The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) is a voluntary partnership of 89 nations and six international organizations that are committed to strengthening global capacity to prevent, detect, and respond to nuclear terrorism. The GICNT works toward this goal by conducting multilateral activities that strengthen the plans, policies, procedures, and interoperability of partner nations.

All partner nations have voluntarily committed to implementing the GICNT Statement of Principles (SOP), a set of broad nuclear security goals encompassing a range of deterrence, prevention, detection, and response objectives. The eight principles contained within the SOP aim to develop partnership capacity to combat nuclear terrorism, consistent with national legal authorities and obligations as well as relevant international legal frameworks such as the Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material and Nuclear Facilities, and United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1540.

The United States and the Russian Federation serve as Co-Chairs of the GICNT, while Morocco currently leads the Implementation and Assessment Group (IAG) under the guidance of the Co-Chairs. To date, the GICNT has conducted over 100 multilateral activities. The GICNT is open to nations that share its common goals and are actively committed to combating nuclear terrorism on a determined and systematic basis.

The GICNT held its 2019 Plenary meeting June 6-7, 2019, in Buenos Aires. The next GICNT Plenary meeting will take place in Hungary in 2021.

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