Zim backs global nuclear security Minister Edgar Moyo

Herald Reporter

ZIMBABWE stands ready to play its part in strengthening global nuclear security and efforts that promote multilateralism, Energy and Power Development Minister Edgar Moyo, has said.

Over the years, Harare has ratified several international instruments and protocols showing its commitment to strengthening global nuclear security.

To that end, Minister Moyo said Zimbabwe continues to call for increased regional collaboration to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radio-active materials.

Speaking in Vienna, Austria yesterday where he is attending the International Conference on Nuclear Security running under the theme, “Shaping the Future,” the Minister said Zimbabwe re-affirms its commitment to contribute to global nuclear security and supports the central role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in the co-ordination of international activities in the field of nuclear security.

The IAEA has played a crucial role in strengthening the global nuclear security regime through promoting multilateralism. International cooperation in this area is important as it allows for a more inclusive, coordinated, and sustainable global nuclear security architecture for the common benefit and security of all,” said Minister   Moyo.

“Zimbabwe actively supports the IAEA Nuclear Security Plan, and is implementing the Integrated Nuclear Security Sustainability Plan (INSSP) as a mechanism to strengthen the national nuclear security framework.

“The last review in 2023 recorded significant achievements, particularly in building sustainable national programmes for prevention, detection, and response to nuclear security.”

He said Zimbabwe is fully aware of its obligations towards International Treaties and Conventions relating to nuclear security and the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540.

“Zimbabwe is a member state to the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons Treaty. My country continues to call for an increased pace towards nuclear disarmament. Over the past few years Zimbabwe has ratified and acceded to a number of international instruments including the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material as Amended and the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT) underlying our commitment to global nuclear security and upholding the highest levels of security for nuclear and radioactive materials. Implementation of obligations from these instruments have already been initiated and will be further strengthened through the Radiation Protection Amendment Bill set to be tabled in Parliament,” Minister Moyo said.

“Zimbabwe continues to call for increased regional collaboration to combat illicit trafficking of nuclear and other radio-active materials. The strategic position of my country in the SADC region allows us to play a more active and co-ordinating role as we push for the universalisation of the instruments for a more secure world.”

He said Zimbabwe appreciates the support from the IAEA in providing expert assistance and human resources capacity development.

“Within the current INSSP implementation cycle, Zimbabwe looks to upgrade the physical protection of high activity sources and facilities. In the same contest my country shall host an International Physical Protection Advisory Service (IPPAS) Mission in 2024”.

Minister Moyo said the theme of the conference, “Shaping the Future”, presents an opportunity for states to come together to advance the sustainability of their shared interests.

He commended the secretariat for its outstanding work and commitment to the cause of safe, secure and peaceful use of nuclear science and technology, and their contribution to international peace and security as well as to the attainment of the Sustainable Development Goals.

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