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64th IAEA General Conference

21 – 25 September 2020, Vienna International Centre, Vienna


NuSec Talks: Security through Law

Provisional agenda →

Watch the video →

The Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) and its Amendment are the only international legally binding undertakings in the area of physical protection of nuclear material and nuclear facilities.

On the virtual sidelines of the 64th IAEA General Conference, the Division of Nuclear Security will launch the second NuSec Talks: Security through Law.  Building on the success of the inaugural NuSec Talks at the International Conference on Nuclear Security (ICONS 2020), NuSecTalks: Security through Law, brings together a dynamic group of speakers to discuss the importance of the CPPNM and its Amendment for combating nuclear security threats nationally, regionally, and globally.

Many countries use nuclear science and technology to meet their development objectives in areas including energy, human health, food production, industry, water management, and environmental protection. Sustainability of these benefits depends upon ensuring that material is used in a safe and secure way. However, despite the progress made around the world in securing nuclear and other radioactive material, countries continue to report incidents of theft, loss, illicit trafficking and other unauthorized activities involving the materials. 

The threat of nuclear and other radioactive material being used for intentional malicious acts transcends national borders. So would the consequences, if such events were to occur. While responsibility for nuclear security of a State rests entirely with the State, the relevant international legal instruments provide the framework and foundation for States to work together to enhance nuclear security nationally, regionally, and globally.

Please join us via video on 21 September at 10:00 a.m., Vienna, Austria Time (CET). The video will remain available at this link throughout the week.

Have any questions about this topic? Email us and experts will answer selected questions during this #IAEAGC event.

Provisional Agenda

Mr Rafael Mariano Grossi, Director General, IAEA

Threat Context: Global Trends
Mr Vladimir Voronkov, Under Secretary General for Counter Terrorism, United Nations Office of Counter-Terrorism

Nuclear Security Legal Frameworks: CPPNM and its Amendment
Ms Peri Lynne Johnson, Legal Adviser and Director of the Office of Legal Affairs, IAEA

Security through Law: On the Ground and In Action
Mr Charles Oko, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Nigeria to the International Organizations in Vienna

COVID-19 info

Arrangements for GC(64) in view of COVID-19 restrictions
Following a series of Member States' consultations conducted by the IAEA Secretariat on the arrangements for the 64th regular session of the General Conference, Member States have agreed on arrangements so that the General Conference can pursue its work in the current circumstances of the COVID-19 pandemic. The arrangements provide the framework for the conduct of the General Conference and are accessible here.


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