Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism

IAS Prelims 2023

India hosted two-day meeting for the Implementation and Assessment Group Meeting of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) in New Delhi.

Around 150 delegates from GICNT partner countries and international organisations participated in the event from February 8 to 10.

The event is organised by the Foreign ministry and Department of Atomic Energy.

This event highlights India’s commitment to global nuclear non-proliferation and peaceful uses of nuclear energy. It is a part of India’s overall engagement with the international community on nuclear security issues.


GICNT was launched in 2006 by the Russian Federation and the US. Since the past ten years, 86 countries and five observer organisations have joined.

The Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism (GICNT) is a voluntary international partnership of 86 nations and five 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 United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1540.

The United States and Russia serve as Co-Chairs of the GICNT, while the Netherlands leads the Implementation and Assessment Group (IAG) under the guidance of the Co-Chairs.

To date, the GICNT has conducted over 70 multilateral activities and nine senior-level meetings. The GICNT is open to nations that share in its common goals and are actively committed to combating nuclear terrorism on a determined and systematic basis.