Co-Founder, Co-Chair, and Strategic Advisor
"I applaud the South Korean government for hosting the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit, and I commend President Obama for spearheading this innovative approach to reducing nuclear dangers and for his strong leadership on these issues over the last two years.
"The greatest threat we face in the world is the threat of nuclear terrorism, and the best way to protect against that threat is to secure nuclear material wherever it exists and to get rid of as much material as possible. The sustained engagement of heads of state is essential for making progress on nuclear security, and that is why this Summit is enormously important.
"Summits are an ideal forum for initiating a dialogue on priorities and building a common framework for action. Steps that individual countries have taken or have agreed to take are making a difference to our global security. However, as we move forward, governments must remain engaged by:
"I was particularly pleased to see leaders from industry and the expert community come together before the Summit in support of a comprehensive approach to securing nuclear materials worldwide. We are in a race between cooperation and catastrophe, and to win this race, we must build a global consensus among partners from government, the nuclear industry, experts, NGOs and the public."
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The panel brought together 200 leaders and representatives of the nuclear industry to discuss the role of the private sector in meeting nuclear security objectives.
Shultz, Perry, Kissinger and Nunn called for urgent attention on the nuclear threat and outlined key areas for President Obama and world leaders to address.
NTI believes that nuclear terrorism remains the greatest threat to global security and welcomes the Summit to address this threat as a global challenge.