Nuclear Security & Non-Proliferation
With the establishment of its national policy, the UAE has fully committed itself to the highest standards of nuclear security and nuclear non-proliferation. Following the objectives of enhancing confidence and supporting the non-proliferation efforts of the international community, the UAE has set nuclear security and non-proliferation as main principles on its policy for the domestic nuclear energy programme. The UAE national policy has set the stage for enforcing all major international non-proliferation instruments, such as the following.
The Policy stated that, as part of its commitment to operational transparency, the UAE will conclude all required international instruments and abide strictly by the resulting obligations. The Policy listed the relevant international instruments, including those to which the UAE already party, and identified those to be concluded in tandem with the UAE’s evaluation of peaceful nuclear and those to be concluded only if the UAE chooses to deploy nuclear power plants.
The UAE has progressed the commitments made in the Policy concluding all international instruments referred to in the policy:
Non-Proliferation instruments concluded by the UAE:
IAEA Treaty on Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (1995) >> Download
IAEA Comprehensive Safeguards Agreement (2003) >> Download
IAEA Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (2003) >> Download
IAEA Additional Protocol to Safeguards Agreement (2009) >> Download
IAEA Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (2009) >> Download
UN Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty (2000) >> Download
UN International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (2005) >> Download
In addition to its clear responsibilities under these agreements, the UAE has further demonstrated its commitments through the commitment to forgo enrichment and reprocessing of nuclear fuel, as stated in its national policy In 2009, the UAE Government transformed this policy commitment into a national law forbidding “the development, construction, or operation of uranium enrichment or spent fuel reprocessing facilities within the borders of the UAE”.
UAE is also supportive to international multiple international initiatives such as the pledged $10 million to support an IAEA-administered international uranium fuel bank.
The UAE is an active member of IAEA Illicit Trafficking Database Programme
. The IAEA Illicit Trafficking Database (ITDB) is a unique information system on illicit trafficking and other unauthorized activities and events involving nuclear and other radioactive materials that assist the IAEA, participating States and selected international organizations in improving nuclear security.
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