the analytical underpinning for our development of the National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security noted above.

The IAEA press release for the Nuclear Security Conference can be found here. Questions regarding VERTIC's participation in the Nuclear Security Conference should be directed to Scott Spence.





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