Radiological Security Progress Report

Raising awareness and urgency to reduce the threat of the use of dangerous isotopes

Challenge

The ingredients for a radiological dirty bomb are located at thousands of sites in more than 100 countries, many of them poorly secured and vulnerable to theft. 

Action

In consultation with an international panel of expert advisors, NTI assessed progress that the 23 states have made in meeting their commitments in accordance with the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit Joint Statement on Enhancing Radiological Security.

Results

The findings and recommendations of the NTI Radiological Security Progress Report will help raise awareness about the threat, develop a more effective system for securing radiological sources, and replace the use of dangerous isotopes, where feasible, for permanent threat reduction.

The NTI Radiological Security Progress Report reviews progress that the 23 states have made in meeting their commitments in accordance with the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) Joint Statement on Enhancing Radiological Security. Those commitments include a pledge to secure their Category 1 materials by the end of 2016 and to implement other commitments to improve radiological security.

Information for the report was primarily drawn from responses by the 23 states to an NTI questionnaire, 2014 NSS documents, the International Atomic Energy Agency’s (IAEA) Code of Conduct Technical and Review Meetings, Nuclear Security Summit National Progress Report Statements, and other IAEA reports.

In developing the NTI Radiological Security Progress Report, NTI convened an international panel of advisors to review and provide input to validate the Radiological Security Progress Report methodology. This group of 12 highly respected nuclear and radiological security experts advised NTI on the framework for producing a radiological report, an agreed set of key performance indicators that were used to develop a self-assessment questionnaire, and the rating system. Input from the panel was instrumental in ensuring that the Radiological Security Progress Report has an international point of view and reflects the ongoing international discussion on radiological security priorities.

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Workshop on Radiological Security: Increasing Transparency and Voluntary Reporting

Novotel Berlin Mitte, Berlin, Germany
WINS and the Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) are pleased to announce a one-day workshop on Radiological Security: Increasing Transparency and Voluntary Reporting. The workshop will take place at the Novotel Berlin Mitte on September 12, 2016, in Berlin, Germany, in preparation for and on the margins of the International Workshop on Nuclear Security Gift Basket - Enhancing Radiological Security (September, 13- 15, 2016, also in Berlin).

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