Seminar on Nuclear Security in Kazakhstan

Title
Seminar on Nuclear Security in Kazakhstan
Date
September 26 and 27, 2012
Location
Kazakhstan (Astana)
Co-hosted by
KAEA (Atomic Energy Agency of Republic of Kazakhstan)
Number of Participants
18

Review

In conjunction with the Atomic Energy Agency of the Republic of Kazakhstan (KAEA), ISCN held a seminar on nuclear security. The event took place in Astana, Kazakhstan, on September 26 and 27, 2012.

The first day of the seminar started off with opening remarks from both organizations, followed by the first session of lectures, on the topic of the “Current Situation of Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Security.” The first part of Session 1 explained the status of global nuclear security in light of international laws and regimes, as well as the status of security in Kazakhstan, specifically. In the second part of Session 1, a Japanese lecturer introduced the current status of the Fukushima No. 1 nuclear power plant, the impact of the accident on Japan’s nuclear security, and the establishment of a new administrative body of the Cabinet of Japan.

Session 2 was entitled, “Nuclear Security Recommendations on Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities (INFCIRC/225/Revision 5).” This session discussed the background of the recommendations, the purpose of the framework for physical protection in each country, the elements of the framework, and measures against robbery and sabotage of nuclear materials during transportation.

Session 3 was held on the second day of the seminar. It began began with a lecture that described Kazakhstan’s response to INFCIRC/225/Revision 5. The following lecture then described Japan’s response.

In Session 4, a lecture from ISCN explained the activities of the Center regarding human-resource-development assistance. The cooperative relationships between ISCN and several countries were described, using Vietnam as a detailed example. This lecture was followed by discussions on the cooperative relationship between Kazakhstan and ISCN. KAEA showed a strong interest in cooperating with ISCN.

After the session was adjourned, ISCN assured KAEA of its cooperation in the following areas:

(1) Holding seminars in the field of nuclear nonproliferation and nuclear security,
(2) Accepting participants from Kazakhstan in the SSAC training course at ISCN
(3) Assisting the adjustment of the legal system in Kazakhstan
(4) Holding a training course on nuclear security in Kazakhstan and at ISCN in Japan