World Forum in The Hague to host global summit

World Forum in The Hague to host global summit on nuclear security
 
The Nuclear Security Summit being hosted by the Netherlands in March 2014 will be held in the World Forum in The Hague, Minister of Foreign Affairs Uri Rosenthal has announced.
 
Over 50 heads of state and government and representatives of international organizations are expected to attend the event, which will be chaired by the Dutch Prime Minister.
 
"Nuclear terrorism and the illicit trafficking of nuclear material are major threats to global security," said Mr. Rosenthal. "Preventing them is a top priority for the Netherlands. Illicit trafficking is a particularly relevant issue for the Netherlands, as a major logistical hub with the port of Rotterdam and Schiphol airport. The international cooperation generated by this summit will help make everyone safer – both here and in the rest of the world."
 
The Nuclear Security Summits were initiated by President Obama. The first was held in Washington, D.C. in April 2010 and the second in Seoul in March this year. The Hague summit will be the third and possibly the last in the series. It aims to draw attention at the highest political level to the security of nuclear materials and to help prevent nuclear terrorism. The agenda also includes stepping up global cooperation on investigating and combating the illicit trafficking of nuclear and radioactive material.

Jozias van Aartsen, mayor of The Hague, said it is important to his city to make the summit a success. "As the international city of peace and justice, The Hague is the perfect location for a summit of this nature," he said. "Our city is used to hosting high-profile international events, like the Afghanistan conference in 2009."