Amano recounts successes of nuclear security conference

Yukiya Amano, the director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency, labeled last week's international conference on nuclear safety a success which demonstrated that nuclear security is a priority for multiple governments.

Amano said on Thursday that a political commitment to nuclear safety is necessary to develop the systems, strategies and policies necessary to improve security on a national, regional and global level. He said that the participation of representatives from 125 states and 21 non-governmental and intergovernmental organizations sent the message that nuclear security is a worldwide priority.

Amano said the IAEA will use the recommendations from the conference to create the agency's Nuclear Security Plan for 2014-2017.

"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," Amano said. "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."

Amano said that the proceedings demonstrated the IAEA's central role in supporting the efforts of member states to strengthen nuclear security.