Nuclear Security Summit: Joint Statement on Nuclear Terrorism Preparedness and Resilience

Subscribed by Australia, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Morocco, Norway, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Spain, Sweden, Thailand, the United Kingdom and the United States, with the support of the United Nations and INTERPOL.

A nuclear terror event anywhere in the world would have devastating human, environmental, economic, and political consequences
. Building on the Summit’s nuclear terrorism prevention and nuclear and radiological material security accomplishments and efforts, we the Parties to this statement recognize the need for ensuring adequate nuclear emergency preparedness and response capabilities
. Such capabilities contribute to further reducing not only the risks posed by nuclear or radiological terrorism (hereafter, “nuclear terrorism”), but also the risks posed by other malicious activities or accidents involving nuclear or radiological materials and facilities.Ensuring preparedness in National capabilities to counter and respond to nuclear terror acts is a critical task for all Nations, as exemplified by the Scenario-Based Policy Discussions successfully completed by participating nations as part of the 2016 Summit

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. Nuclear terrorism preparedness requires a range of activities to establish,enhance, sustain, and exercise the capabilities necessary to counter and respond to nuclear terror incidents
. Nuclear terrorism response requires a range of technical, operational, and communications capabilities to provide coordination and resolution of the incident, as well as mitigating its consequences
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Consistent with the Nuclear Security Summit goal of reducing the threat posed by nuclear terrorism and furthering the 2014 Hague Summit Communique pledge to “maintain effective emergency preparedness, response, and mitigation capabilities,”we the parties to this statement recognize that ensuring adequate nuclear terrorism preparedness and response capabilities complements international nuclear security efforts. We also recognize that adequate nuclear terrorism preparedness and response capabilities contribute to strengthening the interface between nuclear safety and security, and serve as a potential deterrent to attack.

Read the full text on the website of the Nuclear Security Summit 2016.