Slovakia today became the first country to ratify and become party to a treaty for cooperation in staving off the horrifying possibility of terrorism involving the use of nuclear devices, which was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in April 2005.
To date, 100 States have signed onto the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism, which strengthens the global legal framework to combat the threat, requires the extradition or prosecution of those implicated and encourages the exchange of information and other inter-state cooperation.
The pact opened for at 2005 World Summit that began the Assembly’s 60th session.
“Nuclear terrorism is one of the most urgent threats of our time,” Secretary-General Kofi Annan said before the treaty’s adoption. “Even one such attack could inflict mass casualties and change our world forever. The prospect should compel all of us to do our part to strengthen our common defences.”