Swedish Radiation Safety Authority hosts international meeting on nuclear and radiological security

Within the framework of the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, representatives gathered from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Ukraine for the purpose of conducting dialogue on international partnerships with Ukraine in the field of nuclear and radiological security. The Swedish Radiation Safety Authority recently arranged and hosted this meeting, held in Stockholm on 8 and 9 October.

In Ukraine, extensive international cooperation in the field of nuclear and radiological security is an ongoing focus. These efforts take place within the framework of the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. The Global Partnership was launched in 2002 on the initiative of Canada, with Sweden joining the Partnership in June 2003.

Attendees of the meeting, from the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Ukraine, gathered in Stockholm on 8 and 9 October for opportunities to exchange information and to allocate tangible projects between the member countries. Since 2017, these meetings are held annually for the purpose of establishing and refining international cooperation procedures, dealing with new challenges and exchanging experiences.

"The Global Partnership is a key forum for coordinating our work with the efforts of other countries," says Lars van Dassen, Director of the Office for International Relations, a part of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority. "This dialogue with regulatory authorities and institutes from Ukraine in connection with the meetings, plus the first-hand discussions with corresponding stakeholders from other countries, provide us with valuable input. In turn, this creates understanding about the needs, the focuses of future projects, and the coordination between donor countries and recipient countries."

"This year, SSM is running several projects in Ukraine, whose purposes include strengthening of the physical protection system at the Khmelnitsky nuclear power plant and delivering equipment and infrastructure for improved control over radioactive material. The work of all these projects is coordinated with our partnerships," concludes Zlatan Delalic, a project manager at the Office for International Relations. Mr Delalic works with several projects in Ukraine relating to nuclear and radiological security.

For more information, please contact: Lars van Dassen, Director of the Office for International Relations, Swedish Radiation Safety Authority, via the Authority's press officer on Tel. +46 8 799 40 20.