Press Release

01 July 2013

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane arrives in Vienna to participate in the International Conference on Nuclear Security

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane has arrived in Vienna, Austria, where she is leading a South African delegation to the International Conference on Nuclear Security, organised by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). The conference, scheduled for 1-3 July 2013, is taking place at the IAEA headquarters in Vienna, Austria.

This Ministerial Conference is expected to adopt a Declaration emphasising that whilst the responsibility for Nuclear Security rests entirely with individual Member States, the IAEA plays a central role in strengthening the nuclear security framework globally and in leading coordination of international activities in the field of nuclear security.

South Africa commends the IAEA for the assistance it has provided for our nuclear security efforts.  South Africa is the only African country that operates a nuclear power plant, Koeberg.  The IAEA supports South Africa to maintain a high level of security of its nuclear facilities, nuclear and radioactive materials.

Global nuclear security cannot be strengthened as long as nuclear weapons exists.  Therefore, progress in the area of nuclear disarmament is crucial.

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane is expected to hold bilateral discussions with Mr Yukiya Amano, Director General of the IAEA; Dr Lassina Zerbo, Executive Secretary-elect of the Comprehensive Test-Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO); Mr Li Yong, Director General of the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) and Dr Kandeh Yumkella Special Representative of the UN Secretary-General and Chief Executive of Sustainable Energy for All (E4ALL)

For further information, please contact Mr. Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, on 082 884 5974

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