Nuclear security is pivotal for the safety and peace of the humanity.
A milepost to a safer and more peaceful world! The 2012 Seoul Nuclear Security Summit. Now, Korea has established itself as the hub of world peace.
On March 26th, 2012, 58 leaders from around the world gathered in Seoul to be part of the largest ever diplomatic event to be hosted by a single country.
The first nuclear security summit, proposed by U.S. President Barack Obama, was held in Washington in April 2010. It was in response to the growing threat of nuclear terrorism after the 9/11 attacks in New York.
After Korea was designated the host of the second nuclear security summit, Korea put its utmost efforts into reinforcing its security forces.
It deployed elite troops to ensure absolute safety during the summit.
There were six more countries at the seoul summit than at the first summit in Washington. 80 percent of the global population and 90 percent of the world's GDP were represented by the 53 participating countries. The summit, therefore, was a miniature version of the globe. The conference began with the assessment of the progress that had been made to eliminate nuclear materials since 2010. The general consensus was that noticeable progress had been made since the first summit.
When the Seoul Communique, adopted by 53 heads of state and leaders of 4 international organizations, was announced, the whole world listened with anticipation.
The Seoul Communique outlines the key points that were discussed at the summit, such as minimizing nuclear materials and protecting nuclear power plants.
The unanimous agreement to reduce nuclear materials by the end of 2013 was a milestone achievement.
The successful conclusion of the Seoul Nuclear Security Summit confirmed Korea's leading role in global governance.