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Domestic Commitments and Capacity

Applies to countries with weapons-usable nuclear materials
Applies to countries without weapons-usable nuclear materials

Evaluates how well a state follows through on its international obligations, whether it adheres to IAEA safeguards, and whether it has an independent regulatory agency.

Scoring

Weighted total of the following four indicators:

4.1) UNSCR 1540 Implementation

4.2) Domestic Nuclear Materials Security Legislation

4.3) Safeguards Adherence and Compliance

4.4) Independent Regulatory Agency

Description

The Domestic Commitments and Capacity category includes actions that indicate how well a country has implemented its international commitments and a country’s capacity to do so. This category includes the extent of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 implementation, the status of nuclear materials security legislation, the extent of safeguards adherence and compliance, and the presence of an independent regulatory agency

Indicators

Scoring

Scored 0-5 where 5=most favorable nuclear materials security conditions. The UNSCR 1540 Implementation indicator score is the combination of the subindicator scores within this indicator (see Scoring Notes).

Description

UN Security Council Resolution 1540 obliges action on nuclear materials security and its implementation demonstrates a state’s commitment level.

Scoring

Scored 0-2 where 2=most favorable nuclear materials security conditions. The Domestic Nuclear Materials Security Legislation indicator score is the combination of the subindicator scores within this indicator (see Scoring Notes).

Description

The implementation of security measures is rooted in domestic nuclear materials security legislation.

Scoring

Scored 0-6 where 6=most favorable nuclear materials security conditions. The Safeguards Adherence and Compliance indicator score is the combination of the subindicator scores within this indicator (see Scoring Notes).

Description

States compliant with safeguards measures take seriously responsibilities related to their stewardship of nuclear materials.

Scoring

Scored 0-1 where 1=most favorable nuclear materials security conditions. The Independent Regulatory Agency indicator score is the same as the subindicator score (see Scoring Notes).

Description

A robust and independent regulatory structure helps to ensure compliance with nuclear materials-related regulations.