"Next week, more than 50 global leaders will gather in The Hague for the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit," writes NTI President Joan Rohlfing in a new op-ed for Project Syndicate. "This year’s conference marks the initiative’s third meeting since 2010, continuing a process that seeks to raise awareness about the threat of nuclear terrorism and catalyze much-needed action to secure the materials that terrorists would need to make a weapon."
Rohlfing calls for leaders to agree on the need for a global nuclear security system and offers four key principles to underpin such a system:
- The system should cover all weapons-useable materials, including nuclear materials used for military purposes.
- The system should employ international standards and best practices.
- All states should commit to measures that reassure other states that their security practices are sound, while protecting sensitive information.
- All states should commit to reducing – and, where possible, eliminating – their nuclear weapons-usable materials.
"As our leaders convene to discuss the issue, let us hold them accountable for achieving the goal of securing all weapons-usable nuclear materials before the summit process ends in 2016," she writes. "Until that happens, the threat of nuclear terrorism will persist."