The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) last year received notifications of nearly 190 incidents of nuclear and other radioactive material being out of regulatory control, including some cases of trafficking and other criminal activities. The data – submitted to the IAEA’s Incident and Trafficking Database (ITDB) by countries on a voluntary basis – was highlighted in an annual fact sheet published during this week’s IAEA ministerial conference on strengthening nuclear security and countering the threat of nuclear terrorism. With 140 participating States, the database plays an important role in fostering international cooperation and information sharing among countries. By reporting lost or stolen material to the ITDB, countries increase the chances of its recovery and reduce the opportunities for it to be used in criminal activities. The information is shared with the IAEA, other Member States and relevant international organizations supporting the retrieval of lost or stolen material and the prosecution of suspected criminals.
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