IAEA: Marrakesh Hosts 3rd International Regulators Conference on Nuclear Security
It is the first time that such an event is held in an Arab and African country. The conference will address a wide range of issues related to nuclear security. It is an opportunity for the world’s senior regulators, security professionals and decision-makers to share experiences with a view to enhancing further national, regional and international nuclear security activities
The event seeks to strengthen international cooperation and foster capacity-building for nuclear security around the world in general and, in Africa, in particular.
The first international regulators conference on nuclear security was convened in 2012 by the US nuclear regulatory commission (NRC), while the 2nd conference was held in 2016 in Spain. Both of these conferences played an important role in establishing and deepening relationships between nuclear security regulatory bodies.
According to experts, the risk that nuclear or other radioactive material could be used for malicious acts remains real and is regarded as a serious threat to international peace and security.
The need of securing vulnerable material and associated facilities and activities from falling into the wrong hands continues to be a shared priority of all States and relevant International Organizations.
The responsibility for nuclear security rests entirely with each State, but international cooperation is vital in facilitating the peaceful and secure use of nuclear and radiological applications, and in enhancing global efforts to combat nuclear terrorism.