Uncertainty and Disputed Values: The Role of Non-State Actors in Global Nuclear Security
On 20 March 2014, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, in partnership with the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), will convene a roundtable of experts to explore issues related to the governance of nuclear security. This event will take place under the Nuclear Knowledge Summit (NKS) event series, an official side event to the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS).
Participants (by invitation-only) will address the influence of non-traditional stakeholders (civil society groups, scientists, industry experts, etc.) on decision making through the mobilization of particular perspectives on nuclear security.
Historically, the debate on the use and security of nuclear and radio-active materials has primarily focused on technical security issues and on formulating regulation to prevent the misuse of these materials. The debate does not, however, reflect on the way non-traditional stakeholders seek to influence the policy making process. In particular, how does new information enters the policy making process and how do policy makers deal with diverging facts and values and uncertainties in their decision making?
By identifying and addressing such questions, the Institute aims to advance ideas and policy recommendations to improve public campaigns and encourage more effective Track II diplomacy efforts. Our hope is to reach a mutual understanding of how best to develop evidence-based practices and elaborate collective priorities, with a view to improving public decision making and strengthening legitimacy.
The objective is to come up with recommendations relevant for all stakeholders in science, civil society, nuclear industry and government. The recommendations will be presented in a press event (13:30-14:00), followed by a policy brief that The Hague Institute will publish as a contribution to the policy debate on nuclear security.
For more information about this event, please visit: www.knowledgesummit.org. For the PDF file of the official program, click here. Accredited press can register with: Mr. Rens de Man (r.de.man@TheHagueInstitute.org), Researcher, The Hague Institute for Global Justice
Thursday 20 March 2014
The round table session is on invitation only. For further information, please contact Ms. Fabienne Smith, The Hague Institute for Global Justice, tel: +31 (0)70 30 28 130, email: F.Smith@TheHagueInstitute.org
Please note that the Chatham House rule applies. This event is on invitation-only basis. The key findings of this Roundtable will be presented in a public event (more information following soon).
Address and location of the Roundtable:
The Hague Institute for Global Justice
2514 JR The Hague
“International cooperation to enhance a worldwide nuclear security culture by the EU”
Contribution to the Nuclear Security Summit 2014
EU High Level Event on “International cooperation to enhance a worldwide nuclear security culture”
The European Commission and the European External Action Service are co-organising the EU High Level Event on “International Cooperation to enhance a worldwide nuclear security culture”.
The last Seoul Nuclear Security Summit in 2012 recognised the fundamental importance of investment in human capacity building in order to promote and sustain a strong nuclear security culture. The Summit encouraged States to share best practices and build national capabilities, and stressed the importance of regional and international cooperation, including outreach activities to external partners.
This is fully in line with EU strategies and policies implemented through its various instruments and programmes. The EU has developed a specific technical expertise in the field of nuclear safeguards and the combat of illicit trafficking of radioactive and nuclear materials, including nuclear forensics. It has also developed training programmes for Euratom and IAEA inspectors, for first responders, and in the area of emergency preparedness.
The EU’s technical expertise and training programmes support the implementation of the IAEA nuclear safeguards system outside the EU. They are also at the core of the EU’s own outreach activities in the field of nuclear safety and nuclear security, for example under the Instrument for Pre-accession, the Instrument for Nuclear Safety Cooperation, and the Instrument for Stability.
A good example of the EU’s outreach activities is the creation of the EU CBRN Centres of Excellences (CoE) that aim at implementing a coordinated strategy for CBRN risk mitigation. They are designed to use international networking capabilities to bring together CBRN experts with the aim of strengthening the culture of safety and security. The CoE initiative currently involves more than 40 partner countries. Projects contributing to the enhancement of nuclear security culture are thus implemented by the EU together with the partner countries in eight CBRN CoE established regions.
All these EU initiatives are carried out in close cooperation with key partners active in this field. An example is the work carried out in the framework of the G8 Global Partnership Programme, and at a technical level through the work of the Border Monitoring Working Group (BMWG) established between the EU, IAEA and the United States. Also, the EU is and will continue to be an important financial contributor to IAEA nuclear security activities. New initiatives with new partners are under consideration.
