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Zimbabwe calls for nuclear disarmament

by Staff reporter
22 May 2024 at 10:09hrs | Views
Energy and Power Development Minister Edgar Moyo affirmed the government's dedication to enhancing nuclear security by endorsing the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in bolstering global nuclear security.

Addressing the ongoing ministerial Session of the International Conference on Nuclear Security in Austria under the theme "Shaping the Future," Moyo emphasized Zimbabwe's commitment to bolstering global nuclear security and supporting the IAEA's pivotal role in coordinating international efforts in this domain.

Moyo highlighted Zimbabwe's full backing of the IAEA's nuclear security plan and its implementation of the Integrated Nuclear Security Sustainability Plan as strategies to fortify the national nuclear security framework.

Reiterating the call for nuclear disarmament to foster global peace, Moyo underscored Zimbabwe's recent ratification and accession to various international instruments, including the Convention on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material as amended and the International Convention on the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.

Expressing Zimbabwe's unwavering commitment to international treaties and conventions on nuclear security, Moyo emphasized the need for enhanced regional collaboration to combat the illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive materials, leveraging Zimbabwe's strategic position in the Sadc region.

Moyo emphasized Zimbabwe's progress in establishing sustainable national programs for preventing, detecting, and responding to nuclear security threats, underscoring the nation's dedication to maintaining the highest levels of security for nuclear and radioactive materials.

Furthermore, Moyo outlined plans to strengthen the implementation of these commitments through the Radiation Protection Amendment Bill, slated for presentation to Parliament.

Source - newsday
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