News Release Article from  Prime Minister's Office

PM reiterates Canada's commitment to nuclear security

The Hague, Netherlands
25 March 2014

Introduction

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced Canadian support to initiatives that will improve international nuclear security and address the threat posed by nuclear terrorism and weapons of mass destruction. The announcement was made on the margins of the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) in The Hague, Netherlands, from March 24 to 25, 2014.

Support through Canada's Global Partnership Program (GPP) will facilitate projects that will enhance the physical security of nuclear facilities and radioactive sources, and combat illicit trafficking in countries in Africa, the Americas, the Middle East, and Southeast Asia. Select projects will be delivered in partnership with the IAEA and the Canadian nuclear industry.

Delivering on a commitment made at the 2012 Nuclear Security Summit in Seoul, Republic of Korea, Prime Minister Harper also announced the ratification of two conventions that will improve nuclear security and address the threat posed by nuclear terrorism: the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials, and the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

Also announced was a joint commitment by Canada and Korea on the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540, which focuses on counter–proliferation efforts and enhancing the security of nuclear materials worldwide. To date, more than 30 countries have reaffirmed their shared commitment to concrete initiatives in support of the full and universal implementation of UNSCR 1540.

Finally, Prime Minister Harper announced that Canada will host an IAEA International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) mission by the end of 2015. IPPAS is a peer review mechanism involving expert examination of a country's nuclear security system.

Quick Facts

  • Canada is a leader in international efforts to combat nuclear terrorism, having invested millions on programming related to nuclear and radiological security since the 2012 NSS in Seoul, Korea.
  • Established in 2002, Canada's GPP is the main mechanism through which Canada supports international efforts to combat weapons of mass destruction (WMD) proliferation and terrorism.
  • At the 2012 NSS in Seoul, Korea, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced the renewal of Canada's GPP, building on past initiatives to enhance global WMD security.
  • Canada and Korea continue to be strong advocates for the full and universal implementation of UNSCR 1540. Canada's first report was submitted to the 1540 Committee in 2004, with subsequent reports submitted in 2006 and 2008. Canada also submitted a Summary Action Plan to the 1540 Committee in 2010, which outlines Canada's national and international efforts to implement UNSCR 1540.

Quotes

"Nuclear terrorism remains one of today's most significant global security challenges. Canada continues to be a leader in international efforts to enhance nuclear security, combat nuclear terrorism and prevent terrorist organizations from acquiring weapons of mass destruction and related materials and expertise."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

"A nuclear terror attack anywhere in the world would be a significant challenge to the maintenance of global peace and security, as well as to the protection of Canadian values, human dignity and free and open societies. As such, Canada is proud to be a leader in global efforts to address the very real threat posed by nuclear terrorism."

Prime Minister Stephen Harper

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