Vienna, Austria | International Conference on Nuclear Security: Enhancing Global Efforts
Thank you, Mr. President.
It has been a long week for us all, but a very successful one.
This Conference has been an important milestone for nuclear security. The Ministerial Statement, from an inclusive global forum, sends a strong message that nuclear security is recognized as a priority by Governments.
That political commitment is crucial to all of us in developing the policies, strategies and systems to strengthen nuclear security, nationally, regionally and globally.
The participation of representatives from 125 States, and 21 intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations, sends a very strong message that nuclear security is recognized as a worldwide priority in response to a global threat.
The central role of the IAEA in supporting States' efforts to strengthen nuclear security has been recognised.
Over the next few weeks, we in the Secretariat will draw upon the conclusions and recommendations of this Conference as we consult with our Member States to finalize our draft Nuclear Security Plan for 2014-2017.
The Plan will be considered by the Board of Governors and General Conference in September. It will guide the Agency's work for the next four years.
We will publish the Conference proceedings as soon as we can. In the meantime, the main outcomes of the Conference, as well as national statements from the Ministerial Sessions, and the presentations from the Main and Technical Sessions, will be available online.
Finally, I wish to thank His Excellency János Martonyi, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Hungary, for his leadership as Conference President.
I also thank both the Governor and Ambassador of Hungary, Pál Kovács and Bálazs Csuday, for filling in so ably for the President.
I am grateful to Ambassador Csuday and his fellow Coordinator Ambassador Laercio Vinhas of Brazil, for their sensitive and skilful handling of the negotiation of the Ministerial Declaration.
Last but not least, I warmly thank all of the speakers, session chairs, panellists, rapporteurs, poster presenters, exhibitors, every member of the staff of the IAEA involved in the Conference, and of course all of you, the participants, who all contributed to a really successful conference.