Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT)

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Overview

The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) is a voluntary international partnership of 88 nations and five international organizations that are committed to strengthening global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism. The GICNT works toward this goal by conducting multilateral activities that strengthen the plans, policies, procedures, and interoperability of partner nations.

All partner nations have voluntarily committed to implementing the GICNT Statement of Principles (SOP), a set of broad nuclear security goals encompassing a range of deterrence, prevention, detection, and response objectives. The eight principles contained within the SOP aim to develop partnership capacity to combat nuclear terrorism, consistent with national legal authorities and obligations as well as relevant international legal frameworks such as the Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material, and United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1540.

The United States and Russia serve as Co-Chairs of the GICNT, while Finland leads the Implementation and Assessment Group (IAG) under the guidance of the Co-Chairs. To date, the GICNT has conducted over 90 multilateral activities and ten senior-level meetings. The GICNT is open to nations that share in its common goals and are actively committed to combating nuclear terrorism on a determined and systematic basis.

Objectives

Integrate

Integrate collective capabilities and resources to strengthen the overall global architecture to combat nuclear terrorism

Experience

Bring together experience and expertise from the nonproliferation, counterproliferation and counterterrorism disciplines

Opportunity

Provide the opportunity for nations to share information and expertise in a voluntary, non-binding framework

Structure

The Implementation and Assessment Group (IAG), chaired by Finland, is charged with implementing priorities identified by the Plenary and ensuring GICNT activities are coordinated and complementary to other international efforts. The IAG is currently focused on developing and executing a flexible work program that produces practical results for the GICNT through three working groups.

Products and Activities

Raise Awareness

Facilitate Education & Information Sharing

Encourage Dialogue & Identify Best Practices

Adopt Best Practices Among Partners