NTI co-chairman and CEO former Senator Sam Nunn and NTI board member Senator Richard Lugar received the inaugural "Nunn-Lugar Award for Promoting Nuclear Security" today at the Peace Palace in The Hague. The award, presented jointly by the Carnegie Corporation of New York and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, will be presented every two years to people or organizations dedicated to advancing the cause of nuclear security.
Senators Nunn and Lugar introduced the Nunn-Lugar Act in 1991, which established the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program. Since 1991, the program has deactivated more than 7,500 nuclear warheads, safeguarded vulnerable nuclear materials in the former Soviet states, and helped to dismantle massive stockpiles of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons, among other notable achievements.
Carnegie Corporation president Vartan Gregorian called the Cooperative Threat Reduction Program "one of the most important pieces of legislation in the latter half of the 20th century." Upon receiving the award, Nunn said, "To be given an award for nuclear security from the Carnegie Corporation and the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, to receive it alongside my friend and partner Senator Richard Lugar, and to have the award named for the two of us, is a thrilling affirmation of much of my life’s work."
Read the story from the Associated Press.
Read the press release from the Carnegie Corporation of New York.