Binay to attend 2014 Nuclear Security Summit in Netherlands

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Thursday, March 20, 2014

VICE President Jejomar Binay will leave for Netherlands on Saturday, March 22, to represent President Benigno Aquino III in the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit.

The summit aims to approve a joint communiqué containing clear agreements to prevent nuclear terrorism.

The summit will bring together 58 world leaders, among them President Barack Obama of the United States, President Francois Hollande of France, President Xi Jinping of China, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan, Prime Minister Stephen Harper of Canada, and some 5,000 delegates from participating countries.

"The threat of nuclear terrorism is real. The Philippines does not have nuclear weapons but should always remain vigilant and active in finding ways to enhance global nuclear security and safety," Binay said.

Binay also represented President Aquino in the previous Nuclear Security Summit held in Seoul in 2012.

In his remarks to the Seoul summit, Binay highlighted the need to chart a new millennial course in the handling of nuclear weapons, radioactive materials and nuclear energy.

Binay also urged world leaders to continue to strengthen the global nuclear security architecture by sharing information, expertise and technologies with one another, using penal laws that have the most effective and widest possible reach, and creating no safe haven or comfort zone for anyone who breaches nuclear security anywhere in the world.

"We have to make nuclear disarmament, nuclear non-proliferation and the peaceful uses of nuclear energy our common legacy to the future. We have to reinvent a world in which the thermonuclear peril is gone, not only because we would have abolished nuclear weapons, but rather because we would have abolished the need for nuclear weapons. We must make the entire planet one seamless, verdant nuclear weapons-free zone, befitting one great human civilization," he said last year.

Binay is scheduled to leave at 8:45 a.m. Saturday aboard Emirates flight EK 337 at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 1.

At the sidelines of the summit, Binay will hold bilateral talks with the King of Netherlands His Majesty Willem-Alexander. He is also scheduled to speak at the International Institute of Social Studies in The Hague on migration and development perspectives of the Philippines.

While in Netherlands, Binay will also meet with ship owners at Rotterdam and also hold a dialog with the Filipino community there. (Jun Sarmiento/Sunnex)

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