Media Statement

28 March 2016

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to lead a South African Delegation to the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington D.C.

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will lead a South African delegation to the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS 2016) to be held in Washington D.C, in the United States of America, from 31 March to 1 April 2016.

The Summit is convened as a follow-up to the previous Summits that were held in Washington in 2010, in Seoul in 2012 and in The Hague in 2014.

President Zuma led the South African delegation to the 2010 and 2012 Summits and Minister Nkoana-Mashabane led the South African delegation to the 2014 Summit.

Through the NSS process, participating world leaders forged a common approach to nuclear security to, inter alia, deal with the threat posed by nuclear terrorism.  They agreed on a set of commitments contained in the 2010 Washington Communiqué and Work Plan, the 2012 Seoul Communiqué and the 2014 Hague Communiqué in order to contribute towards a more secure nuclear world.  The outcomes of these Summits seek to strengthen the issue of nuclear security.

South Africa is committed to promoting a multilateral approach to nuclear security which upholds the centrality of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the United Nations, and which respects the international rule of law and the principles enshrined in the UN Charter.  It is envisaged that the 2016 Summit will mark a transition from a dedicated leader-level process to subsequent efforts within the relevant international organizations such as the IAEA.

Amongst the pertinent issues to be discussed during the Summit are the following: Nuclear Security Threat Perceptions, National Actions to enhance Nuclear Security, International and Institutional Actions to Strengthen Nuclear Security.

Enquiries: Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974


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