EUROPE – The World Forum convention centre in The Hague is to host the international Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), 24-25 March 2014.
The Netherlands’ Prime Minister Mark Rutte highlighted the summit’s importance at a recent press conference, saying: “The amount of nuclear material in the world is enormous. If it falls into the hands of terrorists, the consequences could be disastrous. The international community must do everything in its power to prevent this. As chair of the Nuclear Security Summit, I am determined to make it a success. In this way, the Netherlands will contribute to a safer world.”
The aim of the NSS is to reduce the amount of nuclear material in the world and improve its security. Fifty-three countries and four international organisations are taking part in the negotiations and the NSS will be the biggest summit ever held in The Netherlands.
“It’s a huge project,’ said Mayor of The Hague, Josias van Aartsen. “An unbelievable number of organisations are involved, from ministries and the police to private parties such as Schiphol Airport and the public transport company HTM. The aim is to ensure that the summit proceeds smoothly, safely and in a dignified manner. The preparations are in full swing.”
The NSS is an initiative of President Obama. The first summit was held in Washington in 2010, and the second in Seoul in 2012.
The World Forum is managed by GL events, a French company that manages 36 conference and event sites worldwide.
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