Istanbul hosts first Sherpas meeting to prepare for the next 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in Netherlands

The first preparatory meeting of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit to be held in Netherlands assembled together high level officials from more than 50 states and relevant international organizations in Istanbul, Turkey, from 27 to 28 November 2012.

Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, UAE’s Sherpa led the UAE delegation to the meeting to discuss together with over other participating officials progress taken since the Seoul Summit in March 2012, as well as begin the preparations for the 2014 Hague Summit.
The first summit was initiated in April 2010 in Washington D.C. with the participation of heads of states from 46 countries and relevant international organizations.
The success of the first summit paved the way for the second summit, which convened in Seoul in March 2012 with a record participation of 53 heads of states, as well as representatives of the United Nations, the International Atomic Energy Agency, European Union and Interpol.
Since the last Nuclear Security Summit, work on the upcoming 2014 Nuclear Security Summit has started already. The first preparatory meeting of the Summit took place in Istanbul on 27-28 November 2012, with the participation of high level officials appointed with the task of evaluating progress and planning for the next summit.
The UAE delegation introduced the progress in implementing commitments made at the last two summits and affirmed its support to the on-going work leading to the next Summit in Netherland.