The Hague 3rd Nuclear Security Summit has been concluded today, Tuesday, 25 March 2014. Fifty-three (53) States and a number of concerned International Organizations and world leaders participated in this cosmopolitan event. The Saudi Delegation was headed by Dr. Hashim Abdullah Yamani, the President of the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, “KACARE”. The international gathering was the largest ever to be convened in the field of Nuclear Security, where cooperative measures worldwide devised to protect nuclear materials and installations from falling in the hands of terrorist groups have been addressed. Besides, a number of relevant issues and questions have also been deliberated, namely cooperative measures to curb risks posed by nuclear terrorism; protection of nuclear materials and relevant facilities and installations; prevention of illicit trafficking in nuclear materials; and, enhancement of confidence of the public in international protective systems.
This 3rd Participation on the Kingdom’s part in this type of Summits came in the aftermath of the 2nd Participation which took place in South Korea in 2012, and, before that, the 1st Participation in the US in 2010.
It would perhaps be appropriate to note that the King Abdullah City for Atomic and Renewable Energy, KACARE, was established pursuant of a Royal Order promulgated in 1431 with an aim of contributing to the Kingdom’s sustainable development, utilizing to the utmost those sciences, research and industries related to atomic and renewable energy for peaceful purposes. The overall objective has been, first and foremost, to raise the standard of living, and to improve the quality of life throughout the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Firmly determined to bring this noble objective to success, the City, within its jurisdiction and clearly
set parameters, has been most determiningly fostering and supporting scientific R&D projects and heavily involved in technological localization and, as well, identification and coordination of activities of scientific research centers and institutions in the Kingdom.
Furthermore, the City has most actively been participating in organizing local, regional and international conferences; setting schematic priorities and identifying national policies in relation to atomic and renewable energy, with a view to ultimately build a robust technological and scientific base in such areas as power generation, water desalination and medical, industrial, agricultural and mining domains, with particular attention being focused on the development of national scientific skills and qualifications.
In the meantime, KACARE is taking part in international forums with an aim to highlight the pivotal role the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is playing in the arena of nuclear energy.