Zim calls for nuclear disarmament

“The GOVERNMENT says it is committed to contributing to nuclear security by supporting the role of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in strengthening global nuclear security,” said Minister of Energy and Energy Development Edgar Moyo.

Speaking at the current ministerial session of the International Conference on Nuclear Security under the theme Shaping the Future in Austria, Moyo said: “Zimbabwe reaffirms its commitment to contributing to global nuclear security and supports the central role of the IAEA in coordination of international activities in the field of nuclear safety.

“Zimbabwe fully supports the IAEA nuclear security plan and is implementing the Integrated Nuclear Security Sustainability Plan as a mechanism to strengthen the national nuclear security framework.”

Moyo reiterated calls for nuclear disarmament for global peace.

“In recent 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 for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, which underpin our commitment to global nuclear security and the defense of the highest levels of security for nuclear and radioactive materials,” he stated.

Moyo pledged Zimbabwe’s full commitment to international treaties and conventions related to nuclear security, saying: “Zimbabwe continues to call for greater regional collaboration to combat illicit trafficking in nuclear and other radioactive materials.

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“My country’s strategic position in the Sadc region allows us to play a more active and coordinating role as we push for the universalization of instruments for a safer world.”

He said the country had made progress in building sustainable national programs for the prevention, detection and response to nuclear security threats.

“These actions demonstrate Zimbabwe’s commitment to maintaining the highest levels of security for nuclear and radioactive materials. The country plans to strengthen compliance with these obligations through the Radiation Protection Amendment Bill, which will be presented to Parliament,” he stated.

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