Workshop Implementing Comprehensive Safeguards Agreements and Additional Protocols
Dates: September 25-29, 2017
Application Deadline: August 30, 2017
Location: Santiago, Chile
Purpose: Promote awareness of international nuclear safeguards and non-proliferation regimes.
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.
This five-day workshop is focused on promoting implementation of the AP and modification of existing SQPs. Topics to be discussed include:
- 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
- Countries in the region that have not entered the Additional Protocol into force – Belize, Bolivia, Honduras, and Venezuela – are invited to submit up to three nominees each.
- Chile, as the Host, is invited to submit up to five nominees.
- 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, with some modules having a simultaneous translation into Spanish. Nominees should be proficient in either English or Spanish.
Apply here on the Nonproliferation Portal. Applications must be received before August 30, 2017. Applicants will be selected and notified of their acceptance to the course by email in the early August timeframe.
The U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) National Nuclear Security Administration’s (NNSA) International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program (INSEP) engages partner countries to assist in meeting their international safeguards obligations to the IAEA. INSEP will sponsor the costs for travel and participation in the workshop.
The Chile Nuclear Energy Commission (CCHEN) is the host in Santiago, and their organization will share their insights from experience implementing nuclear safeguards in Chile.
Value of Nuclear Safeguards Engagement to Latin America:
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 countries have expressed support for nonproliferation and arms control principles and values through involvement in the nuclear weapons free zone codified under the Treaty of Tlateloco.