Nuclear Security in Ukraine – Information, Experience Exchange and Coordination

The international meeting “Nuclear Security in Ukraine – Information, Experience Exchange and Coordination” was held on-line on 16-17 November under the leadership of co-chair of the Information Exchange Initiative Natalia Klos and representative of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) Zlatan Delalic, within the Global Partnership against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction”.

The event objective is to contribute to identification of priorities, coordination and implementation of nuclear and radiation safety projects in Ukraine. An important aspect considered by participants is to analyze the issues and barriers arisen due to the COVID-19 pandemic, and to find ways to effectively implement projects under these unprecedented conditions.

The meeting is attended by Deputy Minister of Internal Affairs of Ukraine Mary Akopian, representatives of IAEA, US Department of State, US Department of Energy, GRS (Germany), SNRIU, SSTC NRS, SAUEZM, State Border Guard and other organizations. related to nuclear and radiation safety in Ukraine and in the world.

During the meeting, reports were presented on challenging and important issues, in which international interaction plays a decisive role. Thus, in particular, Francesco Miorin from the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) notes in his report that the issue of nuclear security in the Black Sea region is of paramount importance due to the armed aggression of the Russian Federation and the occupation of Crimea.

The presentation of Margarita Kalinina-Pohl (James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies, Middlebury Institute of International Studies) was devoted to the development of nuclear security potential, nuclear nonproliferation and formation of a professional network in Ukraine and the Black Sea region.
The participants of the event also consider interaction in the management of radioactive waste, Chornobyl exclusion zone facilities, etc. Some issues concern public relations and informing the public on NRS issues. In particular, SSTC NRS Press Secretary Tetiana Verbytska will present the report on the Uatom.org website dedicated to nuclear and radiation safety and nuclear non-proliferation. Its development and support is implemented with the participation of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM) within the Agreement between the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine and the Government of the Kingdom of Sweden on general conditions for technical and financial cooperation and SNRIU on cooperation in the area of nuclear safety and radiation protection.

The list of topics of the reports presented at the event and related to cooperation within the Global Partnership is not limited to the mentioned above. It is very important that the speakers not only consider the current state of affairs, but also determine the prospects for further partnership development.