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World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS)

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Improving nuclear security worldwide

To ensure the security of nuclear materials and facilities, NTI launched WINS to instigate the sharing and implementation of best practices to reduce the amount of vulnerable nuclear material and to prevent nuclear terrorism.

Launched by NTI in 2008 as a first-of-its-kind organization, the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS) has brought together more than 800 members from more than 60 countries to share best practices for nuclear security in an effort to prevent nuclear terrorism. 

Former Senator Sam Nunn stated the imperative for the collaboration plainly: “Vulnerable nuclear material anywhere is a threat to everyone, everywhere.”

WINS brings together practitioners—nuclear security experts, nuclear industry leaders, governments, and international organizations—to provide an international forum for those accountable for nuclear security to share and promote the best security practices available to safeguard vulnerable materials.

Roughly 40 countries worldwide have nuclear materials and they are held with varying levels of security, but it is crucial that all nuclear materials are safe from attack, theft, or sabotage.  WINS’ focus is on the physical protection and security of radioactive materials and facilities worldwide and the rapid and sustainable improvement of security. 

The WINS headquarters is located in Vienna to ensure a close working relationship with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The WINS mission has been endorsed by international organizations and multinational gatherings and is supported by governments around the world.

the Nuclear Threat

Reducing the risk of nuclear use by terrorists and nation-states requires a broad set of complementary strategies targeted at reducing state reliance on nuclear weapons, stemming the demand for nuclear weapons and denying organizations or states access to the essential nuclear materials, technologies and know-how.

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