Australia has made a grant of $450,000 to the Nuclear Security Fund of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to contribute to international efforts to counter the threat of nuclear and radiological terrorism.
The grant will be directed towards projects that will strengthen the security of nuclear and radioactive materials in the South East Asia region.
The grant reflects the high priority the Australian Government attaches to the IAEA's nuclear security work and capacity-building with regional partners.
The Nuclear Security Fund was set up by the IAEA Director-General in 2002 to support the Agency's work on improving the security of nuclear and other radioactive materials in IAEA member countries.
Australia is also hosting a two-day international working-level seminar on promoting the security and safety of radioactive materials.
The seminar, organised by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade under the framework of the United States and Russia-led Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT), is being held in Canberra from 7-8 May 2009.
The seminar highlights the GICNT's importance as a forum for promoting better control, regulation and protection of nuclear and radioactive materials.
The seminar includes presentations from experts from the IAEA, World Health Organisation, Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation and Australian Radiation Protection and Safety Agency.
Approximately 80 delegates from 21 countries are attending the seminar, which was opened by Australia's Ambassador for Counter-Terrorism, Mr Bill Paterson PSM.
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