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Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism

Volume 496: debated on Monday 20 July 2009

To ask the Secretary of State for the Home Department what support the UK has undertaken to provide for the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT); where the secretariat of GICNT is based; and when the next meeting of participating parties will be. (287536)

I have been asked to reply.

The UK has held two Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) events with international partners to date. A nuclear smuggling workshop in September 2007 and a knowledge proliferation seminar in October 2008. The next UK GICNT event will take place in London in early 2010, when we will host a joint workshop with the US on the issue of detecting radiological materials.

In addition to hosting workshops, we regularly send UK experts to events hosted by partners to share information on a range of issues spanning the GICNT principles. Recent examples of this are: a workshop in Garmisch in May 2009, to design a nuclear detection framework document; a workshop in Rabat in June 2009 concerning the trafficking of dangerous materials; and a workshop in Canberra in July 2009 on consequence management.

The GICNT does not have a secretariat. The US and Russia are co-chairs, with the annual plenary and workshops held by partners on a voluntary basis. The last plenary was held in June 2009 in The Hague.

The next meeting of partners will be in the Netherlands on 24-26 November 2009 at a workshop to examine international co-operation and information sharing in a nuclear-radiological security event.