Nuclear security summit 2014 opens

Added On March 25, 2014

The third Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) opened on Monday in the Hague. Leaders from over 50 countries and international organizations have convened with the mutual aim of preventing nuclear terrorism around the globe.

World leaders arrived at the World Forum in the Netherlands on Monday afternoon, with a warm welcome by Dutch Prime-Minister Mark Rutte.


Rutte said at the opening ceremony that the world leaders' discussions during the two-day summit will focus on one question: How to prevent nuclear terrorism?


The United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said at the ceremony that international cooperation is essential in detecting and stopping illicit trade in nuclear material.


The opening ceremony of the two-day event was followed by a plenary meeting. 


According to the NSS 2014 website, Tuesday's event includes a meeting where leaders will discuss the future of the NSS process.


The NSS 2014 seeks to reduce the amount of dangerous nuclear material in the world, improve security of all nuclear material and radioactive sources, and step up international cooperation.


This summit will conclude on Tuesday with a press conference jointly held by Rutte and the U.S. President Barack Obama, who will chair the next nuclear security summit in Washington in 2016.


The Nuclear Security Summit has become an important platform to address nuclear security issues since its first meeting in Washington, D.C. in 2010. The second meeting was held in Seoul in 2012.