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The event on the theme, The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit

The Permanent Mission of Kazakhstan to the United Nations in New York held a very thought provoking event on the theme, The 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS): Seeking a Strengthened Global Nuclear Security Architecture on 26 February at the mission, co-organized with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. The meeting was organized in cooperation with the Missions of the United States, the U.K and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and was the first session of the 2016 cycle of the Nuclear Discussion Forum, which is now in its sixth year. The NDF is a discussion platform established in New York by the Mission of Kazakhstan to exchange views on the most pressing issues of nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation at the ambassadorial level of Heads of Mission to the United Nations, together with their experts and military advisers.
This event was a briefing on the forthcoming Nuclear Security Summit on 31 March – 1 April 2016 in Washington DC. It was attended by more than 70 United Nations Member and Observer States, as well as by the representatives of UNODA, IAEA, EU, African Union, OIC, Arab League, CARICOM, OAS, Interpol and a number of other international and regional organizations. Kazakhstan has made a significant contribution to the Nuclear Security Summit process with President Nursultan Nazarbayev actively participating in all three Summits – Washington 2010, Seoul (2012) and The Hague (2014). The objective of these Summits has been to strengthen the global nuclear security and combating nuclear terrorism.
Welcome addresses were delivered by H.E. Mr. Kim Won-soo, Under-Secretary-General and Acting UN High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, and H.E. Ambassador Kairat Abdrakhmanov, Permanent Representative of Kazakhstan to the UN. Further, presentations were made by representatives of the U.S., the UK and the IAEA as speakers. H.E. Scott Roecker, Director for Nuclear Threat Reduction on the U.S. National Security Council and sous-Sherpa for the Nuclear Security Summit, focused on the goals for the Summit, explaining the U.S. perspective related to the broader context in which the Summit is occurring, and possible post-Summit action. Mr. Christopher Hunter, Political Officer of the Permanent Mission of the United Kingdom to the UN, concentrated on NSS Action Plans, which will aim to better incorporate nuclear security into UN activities, with a specific focus on UN Security Council resolution 1540 and International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism. Ms. Tracy Brown, Acting Director, New York Office of the IAEA, speaking on behalf of its Director General, Mr. Yukiya Amano, highlighted the Agency’s objectives for nuclear security.
Speakers from the USA, the UK, the UN and the IAEA noted a significant contribution of Kazakhstan to ensure global and regional nuclear security and combating nuclear terrorism. It is one of the key issues that Kazakhstan considers of increasing importance on the current agenda of the Security Council, thus demonstrating to the international community the country’s commitment and seriousness to be engaged as a non-permanent member of the Security Council for 2017-18.