Nuclear Security at the Summer 2004 Olympic Games
IAEA Press Releases 05-25-04
Vienna, 25 May 2004 | The International Atomic Energy Agency
(IAEA) today announced an unprecedented joint action plan
to help ensure a high level of nuclear security at the
2004 Olympic Games.
Cooperation between the IAEA, the Greek Atomic Energy Commission
and the Greek Olympics Games Security Division to provide
expert advice and technical assistance followed a request
for assistance from the two Greek authorities to the IAEA
plan is designed to protect facilities and materials, to
detect illicit trafficking and malicious use of radioactive
materials, and to ensure that emergency response forces are
effective and efficient.
of the work in Greece has been undertaken in co-operation
IAEA Member States – with substantial support
provided by the United States and France in the fields of
equipment, training and technical advice.
The physical protection of the Demokritos nuclear research
reactor, in a suburb of Athens, has been upgraded and the
security of radioactive sources used at medical and industrial
facilities in six Greek cities has been tightened.
detection equipment has been installed at borders and other
points into Greece, and mobile detection
equipment will be deployed elsewhere. Hand-held radiation
monitors are being distributed amongst the thousands of security
personnel and customs officials who are involved in the security
for the Games. The equipment is being deployed to detect
radioactive materials that might be used as a weapon by terrorists
in a radiological dispersal device, a so-called "dirty
bomb". Detailed information on the steps that have been
taken cannot be disclosed for reasons of security.
“There has been good cooperation with the Greek Atomic
Energy Commission and with the other international partners
in developing and implementing this work” said Mohamed
ElBaradei, Director General of the IAEA. “We are collectively
striving for a high measure of security and the work being
undertaken should enhance the capabilities of the Greek authorities.”
The IAEA from its Vienna headquarters operates a major programme
to help its Member States to combat the threat of nuclear
terrorism. The IAEA takes a lead role in providing international
standards and guidance on both security and related safety
issues. And it provides advisory services, training, technical
assistance and information support. Since it was established,
the IAEA nuclear security programme has provided assistance
and support to dozens of States across the globe.
About the IAEA
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) serves as the
world's foremost intergovernmental forum for scientific
and technical co-operation in the peaceful use of nuclear
technology. Established as an autonomous organization under
the United Nations (UN) in 1957, the IAEA carries out programmes
to maximize the useful contribution of nuclear technology
to society while verifying its peaceful use.