For Immediate Release
Media Contacts: Michelle Cann, Senior Budget and Policy Analyst, PGS (+1 609 668-2930); Kelsey Davenport, Nonproliferation Analyst, ACA (+1-317-460-8806); Sarah Williams, Nuclear Policy Analyst, PGS, (+1 202-332-1412).
July 1, 2013: A new report released today by the Arms Control Association (ACA) and Partnership for Global Security (PGS), sponsored by the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and the Fissile Materials Working Group, finds that the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) process has catalyzed action to secure nuclear weapons-usable materials, but the largely nationally-focused efforts to date are inadequate, and leading governments must begin building the framework for a cohesive international nuclear security governance system.
In the lead up to the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit in 2012, USKI published a paper reporting on the implementation of the national commitments pledged at the 2010 NSS in Washington. The 2013 edition of The Nuclear Security Summit: Progress Report provides a comprehensive overview of the progress states have made to improve nuclear security since the NSS process began in April 2010.
“The 2010 Washington summit and the 2012 Seoul summit focused primarily on accelerating incremental efforts at the national level, rather than building consensus for bold new actions,” said Michelle Cann, senior budget and policy analyst at PGS and co-author the report.
“Ahead of the 2014 summit in The Netherlands, states must begin outlining a global strategy to address the structural deficiencies of the current nuclear security regime,” she added.
“Although all 53 participating countries have taken steps since the 2012 summit to strengthen nuclear security, the current system lacks universal reporting requirements and standards, making it difficult to assess the overall progress of the summit process,” said Kelsey Davenport, nonproliferation analyst for ACA and co-author of the report. read more …