U.S. Policy Update for Friday,01 April 2016

The 2016 Summit (31 March – 01 April ) brings together more than 50 countries and international organizations to continue discussions on the evolving threat and highlight steps that can be taken together to deter, detect, and disrupt attempts at nuclear terrorism.

 

2016 Nuclear Security Summit

The 2016 Summit website is at NSS2016.org

31 March 2016 United States National Progress Report – 2016 Nuclear Security Summit  Since the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit, the United States has strengthened nuclear security implementation and built up the global nuclear security architecture by:

  • Strengthening Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material Security
  • Minimizing Nuclear and other Radioactive Materials
  • Countering Nuclear Smuggling
  • Supporting Multilateral Instruments
  • Collaborating with International Organizations
  • Partnering with External Stakeholders

New Fact Sheets from the White House

01 April 2016  Focus on North Korea, Islamic State at Obama Nuclear Summit  (VOA News)    U.S. President Barack Obama will speak Friday at the end of the second and final day of the nuclear security summit in Washington attended by world leaders.  The U.S. leader said Thursday that in the wake of attacks in places including Brussels, there is “not only great urgency around the nuclear issue, but eliminating generally the scourge of terrorism.”
Obama’s fourth and final nuclear summit has come at a time of heightened concern about the possibility that Islamic State militants could set off radioactive bombs, and also about North Korea’s nuclear weapons development.

31 March 2016 Secretary Kerry’s Remarks at a Working Dinner with Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit   “Since 2009, through various lines of effort, we have removed or eliminated enough weapons-grade fissionable material to supply nearly 7,000 nuclear bombs.   And through the work surrounding these summits, we have strengthened the international organizations, the institutions, the legal instruments that make up the global nuclear security architecture.
The bottom line is that we are focused on the nuclear threat and systemically committed to countering it.”

30 March  2016 White House Press Call Previewing the Nuclear Security Summit

 

Peaceful Uses of the Atom

30 March 2016 The tiny atom delivers big benefits in unexpected ways The word “nuclear” can trigger fear, but it should inspire so much more. Peaceful nuclear technology has been powering people’s lives since the dawn of the nuclear age more than half a century ago.
Nuclear power plants provide reliable electricity in 30 countries, thanks in part to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), which set a framework for increasing access to peaceful uses of nuclear energy.
In the 45 years since the NPT came into force, cooperation on peaceful nuclear energy has grown tremendously. Under Article IV of the treaty, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) helps countries in compliance with their NPT obligations to adopt nuclear tools for a wide range of peaceful applications.

U.S. – EU Cooperation

31 March 2016 European Intel Sharing ‘Getting Better’ with US Push      Diplomats and law enforcement officials say European security agencies are sharing more information and intelligence — and doing it more quickly — thanks in part to help from the United States.

Belgium has come under intense criticism for not doing enough to prevent last week’s bombings by Islamic State (IS) terrorists at the Zaventem airport and a metro station that killed more than 30 people and wounded hundreds more. There is a sense that the attack may have been what some counterterror analysts described as a long overdue wakeup call for European security agencies.

“It’s getting better,” a Western diplomat told VOA on condition of anonymity, adding that there is still “a very high level of concern for new terror attacks.”

Recycling

A bulldozer moving trash around a landfill
Materials that would ordinarily be dumped in landfill have found new life thanks to the U.S. Materials Marketplace, which matches one business’s industrial waste with other businesses that can use it for profit.

01 April 2016 One Person’s Trash is Another Person’s Treasure    Materials that would ordinarily be dumped in landfill have found new life thanks to the U.S. Materials Marketplace, which matches one business’s industrial waste with other businesses that can use it for profit. The companies benefit from finding the resources they need and waste is reduced.

The U.S. Materials Marketplace is a cloud-based digital platform that scales up business-to-business materials to be reused across the U.S. Users post details about waste materials they have, or are looking for,  and work out mutually acceptable transactions. They can then reuse or ‘upcycle’.

The Marketplace is supported by the US Business Council for Sustainable Development, World Business Council for Sustainable Development, and the Corporate Eco Forum.