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France

Direct Assistance

Type(s)of Assistance:
General
Scope:
General
Regions:
All
Subject(s):
General, Export Controls, Physical Protection

France is participating in bilateral dialogues and campaigns to raise awareness of what is at stake in combating proliferation, and it cooperates on a case-by-case basis in bilateral activities relating to the various provisions of resolution 1540 (2004), such as export controls and the physical protection of sensitive materials or equipment.

SUBJECTS

Assistance through International Organizations

France has also supported G-8 initiatives in this field, including the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction launched in 2002, in connection with which France undertook to contribute up to 750 million euros to the G-8 Action Plan on Non-proliferation, announced on 9 June 2004.

As a member of the G-8 Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, it has undertaken to fund a number of projects. The activities involved include the dismantling of Russian nuclear submarines through the Multilateral Support Fund of the Northern Dimension Environmental Partnership, as well as action under a number of bilateral programmes in the nuclear, chemical and biological fields.

France is also actively engaged in the efforts of the International Atomic Energy Agency and partner States to promote safeguards agreements to be concluded under the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons and its additional protocols. It has made financial contributions, and taken part in several promotion seminars. In the context of its safeguards support programme, France contributes both financially and in kind (expert services, transfers of technology or know-how) in order to strengthen the capacities and activities of the Department of Safeguards. French support focuses mainly on developing and strengthening the safeguards system, information and training, and activities targeting the needs of the inspection divisions. It comprises over 20 projects representing a total of about 1.2 million euros in 2004.

France supports IAEA activities in the field of nuclear security and protection from nuclear terrorism. Its contributions to the Nuclear Security Fund total almost €500,000. France has provided an expert to the Agency, free of charge, and is also contributing in kind through cooperation activities, particularly in the fields of the physical protection of nuclear materials, the promotion of international agreements and the security of radioactive materials. The French authorities will shortly conclude arrangements with the Agency to define the cooperation framework for these actions.

In addition to its contribution to the regular budget of IAEA and its participation in the corresponding programmes, such as the verification activities of the Department of Safeguards, France is conducting additional activities on a voluntary basis in support of the goals of Security Council resolution 1540 (2004).

Points of Contact

Name:
Ms. Celine Jurgensen
Department:
Permanent Mission of France to the United Nations
Location:
One Dag Hammarskjöld Plaza, 245 East 47th Street, 44th Floor, New York, NY 10017
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