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Conference of the Parties to the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material 2022

28 March–1 April 2022, Vienna, Austria

Conference of the Parties to the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (A/CPPNM) 2022

The Conference of the Parties to the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (A/CPPNM), planned to take place from 28 March to 1 April 2022, will mark just over five years after entry into force of the Amendment, a major milestone in the development of the international legal framework for nuclear security. The Director General of the IAEA, as depositary, is pleased to convene this important Conference in accordance with Article 16.1 of the CPPNM as amended. Ambassador Benno Laggner of Switzerland and Ambassador Suleiman Dauda Umar of Nigeria have been designated as Co-Presidents for the Conference.

The CPPNM, as strengthened by the Amendment, provides a solid framework for protecting nuclear facilities, as well as nuclear material in domestic use, storage and transport, as well as in international transport. It harmonizes approaches to combatting criminal acts involving nuclear material and facilities. It also serves as a basis for international cooperation in locating and recovering stolen or smuggled nuclear material, as well as in the case of sabotage.

The purpose of the Conference is to review the implementation of the CPPNM as amended and its adequacy as concerns the preamble, the whole of the operative part and the annexes in the light of the then prevailing situation.

In preparation for the Conference, the Secretariat, on behalf of the Parties, convened two informal Open-Ended Meetings of Legal and Technical Experts in July and November 2019, as well as two sessions of the Preparatory Committee in December 2020 and February 2021, which undertook Conference preparations including with respect to draft Rules of Procedure and a draft annotated agenda.

NGO Participation

Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) may be represented at the Conference as observers, subject to the approval of the Parties, and participate as determined by the Parties. NGOs should inform the IAEA Secretariat by email) of their wish to be represented before 30 September 2021.

Side Events

Requests for side events during the Conference may be submitted by email to the IAEA Secretariat), for endorsement, using the dedicated request form. Completed forms should be submitted by 30 September 2021.

Further Resources and Relevant Information

Below a number of further resources and relevant information related to the Conference will be posted in due course.

"The Conference will provide an opportunity for the Parties to the Amendment and the CPPNM to underline their political commitment to nuclear security. It will also be an occasion to promote further universalization. I hope that we will have a substantive dialogue and exchange of best practices that will lead to more effective implementation."
-- Ambassador Benno Laggner, Switzerland’s Resident Representative to the IAEA and designated Co-President of the Conference

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