On the occasion of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014, the EU in cooperation with its partners intends to present the most important achievements of international cooperation for enhancing nuclear security culture and the way forward.
The EU invites all its partners to debate and share views on lessons learnt as well as on future initiatives and means to strengthen nuclear security culture worldwide.
The event will be organised just before the Nuclear Security Summit on 20 March 2014 in the close vicinity of the Amsterdam International Airport (Sheraton Amsterdam Airport Hotel).
The EU high level event is on invitation by the EU only.
Further information on the event can be obtained from Ms Natalia Nowińska: firstname.lastname@example.org
Joint Research Centre, European Commission.
Showcasing the preeminent challenges in the field of ‘Forensics in Nuclear Security’ at NFI
NFI and Forensics in Nuclear Security
Nuclear forensics was highlighted at the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) as an important tool for countering illicit nuclear trafficking. Governments committed to cooperating to further develop capabilities and as a result, the NFI was requested to contribute to the international programme Forensics in Nuclear Security. The purpose of this programme is to advance the cross-border cooperation in the fight against nuclear terrorism.
Experiencing a unique nuclear crime scene
In the run-up to the NSS2014 and during the Nuclear Knowledge Summit (NKS) the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI) and The Hague security Delta (HSD) organise a special event to pinpoint innovations in the field of nuclear security. The presentation of these innovations will be truly unique: at a fictive crime scene Dutch organisations will demonstrate the great value of cooperation combined with cutting-edge science in controlling nuclear incidents.
Showcasing the pre-eminent challenges in the field of ‘Forensics in Nuclear Security’
To keep controlling nuclear incidents effectively, the continuous innovation of research methods is vital. Therefore, the NFI has determined a ‘Forensics in Nuclear Security innovation pathway’ for the next five years. This pathway 2014-2019 will be presented by the NFI and HSD on March 20.
All participants of the NKS are cordially invited to take part in this NFI-HSD-event. Participation is for free, but registration in advance is obligatory.
You can register by selecting the appropriate box on our online registration-form, for which a link is provided in the invitation letter. After the event,
an organized bus will take the participants back the the Novotel in Amsterdam.
NFI Field Lab
Laan van Ypenburg 108
2497 GC The Hague
Ed van Zalen, programme manager CBRNe, the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI)
Jo Puts, senior project manager, the Netherlands Forensic Institute (NFI)
Showcasing the preeminent challenges in the field of ‘Forensics in Nuclear Security’ ” at NFI
organized by the Netherlands Forensic Institute, in cooperation with The Hague Security Delta partners,
at the NFI Field Lab, The Hague, The Netherlands, Thursday 20 March 2014
13.30 Registration, coffee and tea
14.00 Opening and Introductory remarks by the Chair, Kees Möhring, Director External Relations, NFI
14.10 Presenting Public Private Partnership triple helix collaboration in security by
Rob de Wijk, General Director, The Hague Security Delta
14.35 Implementing the The Hague Innovations Pathway for ‘Forensics in Nuclear Security’ 2014-2019 by
Ed van Zalen, Programme Manager CBRN, NFI
15.00 Introduction in RN-scenario with demonstration of state-of-the-art CBRN forensic investigation
15.15 Market Place featuring the contributions by The Hague Security Delta partners in the field of ‘Forensics in Nuclear Security’, in combination with walking coffee, tea or refreshments:
1. CBRN investigation on incident scene (NFI) (12-15min highly interactive demo)
2. Virtual incident management training (E-Semble) (12-15min highly interactive demo)
3. Detection innovations (TNO)
4. Big data analysis (Capgemini)
5. IT security (Fox-IT)
6. Life training methodologies (HotZone Solutions)
7. Nuclear timeline (HCSS)
8. Container scanning (Siemens)
9. Port security (Trigion)
16.45 Last questions, Wrap up and Final remarks by the Chair
17.00 End of Program
For the PDF version of the program, please click here.
Reception for all NKS participants, followed by a dinner for the speakers and other special invitees. Both the reception and the dinner will take place at the Rosarium.