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IAEA Conference to Focus on Strengthening Nuclear Security Globally (ICONS 2020)

ICONS 2020, Wien: Deutsche Delegation

ICONS 2020, Wien: Deutsche Delegation, © Ständige Vertretung

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Vienna, 10 to 14 February 2020: The third international conference on nuclear security is currently meeting in Vienna with around 1,600 participants from 130 member states of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Nuclear security aims to prevent unauthorized access to nuclear materials and plants - in contrast to nuclear safety, which deals with operational safety issues.

ICONS 2020, Wien
ICONS 2020, Wien© Ständige Vertetung

The conference will discuss, among other things, national legislative and regulatory frameworks, threat and risk assessments, insider threats and nuclear security culture, physical protection of nuclear and radioactive materials, combatting illicit trafficking, human resources development, and computer and information security.

ICONS 2020, Wien: Frau Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin im BMU
ICONS 2020, Wien: Frau Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin im BMU© Ständige Vertretung


IAEO-Generaldirektor Rafael Grossi, Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Botschafter Gerhard Küntzle, deutsche Delegation ICONS 2020, Wien
IAEO-Generaldirektor Rafael Grossi, Parlamentarische Staatssekretärin Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter, Botschafter Gerhard Küntzle, deutsche Delegation ICONS 2020, Wien© BMU

Germany is represented by a delegation from the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, the Federal Foreign Office, the Federal Office for Radiation Protection and the Gesellschaft für Reaktorsicherheit (GRS). The German delegation is headed by Parliamentary State Secretary Ms.Rita Schwarzelühr-Sutter  who also held talks with IAEA Director General Mr. Rafael Grossi.

In addition, Germany is co-hosting with the United States and France a side event on 'Strengthening the security of high activity radioactive sources'. Thomas Elsner, deputy director-general at the Federal Ministry for the Environment, Nature Conservation and Nuclear Safety, will be participating in the high-level panel on the topic of 'Internationally Legally and Non-Legally Binding Instruments for Nuclear Security'.

Further information is available here


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