The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) organized the third International Conference on Nuclear Security: Sustaining and Strengthening Efforts (ICONS 2020) — at its headquarters in Vienna, Austria, from 10 to 14 February 2020.
The Conference featured:
- A ministerial segment during which ministers delivered national statements and adopt a Ministerial Declaration; and
- A scientific and technical programme comprising high-level policy discussions on the overall themes central to nuclear security and parallel technical sessions on related specialized scientific and technical, legal and regulatory issues.
The previous conference, held in 2016, attracted over 2000 participants, including 47 government ministers, from 139 Member States and 29 intergovernmental and non-governmental organizations.
Purpose and Objectives
The conference provided a forum for ministers, policymakers, senior officials and nuclear security experts to formulate and exchange views on experiences and achievements, current approaches, future directions and priorities for nuclear security.
The main objectives of the conference were:
- Raise awareness to maintain and further strengthen national nuclear security regimes as well as international cooperation in strengthening nuclear security globally;
- Review the current status of nuclear security efforts, existing approaches and trends, and highlight areas that may need more focused attention including technological dimensions;
- Promote IAEA nuclear security guidance and other international guidelines, and their use by States;
- Promote the sharing of information and good practices in nuclear security whilst protecting sensitive information;
- Reaffirm and support the central role of the IAEA in strengthening the nuclear security framework globally and in leading the coordination of international activities in the field of nuclear security, whilst avoiding duplication and overlap;
- Highlight and promote the IAEA’s efforts and programmes on the nuclear security relevant instruments of the IAEA and the United Nations; and
- Discuss further enhancements of IAEA nuclear security activities and their sustainability.
Lithuania also contributed to the ICONS 2020:
- On the first day, the official statement of Minister of Energy was delivered. Lithuania reaffirmed its commitment to strengthen and sustain its nuclear security regime to support relevant international initiatives;
- Head of Nuclear Security Centre of Excellence (NSCOE) Aleksejus Livsic drafted a paper “A new horizon for the NSSC Network: good practices in taking a systematic and sustainable approach to cooperation in nuclear security“ for ICONS 2020 scientific program. The work was presented during the specialised session “Role of the Nuclear security support centres in sustaining nuclear security”.
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