Regional Nuclear Safeguards Workshop for Caribbean States

Title: Regional Nuclear Safeguards Workshop for Caribbean States

Dates: August 21-25, 2017
Application deadline: July 28
Location: Miami, Florida

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Purpose: Promote awareness of the international non-proliferation regime including nuclear safeguards obligations.

Engagement Topic:
With over 190 States-Parties, the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) has served as the cornerstone of the international non-proliferation regime since it entered into force in 1970. Under the NPT, non-nuclear weapons states are required to conclude safeguards agreements with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to ensure that such countries are conducting nuclear activities only for peaceful purposes. This workshop will discuss NPT obligations, as well as IAEA safeguards obligations under Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements, Additional Protocols (AP), and Small Quantities Protocols (SQP). Information will be provided on the set of technical measures used by the IAEA to verify that nuclear materials are being used for exclusively peaceful purposes, as well as resources that are available to assist countries in meeting their IAEA safeguards obligations. This course is designed for countries that have little or no nuclear material because the international non-proliferation regime is strengthened when all countries fully participate.

Course Overview:
This five-day workshop for Caribbean states is focused on international nuclear safeguards:

  • Historical Development of the Nonproliferation System
  • International Safeguards System: Legislation and Regulation
  • Additional Protocol: Historical Significance, Goals, and Obligations
  • Small Quantities Protocol: Historical Significance, Goals, and Obligations
  • Reporting obligations associated with nuclear materials at locations outside facilities (e.g., hospitals, research centers)
  • Balancing AP and MSQP implementation among competing national priorities

Proposed invitees are the countries in the region that have not entered the Additional Protocol into force: Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago.

Applications:

  • The countries in the Caribbean who have not entered the Additional Protocol into force are invited to submit up to three nominees each. (Bahamas, Barbados, Dominica, Grenada, Guyana, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago)
  • DOE/NNSA requests nominations for up to three empowered decision makers with responsibility for implementing nuclear safeguards in your country.
  • In some countries, this will be a representative from the ministry of foreign affairs, particularly counties with very small amounts of nuclear material. This could be a representative from your ministry of energy or science and technology. In the event you have a nuclear or radiological regulatory authority, this would be an ideal entity to submit nominations for this workshop.
  • To ensure a broader, more integrated discussion, NNSA prefers participant teams to be comprised of multiple agencies or ministries, and requests that the invitation letter be sent to multiple entities in your country.
  • The course will be taught in English, so nominees should be proficient in written and spoken English.
  •  Apply here on the nonprolierationportal.com. Applicants will be selected and notified of their acceptance to the course by email in the early July timeframe.

Workshop Host:
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program (INSEP) engages partner countries at all stages of nuclear development to assist countries in meeting their international safeguards obligations to the IAEA. INSEP will sponsor the costs for travel and participation in the workshop.

Value of Nuclear Safeguards Engagement to the Caribbean:
Nuclear nonproliferation and arms control investments often compete with other national priorities, such as promoting economic growth and trade, countering the spread of disease, or combatting the illicit drug trade. Latin American and Caribbean countries have expressed support for nonproliferation and arms control principles and values through involvement in the Community of Latin American and Caribbean States and the nuclear weapons free zone codified under the Treaty of Tlateloco. Moreover, the IAEA is providing nuclear technologies and techniques to help the region combat the mosquito-borne Zika virus.

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If you have questions regarding this event, please contact Ruth Smith at ruth.smith@nnsa.doe.gov or +1 202 680 0741.