More than 50 heads of state will address the threat of nuclear terrorism at the third Nuclear Safety Summit on 24-25 Mar 2014 at The Hague.
The aims of this third and two previous summits -- Washington in 2010 and Seoul in 2014 - boil down to preventing nuclear materials falling into the wrong hands by strengthening legal and regulatory protections worldwide. The quest has become urgent.
In recent years terrorists have demonstrated an unparalleled ability to cause massive destruction, and with weapons-grade fissile material they could diminish life and commerce on a vast scale. At the first International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) meeting at ministerial level to address nuclear security, held in Vienna in Jun 2013, 120 states adopted a declaration warning that more progress must be made to improve nuclear security globally. The March Hague summit will look for ways to reduce the amount of nuclear material and number of radioactive sources; enhance security; tackle smuggling of nuclear material; and improve international cooperation.
Date written/update: 2013-11-20