UAE’s Commitment to Support Nuclear Non-proliferation Efforts

  • 14 April 2014

The UAE has always shown keenness to actively participate in collective efforts aimed at promoting cooperation in the field of nuclear non-proliferation. This is because the country believes that there is need for greater international coordination and cooperation to address the threats to international peace and security.

As part of this approach, the UAE participated in the 8th Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI) Ministerial Meeting, held in Hiroshima, Japan, recently. The UAE’s delegation expressed the country’s vision of dealing with the issue of nuclear non-proliferation. This vision is mainly based on engaging in international initiatives, commitment to all treaties related to non-proliferation and working with international partners to ensure full implementation of these treaties.

The UAE’s participation in the 8th NPDI Ministerial Meeting is consistent with its policy of making a positive contribution to any regional or international move aimed at addressing the challenges facing international peace and security. The UAE is aware that weapons of mass destruction and nuclear proliferation pose the biggest threat to security, stability and development across the world.

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, highlighted this in March, during the Nuclear Security Summit 2014, in The Hague. “Terrorism in general, and nuclear terrorism in particular, represent the most important challenges facing the world today, which requires our diligent joint action in order to be able to ward off all forms of this threat,” His Highness said.

His Highness General Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed said that international cooperation on nuclear security has today acquired increasing international significance as challenges grow and dictate to us the need for strengthening the relevant tools and frameworks. He also highlighted the need for the exchange of expertise and contributions to develop the required global infrastructure and human resources so as to guarantee the highest nuclear security in all countries.

Since the beginning of its efforts to acquire a peaceful nuclear energy program, the UAE has been committed to support regional and international efforts aimed at nuclear non-proliferation. The country has strengthened partnership with countries with expertise in nuclear energy and has cooperated with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). It is committed to following international regulations on prohibition of nuclear weapons it cooperates with international efforts and supports initiatives to enhance the potential to combat nuclear terrorism. The UAE also actively takes part in exchange of information on illicit trafficking of nuclear materials and helps international efforts in this regard.

It is because of these factors that the UAE’s efforts have been highly appreciated by the international community, and international organizations working in this domain. This is evident in the wide international welcome of the UAE’s peaceful nuclear program, which has become an inspiring model for countries wishing to possess nuclear energy for the sake of development.