UAE participates in Nuclear Security Summit

From 31 March to 1 April, leaders of 52 nations gathered in Washington, D.C., the United States of America, for the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit. This was the fourth and final session in series of Summits to emphasize the achievements made since its inception in 2010, and to make new commitments towards reducing the threat of nuclear terrorism.

The UAE delegation was headed by His Highness Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed, UAE Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The delegation included H.E. Ambassador Hamad Alkaabi, UAE Permanent Representative to the IAEA, and H.E. Ambassador Al Otaiba, UAE Ambassador to the U.S. Since the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague, the UAE has strengthened its nuclear security framework and its implementation within the country, while contributing to the development of a global nuclear security architecture.

The UAE Progress Report has been presented to the Washington Summit.

The UAE also met a number of its additional pledges made at the previous Washington and Seoul Summits, held in 2010 and 2012, respectively. These pledges focuses on strengthening nuclear security measures.

Over the past six years, through the Summit Process, the international community raised awareness on the threat of nuclear terrorism; and strengthened the nuclear security architecture at national, regional and international levels, including expansion of ratification and implementation of international legal instruments.

Although the Summit is the last of its kind, achievements derived from the Process will be further sustained by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and other international fora.

For more details, visit the 2016 Washington Summit website at:

Heads of state and foreign ministers participate in Nuclear Security Summit Plenary (PHOTO CREDIT: NSS2016)