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27 April 2012

Responding to radiological and nuclear threats focus of INTERPOL conference

UMEA, Sweden – The second INTERPOL Radiological and Nuclear Trafficking and Terrorism Analysis Conference brought together participants from law enforcement and the private sector to discuss global trends in the trafficking of radiological and nuclear materials.

The two-day gathering (25 – 26 April) in Sweden, was attended by 27 representatives from 12 countries and international organizations to discuss current trends and threats in nuclear and radioactive material trafficking and terrorism. Specific cases and threats of terrorists and criminals using these materials were also analysed, with the objective of preventing future incidents by providing accurate information to policy makers, law enforcement and nuclear regulatory officials.

Held under the auspices of INTERPOL’s Project Geiger and in cooperation with the Swedish Defense Research Agency and supported by a grant from the Alfred P. Sloan foundation, the conference aimed to improve cooperation among analysts and international experts in the field of radiological and nuclear trafficking and terrorism.

Launched by INTERPOL in 2005, and now a joint initiative with the  International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Project Geiger focuses on analysing data and identifying trends, facilitating information exchange, institutional and international capacity building, and supporting member countries to prevent and respond to the threat of nuclear trafficking and terrorism.