Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN)
Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins, Special Coordinator for Threat Reduction Programs at the U.S. Department of State, visited Warsaw on August 29-September 1 to attend the Regional Conference on the Nuclear Security Summit. The conference was hosted by the Government of Poland on its own initiative following the Nuclear Security Summit held in Washington in April 2010, and was attended by representatives of Austria, Belarus, Bulgaria, Croatia, Estonia, Hungary, Lithuania, Latvia, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, the Czech Republic, Germany and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Ambassador Jenkins commended Poland for taking a leadership role in promoting the goals of security of nuclear materials, and said, “All nations have a stake in the security of nuclear materials because this is a global issue.”
While in Poland, Ambassador Jenkins also spoke at the Polish Institute for International Relations and met with Polish officials at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, where they discussed nonproliferation efforts and Poland’s continuing partnership and support for the G8 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. The Global Partnership is addressing nonproliferation, disarmament, counterterrorism, and nuclear safety issues through cooperative projects in such areas as destruction of chemical weapons; the dismantlement of decommissioned nuclear submarines; the security and disposition of fissile materials; and rechanneling employment of former weapons scientists to peaceful civilian endeavors.