Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT)

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Implementation and Assessment Group

The Implementation and Assessment Group (IAG), chaired by The Netherlands, 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:


The Nuclear Detection Working Group (NDWG), chaired by the United Kingdom,was established after the 2010 Plenary endorsed the topic as a priority functional area. The topic had been addressed in several prior GICNT activities, and the goal was to establish an ongoing body to address a coordinated plan of work. Its main focus is mapping, building, and enhancing National Detection Capabilities. Like the other working groups, the NDWG is product-oriented: it focuses on tangible outcomes and practical deliverables to raise awareness, transfer knowledge and experience, and provide practical guidance both for detection experts and those with other areas of responsibility (e.g. law enforcement, policy makers, local authorities, universities, and the private sector).

The objective of the NDWG is to support an effective and sustainable national nuclear detection architecture as a critical part of a nation’s efforts to deter, detect, and interdict nuclear and radioactive material that is out of regulatory control. In support of this objective, the NDWG focuses on:

  • Building and enhancing national detection capabilities,
  • Developing practical guidance for detection experts,
  • Promoting the transfer of knowledge and experience between detection experts and other key stakeholders,
  • Raising awareness of key detection challenges and mitigating strategies, and
  • Holding activities that promote partners’ practical implementation of nuclear detection best practices.

The Response and Mitigation Working Group (RMWG), chaired by Argentina, was established after the 2011 Plenary endorsed this topic as the third priority focus area. This working group will coordinate activities designed to produce best practices and recommendations for the response to a radiological/nuclear terrorist incident. Initial efforts will examine best practices related to crises when the potential threat exists to human life as a result of a radiological/nuclear terrorist threat or incident. The RMWG is currently led by Morocco.

The RMWG's objective is to support the ability to respond in an effective, timely, and coordinated manner to terrorist incidents involving nuclear or other radioactive materials as an essential element of a nuclear security framework. In support of this objective, the RMWG focuses on:

  • Examining best practices and techniques related to terrorist threats or incidents involving radiological/nuclear material,
  • Coordinating activities to promote information exchange among interdisciplinary groups of experts,
  • Producing appropriate response recommendations for inclusion in local, national, and regional response plans, and
  • Raising awareness about the unique response challenges posed by terrorist events involving radiological/nuclear material.

The Nuclear Forensics Working Group (NFWG) was established after the 2010 Plenary endorsed the topic as a priority focus area. The goal of the working group is to develop documents that raise awareness of nuclear forensics among policymakers, assist the development of core capabilities, foster intergovernmental relationships, conduct joint exercises, and share best practices. While conducting its work, the NFWG looks to collaborate with nuclear forensics efforts that are already underway by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the European Union, and the Nuclear Forensics International Technical Working Group (ITWG) in order to synchronize efforts and prevent duplication. This ensures endorsing nations are receiving new, vital information in developing and enhancing their nuclear forensics capabilities. The NFWG is currently led by Australia.

Effective nuclear forensic science enhances a state’s ability to assess and establish linkages between nuclear and radioactive material. NFWG's objective is to support efforts to stop and prosecute those who have attempted to transport, possess, or use it without legitimate state control. In support of this objective, the NFWG focuses on:

  • Developing guidance and activities,
  • Raising awareness of nuclear forensics among policymakers,
  • Assisting partners to develop and sustain core forensic capabilities,
  • Fostering intra- and intergovernmental relationships, and
  • Promoting exchange of best practices in nuclear forensics.