Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction
Terrorists are actively seeking radiological and nuclear weapons and materials to commit acts of nuclear terrorism. Since the early 1990s, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has received reports of over confirming 3000 security incidents with nuclear and radiological materials.
A single act of nuclear or radiological terrorism would have catastrophic humanitarian, political, environmental and economic consequences on a global scale.
Terrorists are known to be actively seeking weapons and materials for use in a radiological or nuclear terrorist attack. Since the early 1990s, the IAEA has received voluntary reporting from its Member States confirming over 3000 incidents with nuclear and radiological materials. This includes over 450 incidents of smuggling or unauthorized possession, and over 700 incidents involving theft or loss of such material.
It is a crucial undertaking to secure radiological and nuclear materials worldwide but the capacity to prevent trafficking of radiological and nuclear materials remains inadequate. Futhermore, new and increasingly sophisticated threats are emerging, such as cyber threats to nuclear facilities.
The Nuclear and Radiological Working Group (NRSWG) is an informal working group guided by the following principles:
The NRSWG is using a virtual platform to support both real time and asynchronistic meetings/dialogues and facilitate collaboration between NRSWG members. Please visit the main page of the portal to request access. NRSWG partners also support the Information Sharing Initiative on Nuclear and Radiological Security projects in Ukraine as outlined in the Cooperative Framework agreed in October 2018.