The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI), along with the World Institute for Nuclear Security (WINS), is holding a one-day workshop entitled “Radiological Security: Increasing Transparency and Voluntary Reporting” this week in Berlin.
The workshop serves as a key component to continued progress in radiological security after the fourth Nuclear Security Summit. The workshop features 39 experts representing 15 different countries from the private, public and academic sectors. Each expert will speak on critical gaps in the international security of radiological materials, which can be used to make dirty bombs. The workshop’s aim is to identify existing mechanisms to report achievements and challenges in securing such sensitive materials.
“NTI will work with WINS and others to examine how to improve the international framework for securing radiological sources, as well as increase voluntary reporting,” Andrew Bieniawski, vice president for material security minimization at NTI, said.
Both NTI and WINS will share key findings from the workshop at the “International Workshop on Nuclear Security Gift Basket – Enhancing Radiological Security” at an event in Berlin two days later. “Gift basket” refers to a state or international pledge made to improve nuclear security.
NTI works to prevent catastrophic attacks with weapons of mass destruction and disruption, including nuclear, biological, radiological, chemical and cyber attacks.