The International Conference on Nuclear Security is held triennially. This year, the theme is “Commitments and Actions”, and I led a delegation of 10 to Vienna, Austria, where the secretariat International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is based.
IAEA was set up as the world’s “Atoms for Peace” organisation, comprising of 167 Member States including Malaysia as of December 2015. It promotes safe, secure and peaceful nuclear technologies.
Among the Malaysian delegation were four from the Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the IAEA in Vienna, four from the Atomic Energy Licensing Board or Lembaga Lesen Tenaga Atom, one from Nuclear Malaysia and myself. The Atomic Energy Licensing Board and Nuclear Malaysia are agencies under the purview of MOSTI.
The conference was held from 5th to 9th December. However I had to leave on the 6th for the Malaysia Commercialisation Year Summit on the 8th.
Others were Malaysian officials who are selected and sponsored by IAEA to deliver technical papers in the Scientific and Technical Programme, after the Ministerial Session ended today. The officers are from Atomic Energy Licensing Board and Malaysian Nuclear Agency, Royal Malaysia Police, Royal Malaysian Customs Department, National Security Council, Ministry of Health, University Kebangsaan Malaysia and Universiti Tenaga Nasional.
We are concerned about threats to nuclear security and therefore have to take active steps to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radioactive material.
In my statement I reiterated that Malaysia would join the collective commitment to strengthen nuclear security worldwide, as we are undertaking measures to acede to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material.
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