Nuclear Security Summit 2014
The Nuclear Security Summit 2014 (NSS) is in every respect a world summit, aimed at preventing nuclear terrorism around the globe. The Netherlands will be hosting the NSS in The Hague on 24 and 25 March 2014.
Small change, huge impact
Nuclear material has an important function. It heals the sick and lights our houses. Fortunately, the chances of terrorists using it to stage an attack are small. But if it did happen, the consequences would be devastating. That is why government agencies, businesses and scientists from all over the world are working together to reduce the amount of nuclear material available, better secure existing material and combat smuggling.
The NSS is essential to ensure global cooperation and prevent nuclear terrorism. It is an initiative of US President Barack Obama and was held for the first time in Washington DC in 2010. The second summit took place in Seoul in 2012. The Netherlands was then asked to organise the third summit in 2014.
Why the Netherlands?
The Netherlands is known throughout the world as a country of peace, justice and security. It is home, for example, to the Peace Palace and the International Court of Justice in The Hague, making it a fitting location for the NSS. We also consider the NSS imporant because the Port of Rotterdam and Amsterdam Airport Schiphol make the risk of nuclear material being smuggled across our borders higher. And we have nuclear companies in our country that require tight security.
By organising the NSS, we are doing our part to make the world a safer place.
For more information on the NSS 2014, visit the website of the Nuclear Security Summit 2014.