The
3rd International Conference on Nuclear Security (ICONS) commenced on
 Monday 10 February 2020 at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)
HQ in Vienna from 10-14 February 2020.

The
conference started off with a ministerial segment whereby respective Ministers
committed to strengthening Nuclear Security amid concerns about global threats.

The
delegates adopted a Ministerial Declaration to enhance global nuclear security
and counter the threat of nuclear terrorism and other malicious acts. In the
declaration, IAEA Member States reaffirmed the common goals of nuclear
non-proliferation, nuclear disarmament and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy
and recognized that nuclear security contributes to international peace and
security.

The
Fijian delegation is attending the 3rd ICONS and headed by the Ambassador of
Fiji to Belgium Deo Saran and accompanied by senior Defence advisor Mr Joji W
Dumukuro of the Ministry of Defence and National Security.

The
delegation met with the Director Technical Cooperation of the Asia Pacific
bureau Ms Jane Gerardo Abaya and held bilateral talks in the peaceful use of
nuclear applications in Fiji and the Pacific.

IAEA
has affirmed its Sub Regional Approach towards Fiji and the Pacific and has
called for proposals for the 2022 – 2023 under its technical cooperation
programme. The scope of the programme covers various development sectors in
Nutrition, Health, Agriculture, Marine Environment and Radiation safety and
industrial applications.

Fiji
currently benefits from this technical cooperation assistance since 2016 in the
fields of agriculture and environment. With the view to expand the scope of
development assistance, IAEA has embarked on future assistance and member
States are encouraged to provide national priorities and needs in order to
access the technical programme.

IAEA
is keen to expand its membership in the Pacific and has sought Fiji’s
assistance in reaching out to the region to join the IAEA.

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