WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Nuclear Threat Initiative received the “Innovative Leadership Award” today at the Nuclear Industry Summit in Washington. NTI Co-Chairmen Sam Nunn and Ted Turner accepted the award on NTI’s behalf. In addition, the Government of Kazakhstan and Emory University were honored for contributions made in partnership with NTI.
In presenting the award to Nunn and Turner, NIS Chairman Marvin Fertel said, “From time to time, various organizations step up to create remarkable achievements. But this organization that we honor today has been remarkable from its beginnings in 2001.”
“When we founded NTI, we wanted to generate fresh thinking, implement pragmatic solutions and mobilize political will. We also wanted to work in partnership with governments, industry and experts from around the world,” said Nunn. “We are very grateful for this recognition.”
“NTI’s work over the last 15 years has made a difference to global security and to the future of our planet. I am proud that NTI is receiving this award along with other honorees who have been key partners,” said Turner.
Several NTI partners were also recognized for their leadership. The Government of Kazakhstan received the “International Leadership Award” for reducing nuclear dangers. In particular, Kazakhstan was recognized for hosting a new International Atomic Energy Agency bank of low-enriched uranium (LEU) that will enable and encourage peaceful uses of nuclear energy while reducing the risks of proliferation and catastrophic terrorism. NTI initiated this LEU bank in 2006, pledging $50 million in seed funding with Warren Buffett’s generous backing.
Emory University Hospital received the “Medical Innovation Award” for their efforts to help reduce radiological threats, a key focus of NTI’s work. Emory recently purchased an FDA-approved alternative technology that is commercially available to replace a blood irradiator that contains Cesium-137. The alternative technology cannot be used to make a dirty bomb and greatly reduces the public security risk.
“All of us in Georgia can be proud that Emory is leading the way on reducing risks. I would call that a win all the way around—and I encourage more hospitals and research centers to look into whether they can do the same,” said Nunn.
The Nuclear Threat Initiative works to protect our lives, livelihoods, environment, and quality of life now and for future generations from the growing risk of catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption (WMDD)—nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical, and cyber. Founded in 2001 by former U.S. Senator Sam Nunn and philanthropist Ted Turner, NTI is guided by a prestigious, international board of directors. Sam Nunn serves as chief executive officer; Des Browne is vice chairman; and Joan Rohlfing serves as president.