In the lead up to the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit in 2012, the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS published a paper reporting on the implementation of the national commitments pledged at the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit in Washington.

The 2013 edition of The Nuclear Security Summit: Progress Report, published by the Partnership for Global Security and the Arms Control Association and sponsored by the U.S.-Korea Institute at SAIS and  the Fissile Materials Working Group, provides a comprehensive overview of the progress states have made to improve nuclear security since the NSS process began in April 2010.

The 68-page report describes actions each of the 53 participating countries have pursued since the Nuclear Security summit process began. Highlights since 2012 include:

  • Australia, Hungary, Japan, and Vietnam announced pledges to return stockpiles of highly-enriched uranium (HEU) before the 2014 summit.
  • In April 2013, the Czech Republic became the 10th country to eliminate its entire HEU stockpile since the four year effort to secure vulnerable nuclear materials worldwide was articulated in April 2009.
  • 44 countries hosted nuclear security workshops, conferences, exercises, and centers. Several of these states are building long-term nuclear security training infrastructure by establishing centers of excellence, often in cooperation with the European Union, IAEA, or the United States.
  • 22 countries took steps to prevent the smuggling of illicit radioactive materials by enhancing transport security, expanding border controls, and developing new detection and monitoring technologies.

The report also tracks commitments made by states to minimize their use of HEU by 2013 and to approve the 2005 amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (CPPNM) by 2014.

  • 18 of 22 NSS participants that possess at least a kilogram of HEU announced plans in Seoul or have taken actions since to minimize HEU usage, repatriate fuel, and convert reactors.
  • Since the summit process began in 2010, 18 NSS participants have ratified the 2005 amendment to the CPPNM, while 17 NSS participants still need to act. When in force, the amendment will extend protection requirements for nuclear materials to the domestic use, storage, and transport of nuclear materials and sets new legal consequences for misuse and sabotage.

Full text of the report is available here: (PDF). More USKI resources on the Nuclear Security Summit process are available here. Find more resources at PGS.