On December 9 in Astana, the United States joined the European Union, Japan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Tajikistan, Georgia, Armenia, South Korea, Norway, and Kazakhstan in signing the Agreement Continuing the International Science and Technology Center (ISTC). This agreement establishes Kazakhstan as the host nation of the ISTC and enables the ISTC to continue its vital work of preventing the spread and exploitation of sensitive expertise related to weapons of mass destruction.
The ISTC, now located at Nazarbayev University in Astana, acts as a coordinating mechanism for national and multilateral nonproliferation efforts and provides opportunities to engage scientists and institutes with WMD and dual-use expertise to further nonproliferation goals.
The United States, which has been a strong supporter of the ISTC from the beginning, congratulates Kazakhstan for hosting the ISTC and applauds Kazakhstan’s continuing leadership in the field of regional and global nonproliferation.
United States Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for Nonproliferation Programs Simon Limage, who led the U.S. delegation, announced U.S. support for a number of ISTC initiatives. In particular, the United States will contribute over $600,000 to four projects in the areas of cancer research, explosion detection, agricultural research, and seismology. The United States also pledged up to $7 million for projects under development to encourage the use of clean energy and renewable energy sources, to increase coordination of seismic activity monitoring, to enhance the security of radiological materials used in well logging, and to improve nuclear safeguards and encourage the development of a strong nuclear security culture around the world.
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For more information please contact the Public Affairs Section of the U.S. Embassy in Astana, phone number: 8-777-537-50-03 or 8-777-223-08-51.