Nuclear or Radiological Attack

Outcome Documents

  • Workshop in Vienna (March 2010) — Workshop Report
  • CTITF Working Group Report: Interagency Coordination in the event of a Nuclear or Radiological Terrorist Attack: Current Status, Future Prospects — Working Group Report, Aug 2010


The Working Group carried out a comprehensive review on how the UN system and international organizations from different disciplines would respond, individually and as a whole, to a nuclear/radiological terrorist attack, as well as the level of planned coordination among the different entities in the rapid provision of assistance to the affected state/states. The project is part of a wider initiative promoted by the CTITF, consisting in the implementation of separate, similar projects in the chemical and biological fields. As a final product, a Compendium of Existing Practices and Lessons Learned will be produced.

The project is based on the exchange of knowledge, better understanding and experience-sharing of current activities and plans already in place by relevant international organizations and UN entities in the response to, and mitigation of, a nuclear/radiological terrorist attack.

The Working Group organized a workshop of officials and experts of the relevant entities and organizations in order to exchange information on what each entity or organization does and is planning to do in the event of a nuclear/radiological terrorist attack, as well as the level of interaction and planned cooperation and coordination among them in such event.

For the preparation and implementation of the workshop, as well as for the drawing of conclusions and recommendations, the Working Group drew on the substantive expertise and input of the IAEA, OPCW, WHO,UNICRI, UNODA, INTERPOL, IMO, ICAO, Expert Staff of the 1540 Committee, UNODC, UNDP, UNESCO and OCHA, as well as other CTITF entities.

What was the practical result of this project?

Increased information and best-practice sharing among the key stakeholders to enable more rapid and better informed response in the event of a nuclear/radiological terrorist attack Member States should receive rapid and coordinated assistance from the relevant UN entities and international organizations in the event of a nuclear/radiological terrorist attack.

A final publication, with a compilation of all information provided by different organisations, as well as mechanisms already in place of coordination and collaboration, and possible synergy of resources and capabilities, has been produced, thus providing useful and relevant information to the benefit of all participating entities and towards overall coordination and sharing of best practices.