As the Director General of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority (SSM), I am pleased to bring to your attention this report that summarises the results of the projects that we implemented in 2018. These projects were implemented in cooperation with partners in the Russian Federation, Georgia, Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova.
SSM’s work is based on a Government instruction, which in turn relates to Sweden’s commitments established in various international fora. These include the Global Partnership, established by the G7, and UN Security Council Resolution 1540, the EU Action Plan on Weapons of Mass Destruction, the MNEPR Agreement, as well as the enduring commitments that arose from the Nuclear Security Summit process during the period 2010-2016. Over the past decades, international contributions to promote nuclear security, safety and non-proliferation have grown to become the “gold standard” and an expression of good faith and good intentions. I am happy that Sweden does its share.
Cooperation in the above-mentioned areas is meaningful not only to the recipient organizations and government agencies and regulators abroad. My organization is also capable of extracting many valuable lessons from our interaction with partners. This contributes to the experience base that SSM has and utilises to influence the development of international standards and rules. In a similar manner, it is of great value to us to implement projects in cooperation with third states. This has an impact on the views that we have and communicate in international settings.
My colleagues and I continually strive to identify and develop the linkages between nuclear security, safety, radiation protection and non-proliferation. In our efforts, we take part in and contribute to an international tendency that is growing in strength. In practical terms, we more and more frequently observe how one project, which for instance has the aim of improving nuclear security, at the same time serves as a contribution to promote radiation protection, radiation safety and non-proliferation.
Part of the Swedish Radiation Safety Authority’s work involves improvement of approaches, processes and methods. Over the years, this has been aided by the feedback we receive from colleagues at home and abroad, as well as from our readers. Feel free to contact us and contribute to our ongoing mission.
Swedish Radiation Safety Authority