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States are responsible for ensuring that an effective national nuclear security regime is in place, whereas operators are accountable for implementing nuclear security within their organisation. When countries embark into nuclear energy, establishing the nuclear security infrastructure for a nuclear power programme is a challenge that requires contributions from every national stakeholder. One fundamental pillar for establishing a sustainable and robust nuclear security infrastructure is the creation of adequate programmes for capacity building, including training infrastructure.
While the State has the main responsibility to build the capacity of organisations and people, it is critical to engender an effective relationship with international organisations to support States in this challenge. Moreover, the State may act as a catalyser to enhance the competences and capabilities of relevant stakeholders including operators, regulators and law enforcement organisations. It is important to encourage the widest range of stakeholders possible to develop their knowledge and competence regarding nuclear security.
In that regard, over the past few years, WINS has actively supported States and relevant stakeholders in nuclear security capacity building and professional development. WINS has developed and conducted activities for all stages of the nuclear fuel cycle. Ensuring effective nuclear security is a long-term effort that begins with the very first steps of a nuclear power programme; it requires persistence, competence and enormous personal commitment to overcome the inherent attitudes that lead to organisational complacency (the assumption that since nothing has happened, nothing will happen). In many ways, nuclear security needs a new approach that is inclusive, better at communicating, and focused on strategy and performance rather than on prescriptive rules. Security should be integrated with other areas – such as operations, safety and safeguards – from the design phase as well as continuously over the life of a facility.
WINS organised an online workshop on newcomers in June 2020 to review all security matters related to establishing the nuclear security programme for countries embarking into nuclear power. This online workshop was a continuation of the June event and focused on a more refined scope and select audience group. The event built upon the fundamentals in IAEA Nuclear Security Series No. 31-G: Building Capacity for Nuclear Security and explored some of the key findings identified at the online June event in greater depth. It focused on building capacity of nuclear security organisations and professionals in newcomer countries in order to implement and sustain a nuclear security programme that supports the necessary framework for a robust nuclear security infrastructure that is capable of anticipating security threats and risks for the operation of nuclear power plants. The event was designed for a selected group of delegates from the UAE, Bangladesh, Belarus, Turkey and other newcomer countries. It aimed to help the representatives of these countries develop a more structured and strategic approach towards security capacity building, helping to accelerate the maturity of their current strategies and programmes in order to achieve operational excellence.
The workshop discussed the following questions during the three live sessions:
Understanding capacity building for nuclear security - 07 December 2020, 11:00 AM (CET)
Education and training of various stakeholders – national perspectives - 09 December 2020, 11:00 AM (CET)
Implementing capacity building on newcomer countries - 14 December 2020, 11:00 AM (CET)
WINS welcomed participation from the following experts and organisations:
We encouraged applications from participants from newcomer countries such as Bangladesh, Belarus, UAE and Turkey. Seats for this event were limited in order to maximise interactions and live discussions. Participants from these newcomer countries were prioritised in the selection process.
This online workshop brought together international experts and leading thinkers including subject matter experts on building capacity for nuclear security in newcomer countries. The event followed a remote engagement approach in which the audience was challenged to identify and share best practices and lessons learned on this important topic.
WINS organised the online engagement as follows:
WINS provided participants the opportunity to interact amongst themselves and with the subject matter experts to exchange their thoughts and professional experiences on the topic.
All these various sessions were designed to accommodate IT constraints that participants may face.
All elements of this online workshop were conducted in English and drew only on unclassified information. Based on the various presentations and discussions, WINS will produce an event report highlighting the key findings of the event.
The event materials are available to WINS members on the WINS website.