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The Global Initiative To Combat Nuclear Terrorism
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The Global Initiative To Combat Nuclear Terrorism

July 15, 2006 - U.S. Russia Joint Statement, St. Petersburg

The Global Initiative To Combat Nuclear Terrorism U.S. President Bush and former Russian President Putin launched the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism on July 15, 2006 in St. Petersburg, Russia to expand and accelerate the development of partnership capabilities to prevent, detect, and respond to the global threat of nuclear terrorism.

On October 30-31, 2006, representatives from 13 governments met in Rabat, Morocco and reached agreement on a Statement of Principles, as well as a Terms of Reference for Implementation and Assessment. The International Atomic Energy Agency was invited to serve as an observer to the Initiative. In two short years, the Global Initiative has matured and garnered support from 75 partners, including all European Union members, and the EU as an observer.

The Global Initiative goals:

  • Bring together experience and expertise from the nonproliferation, counter proliferation, and counterterrorism disciplines.
  • Integrate collective capabilities and resources to strengthen the overall global architecture to combat nuclear terrorism.
  • Provide the opportunity for nations to share information and expertise in a legally non-binding environment.

By endorsing the Global Initiative To Combat Nuclear Terrorism, partners are providing their political support and commitment to strengthening and implementing the Statement of Principles. The Initiative is open to nations that share in its common goals and are actively committed to combating nuclear terrorism on a determined and systematic basis. Partners implement the Principles by conducting various multilateral activities, workshops, and table-top and field exercises.

Joint Statements

Remarks

  • Remarks by John C. Rood, Acting Under Secretary, International Security and Nonproliferation, at the Global Initiative Workshop on Model Nuclear Detection Guidelines, Washington, DC
  • Remarks by Patricia McNerney, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary, International Security and Nonproliferation, at The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism International Seminar on Response to Malicious Activities Involving Radioactive Materials, Rabat, Morocco
  • Remarks by Andrew Grant, Acting Director, Office of WMD Terrorism at the 2007 Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism Law Enforcement Conference

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