Washington, DC - Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins is leading the U.S. delegation to the annual meeting of the International Network for Nuclear Security Training and Support Centres (NSSC Network), held this year in Islamabad at the Pakistan Centre of Excellence (CoE) for Nuclear Security, from March 14 through March 18. Ambassador Jenkins serves as the chair of the NSSC Network. The aim of this annual meeting is to review the status of implementation of the NSSC Network.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Secretariat established the NSSC Network to encourage states to share lessons learned in their own individual CoEs with the international community. In order to coordinate current and future efforts of states or regions as they establish and maintain such centers, the IAEA organized a meeting that took place from January 31 through February 2, 2012, at which it agreed to launch a collaborative network. CoEs help strengthen the global nuclear architecture, a key goal of the Nuclear Security Summit process. This is the first time that the IAEA NSSC meeting is taking place outside of the IAEA in Vienna.