Prime Minister Trudeau delivers remarks after the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.
I'm very pleased to be here today after a very successful Nuclear Security Summit here in Washington.
First, I'd like to thank my colleague and friend, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, for hosting this important meeting.
The goal of the Summit is to strengthen global nuclear security and to combat nuclear terrorism, one of the greatest threats to international security.
It is the duty of global leaders to take all necessary measures to prevent the worst from taking place.
Nuclear security is a priority for the Canadian government.
We are committed to working with our allies and partners to prevent nuclear terrorism.
Let me highlight a few points:
First, countries like Canada have to continue to lead by example.
Canada will continue to invest in its world class nuclear security regime and share our expertise in this field with others.
Second, diplomacy and advocacy in support of nuclear security will also be key.
Canada will continue to support the International Atomic Energy Agency and the United Nations to advance the highest international standards of nuclear security.
Third, states with the financial means to do so, should deepen their investment in nuclear security worldwide.
Canada remains fundamentally committed to doing so. In this regard I am proud to announce that Canada will dedicate an additional $42 million in global partnership program funding over the next two years to improve nuclear and radiological security worldwide. These funds will be used to, for example, combat illicit trafficking through strengthening national capacities in the Americas and the Middle East, improve physical security at nuclear facilities, promote safe management and disposal of disused radioactive sources in countries and regions with identified needs, primarily in the Americas, and to support the International Atomic Energy Agency's nuclear security fund.
We are also pleased to co-lead, with Spain and the Republic of Korea, a Joint Statement on the full and universal implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540. Canada firmly believes that Resolution 1540 is a key tool in the fight against terrorist weapons of mass destruction.
This resolution obliges UN member states to take concrete measures to prevent weapons of mass destruction and associated materials from falling into the wrong hands.
Canada is also working with the UK on a joint statement pledging to provide comprehensive certification training for nuclear security practitioners.
During the summit we have also discussed the threat of terrorist networks such as ISIL. As part of Canada's refocused strategy for support to the global coalition against ISIL and broader engagement in the region, we will allocate $51 million over three years to counter terrorism capacity building programming in the Middle East and North Africa.
The funds will be drawn from the resources announced on February 8, 2016, when Canada articulated its refocused strategy for Iraq, Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon.
Programming will focus on helping to stem the flow of foreign fighters and counter ISIL's financing and messaging. The funds will also support broader security activities in neighbouring countries in order to reduce their vulnerability to ISIL infiltration.
Canada has played a constructive role in negotiating the Nuclear Security Summit action plans aimed at strengthening the nuclear security architecture and sustaining the momentum of the post-summit agenda.
To this end we are proud to continue to play a leadership role in the field of nuclear and radiological security, and to work with allies and partners to prevent nuclear terrorism.
In the margins of this summit I had the opportunity to meet face to face with a number of world leaders to discuss important bilateral issues.
I had productive meetings with the President of Argentina, Mauricio Macri, the president of... the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi, the Prime Minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, and the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, David Cameron.
During my time in Washington I was also honoured to speak before the US Chamber of Commerce.
Canada's first federal budget was just over a week ago. So, it was a privilege to speak with this distinguished group about Canada's approach to strengthening our economy.
On the whole, this trip was incredibly productive, we have made great steps forward today towards strengthening international nuclear security and Canada is proud to have participated in this important effort.
Thank you. I look forward to your questions.