The Permanent Mission of Hungary to the UN in co-operation with the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-proliferation (VCDNP) organized the second seminar about this topic on the 8th of October at the Hungarian Embassy entitled „Developing a comprehensive security culture”.
The seminar sought to identify lessons learned in the area of the nuclear security culture, in an attempt to understand their implications for other areas of weapons of mass destruction (i.e. biological and chemical). In so doing, the meeting explored whether a broader, integrated security culture encompassing all areas related to materials which could be used for WMD purposes may be strengthened, specifically within the scope of resolution 1540 (2004).
This effort may serve as a starting point for a more detailed examination of these issues, both furthering the objective of the resolution and resulting in an enhanced CBRN security overall. The Work Plan of the 2010 Nuclear Security Summit (NSS), inter alia, underlined the importance of a nuclear security culture.
The experience of Vienna based organizations in this area provides a useful basis for affords by other international, regional and sub-regional organizations, and also by States themselves, in developing a holistic security culture.
The workshop took place between the International Conference on Nuclear Security organized by the IAEA, which was held on July 1-5 in Vienna and the third Nuclear Security Summit, to be held in the Hague in April 2014.