World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS)

Improving nuclear security worldwide

Challenge

Before 2008, no international organization existed to share best practices and information on nuclear security.

Action

In collaboration with the IAEA, the U.S. Department of Energy, and the Institute of Nuclear Materials Management, the Nuclear Threat Initiative launched the World Institute for Nuclear Security in 2008.

Results

WINS has brought together more than 2,500 members from more than 110 countries to share best practices for nuclear security in an effort 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.

Twenty-four countries have weapons-usable 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.

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WINS is Launched in Vienna

NTI launches a first-of-its-kind organization to strengthen the physical protection and security of nuclear and radioactive materials and facilities worldwide.

WINS Launch

Vienna, Austria
NTI launched a first-of-its-kind organization to strengthen the physical protection and security of nuclear and radioactive materials and facilities worldwide.