UAE Efforts to Support Global Non-Proliferation

Austrian Pledge


In March 2015, the UAE Government officially endorsed the Austrian Pledge which calls on all parties to the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT) to renew their commitment to the "urgent and full implementation of existing nuclear disarmament obligations". The initiative aims to stigmatize, prohibit and eliminate nuclear weapons in light of their unacceptable humanitarian consequences and associated risks. The "Austrian Pledge" was announced by Austria in the framework of hosting and chairing the Vienna Conference on the Humanitarian Impact of Nuclear Weapons in December 2014.


Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI)


The UAE is a founding member of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative (NPDI), which was established by the NPT non-nuclear weapon states Australia, Canada, Chile, Germany, Japan, Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates in 2010. The Philippines and Nigeria joined the Initiative in 2013. The NPDI Ministers  reaffirmed the joint intention to work toward achieving nuclear disarmament and the strengthening of the international non-proliferation regime.


The NPDI was founded to promote and support implementation of the commitments made by all NPT Member States, and to advocate further progress through practical contributions and proposals. Additionally, the Initiative fully  supports the renewed call for the total elimination of nuclear weapons as the only guarantee against their use or threat of use.  


Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT)


The UAE is a partner nation in the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT). This Initiative is aimed at strengthening global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism by conducting multilateral activities that strengthen the plans, policies, and procedures of partner nations.


Established in July 2006, the GICNT is co-chaired by the United States and the Russian Federation. The Initiative is based on the Conventions for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Convention of the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and its 2005 Amendment.


It also incorporates United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1540.


Currently, 85 partner nations come together every year for Plenary Meetings to evaluate the progress of the GICNT and identify future priorities and goals for its Members.


The 2010 GICNT Plenary Meeting was convened from 28 to 29 June, in Abu Dhabi, the United Arab Emirates, comprising a total of 82 participants. This Plenary Meeting resulted in the adoption of revised terms of reference that more clearly define participant roles and responsibilities and established concrete mechanisms for GICNT implementation. The Implementation and Assessment Group (IAG) was established in Abu Dhabi in which Spain was selected to serve as the first IAG Coordinator through 2013. GICNT Plenary meetings take place every two years.


See here the schedule of all GICNT Plenary Meetings.


International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC)


The International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC), formerly the Global Nuclear Energy Partnership (GNEP), is a partnership of countries aiming to ensure that new nuclear initiatives meet the highest standards of safety, security and non-proliferation.  Since 2011, the United Arab Emirates is a participant of the forum, along with 31 other participant countries.


Today, IFNEC consists of 32 participants, 3 permanent international observers, and 31 observer countries.


Megaports Initiative


The UAE is working with the U.S. Department of Energy to implement the Megaports Initiative, a cooperative effort aimed at deterring terrorists from using the world's seaports to ship illicit materials; detecting nuclear or radioactive materials if shipped via sea cargo; and interdicting harmful materials so they cannot be used by terrorists.


To reinforce national detection capacity, the UAE has established, under Federal Law by Decree No. 13 of 2007, a legal regime for commodities that are subject to import and export control procedures, including the list of export-controlled technologies addressing nuclear materials, technologies and equipment. In connection with the Megaport project, detection equipment was installed in Dubai Port.


Nuclear Security Summits


Along with 40 nations, the UAE actively participates in the Nuclear Security Summit process, which started in Washington, D.C. in 2010, and continued in Seoul, the Republic of Korea, in 2012, and Hague, the Netherlands, in 2014 with an objective to enhance international cooperation to prevent nuclear terrorism. The next Nuclear Security Summit is to be held in Washington, D.C. in 2016.


Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)


The UAE is a signatory to the Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI), which is aimed at stopping shipments of weapons of mass destruction (WMD), their delivery systems and related materials worldwide. The PSI was formed to increase international cooperation in interdicting shipments of WMD, their delivery systems, and related materials. The Initiative does not create a new legal framework but aims to use existing national authorities and international law to achieve its goals. Initially, 11 nations signed on to the “Statement of Interdiction Principles,” which guide PSI cooperation. In support of this Initiative, the UAE has hosted training exercises.



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Ministers of the founding members of the Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Initiative during the NPDI Ministerial Meeting in Istanbul, Turkey, 2012

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2010 Nuclear Security Summit, Washington D.C., USA, April 2010

13 April 2010 - His Highness Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, joined leaders from nations around the globe this week in Washington, D.C., to attend the Nuclear Security Summit.

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24 October 2013 -  the United Arab Emirates hosted and chaired the fourth annual Executive Committee Ministerial Meeting of the International Framework for Nuclear Energy Cooperation (IFNEC) in Abu Dhabi, to review IFNEC activities over the past year.

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