Morocco for in-depth reflection on the future of the process of international conferences on nuclear security

Morocco for in-depth reflection on the future of the process of international conferences on nuclear security
Morocco for in-depth reflection on the future of the process of international conferences on nuclear security

Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at 5:14 p.m.

Vienna – The ambassador permanent representative of Morocco in Vienna, Azzeddine Farhane, pleaded, Tuesday, in favor of an in-depth reflection on the future of the process of international conferences on nuclear security.

“Morocco is proposing in-depth reflection on the future of the process of international conferences on nuclear security. We believe that there is no break in nuclear security, which remains a central theme that we, as Member States, should continue to prioritize in order to respond to new challenges and expectations linked to the use of nuclear energy for peaceful purposes,” he indicated, in an intervention on behalf of Morocco, on the occasion of the “International Conference on Nuclear Security: Shaping the Future” (ICONS 2024), which takes place from May 20 to 24 in Vienna.

Speaking at this conclave, organized at the initiative of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the diplomat noted that the identification of clear objectives and priorities for international conferences on nuclear security “will serve the visibility of this significant multilateral process in view of the next conference, which will be held in 2028”.

In the same vein, Mr. Farhane underlined the relevance of organizing a high-level segment on nuclear security under the leadership of the IAEA during the work of the United Nations General Assembly, as a framework inclusive to garner the unwavering support of Heads of State and Government for the Agency’s action to strengthen its international nuclear security regime.

Regarding Morocco’s contribution to strengthening nuclear security, the diplomat reiterated the Kingdom’s attachment, under the leadership of His Majesty King Mohammed VI, to the principles of South-South cooperation and African solidarity, as well as its commitment to continue its actions in favor of strong multilateral cooperation to promote peace and security.

Over the last decade, he said, Morocco’s contribution to international efforts aimed at strengthening the international nuclear security regime has been rich in its content, diversified in its methodology and multifaceted in its dynamics, which contribution emanates of the Kingdom’s constant commitment to disarmament and non-proliferation, as well as its deep conviction of the role of multilateral action in this area.

At the regional level, Morocco has been, in recent years, according to IAEA data, one of the main countries in Africa to offer training, workshops, teaching and to share its technical expertise with the whole of African Member States, continued Mr. Farhane, during this conference, which is being held for the fourth time after the 2013, 2016 and 2020 editions.

Morocco, he added, reaffirms the principle according to which the primary responsibility for nuclear security lies entirely with States, in accordance with their national obligations and their international commitments.

In his opinion, ICONS 2024 provides a “valuable opportunity to assess the progress made over the past decade, identify the needs of States to establish relevant objectives and priorities within the IAEA and consider solid foundations for shaping the future of nuclear security”.

According to the organizers, representatives from more than 130 countries are taking part in ICONS 2024, which covers several themes ranging from nuclear security regulations to nuclear security capacity building, according to the organizers.

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