Threat Initiative (NTI) experts are headed to Vienna for the third International
Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) International Conference
on Nuclear Security
(ICONS), from February 10-14. Government ministers and experts from
international organizations, non-governmental organizations, academia, and
nuclear industry will gather to share progress, priorities, and approaches for strengthening
national and global nuclear and radiological security regimes.
On the first
day of ICONS, senior government officials and ministers will meet to share
their national experiences and issue a joint declaration outlining global
priorities for nuclear and radiological security and an agenda to guide the
IAEA’s work in these areas. During the remainder of the week, experts and
government officials will speak on panels and at side events on a variety of
nuclear and radiological security topics.
theme, “Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts,” will put the challenges of enhancing
political attention and international cooperation and collaboration at the
center of discussion. Earlier this month, Laura
Holgate, NTI’s Vice President of Materials Risk Management, appeared on a panel in Vienna with newly-elected
IAEA Director General Rafael Grossi to discuss
the upcoming ICONS. While Holgate applauded the progress made over the past few
decades, the discussion touched on how ICONS can further promote and gain
support for the IAEA’s nuclear security work.
For a preview of what to look for at the 2020 ICONS, check out Samantha Neakrease’s post in the Atomic Pulse here.
Papers and Presentations for ICONS
Holgate, Models for Impact: Civil Society Engagement in Support of
Nuclear Security, which explores ways that civil society can play an
important role in strengthening nuclear security around the world.
Iliopulos and Chris Boyd, Preventing a Dirty Bomb: Case Studies and
Lessons Learned, which offers solutions for securing and eliminating
the most dangerous types of radiological sources and shares case studies from
successful efforts at Emory University in Atlanta, across the University of
California system, and in New York City.
Neakrase, Strengthening Nuclear Security with a Sustainable CPPNM Regime,
which makes the case for robust, substantive, and regular review conferences
and provide options for procedural and substantive outcomes at the 2021 review
Dumbacher, and M. Nina Miller, Enhancing Global Cybersecurity
Capacity at Nuclear Facilities: The Cyber-Nuclear Forum, which provides
a summary of the Cyber-Nuclear
Forum, which NTI developed to strengthen protection of civilian nuclear
facilities from cyber-attacks.
Bufford, Voices of Nuclear Security, a new visual project
highlighting the people who work across the nuclear security sector and their
perspectives on nuclear security.
- Leon Ratz,
Lost in Translation: Addressing Semantic
Challenges in Nuclear Security Discourse Across Languages, which reviews
common problems and related consequences in translation of the term “nuclear
security” and related terms.
addition to their papers, NTI experts will be speaking on various panels and at
government or NGO-sponsored side events throughout the conference. Their full schedule can be found here.
See the papers for the Side Event on the CPNNM/A Review Conference, hosted by the Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG), below.
FMWG Side Event Papers
Voices of Nuclear Security
While at ICONS, NTI will
also be debuting Voices of Nuclear Security, a project made possible by the
Government of the Netherlands. Voices of Nuclear Security highlights the
experiences of nuclear security professionals as part of a broad effort to humanize nuclear security by highlighting the experiences of people working in the industry. For more, follow @NuclearVoices on Facebook and Instagram and use #NuclearVoices.