“We [the Participating States]… Acknowledge the need for capacity building for nuclear security and cooperation at bilateral, regional and multilateral levels for the promotion of nuclear security culture through technology development, human resource development, education, and training; and stress the importance of optimizing international cooperation and coordination of assistance.”
Communique of the Washington Nuclear Security Summit
April 13, 2010
A Center of Excellence (COE) for nuclear security is a centralized location where a country or region can send professionals for training in various aspects of nuclear security. These Centers advance the U.S. nuclear security agenda by highlighting the importance of strengthening nuclear security worldwide and working to address the need for capacity building, technology development, and coordination of assistance on nuclear security, as identified by Participating States at the Washington Nuclear Security Summit in 2010. U.S. support for nuclear security COEs varies by region and country and focuses on meeting the training needs identified by the respective host country or organization. Some of the U.S.-supported activities at COEs include:
Given the growing number of COEs and other training centers, the IAEA is taking the lead in coordinating activities among various governments and organizations. The United States fully supports and participates in these efforts.