9 April 2010
Prime Minister Stephen Harper today announced that he will attend the Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, D.C. from April 12-13. The Summit will bring together representatives from 47 countries, including all G-8 and G-20 members. It will provide an opportunity for the representatives to discuss nuclear terrorism and the pressing need to further develop and implement internationally-coordinated efforts to enhance nuclear security worldwide.
"The Nuclear Security Summit will provide Canada with an opportunity to highlight Canadian leadership on nuclear security and its cooperation with the United States and other partners to ensure that all nuclear materials are secure so that they do not fall in the hands of terrorists," said the Prime Minister.
Canada’s objectives at the Summit are to:
• Underscore the seriousness of the nuclear terrorist threat.
• Encourage states to strengthen their national nuclear security measures to enhance physical protection measures applied to nuclear material and facilities.
• Increase international cooperation on nuclear security.
• Endorse and contribute to U.S. President Obama’s 4-year effort to secure all vulnerable nuclear material worldwide.
• Ensure the Summit supports broader non-proliferation and disarmament efforts.
"2010 is a landmark year for Canada and will continue to provide an opportunity for us to demonstrate international leadership on nuclear security and proliferation issues which have a prominent place on the G-8 agenda," said Prime Minister Harper. "Through our G-8 Presidency in 2010, Canada is in a position to play a leading role in implementing the delivery of the key outcomes of the Nuclear Security Summit."
Lawrence Cannon, Minister of Foreign Affairs, will accompany Prime Minister Harper to Washington. At the G-8 Foreign Ministers’ Meeting, hosted by Minister Cannon in Gatineau, Quebec, last week, ministers discussed nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament, terrorism and security vulnerabilities. These discussions resulted in a strengthened G-8 consensus and renewed impetus for addressing such challenges through future international collaboration.