The Fissile Materials Working Group (FMWG) is proud to host the 2016 nongovernmental nuclear security summit, Solutions for a Secure Nuclear Future. The invitation-only event is the official NGO side summit to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit and will draw 200 nuclear security experts from nearly 50 countries to Washington, D.C. It will highlight the importance of minimizing and eliminating weapons-usable materials, achieving a comprehensive nuclear security regime, and establishing sustainable nuclear security governance.
The conference will feature top nuclear security experts, who will analyze progress and what security gaps remain during the day and a half event. It begins on March 30 with expert panels, debates, and breakout sessions which are open to journalists. For day two of the event on March 31, the FMWG has teamed up with the organizers of the Nuclear Industry Summit to offer a joint session on the future of nuclear security. These panels will feature expert and industry speakers and showcase cooperation on the shared priority of making nuclear materials and facilities as safe and secure as possible.
Read the Statement of the Organizers.
Solutions for a Secure Nuclear Future is taking place immediately before 53 world leaders convene in Washington for the governmental 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS). It is the fourth in a series of heads-of-state summits designed to minimize the threat of nuclear terrorism through responsible national actions and sustained international cooperation. As it is the final summit of the series, its outcomes are critical to the future of the global nuclear security system.
The NSS process was first announced by U.S. President Barack Obama during a 2009 speech in Prague in which he envisioned an international effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear materials in four years. This goal was adopted by world leaders who attended the first NSS, which was held in Washington in April 2010. The Republic of Korea hosted a second NSS in Seoul in March 2012, and in March 2014, the Netherlands hosted a third NSS in The Hague. While the four year goal ended in 2014, a final summit is planned for Washington, D.C. on March 31-April 1, 2016.
Around each summit, the nongovernmental community and nuclear industry have convened side summits for their respective sectors. These events are important for demonstrating the role that each stakeholder community has in strengthening global nuclear security and ensuring the continuous improvement of national and international measures to prevent nuclear terrorism. For the first time ever, the nuclear industry and nongovernmental communities will merge their summits on day two for a joint session to discuss how they can work together to advance nuclear security 2016.
The FMWG is a coalition of 80 civil society organizations from around the world working to provide actionable policy solutions to keep the world safe from nuclear terrorism. For more details, please visit the FMWGâ€™s website.