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Global Nuclear Safety and Security Framework (GNSSF):
The GNSSF is a basic conceptual structure and a set of guiding principles for achieving and maintaining a high level of safety and security at nuclear facilities and activities around the world. A cornerstone for the effectiveness of the GNSSF is strengthening of networking. The Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN) is one of the key elements of the GNSSF.
The IAEA Global Nuclear Safety and Security Network (GNSSN) is a human network operating at global, regional and national levels, supported by a strong web platform. GNSSN is a key support element of the Global Nuclear Safety and Security Framework (GNSSF) defined here as “the institutional, legal and technical framework for ensuring the safety of nuclear installations throughout the world. The objective of this [framework] is to lead to a world where all nuclear installations are operating safely” (Strengthening the Global Nuclear Safety Regime, INSAG Series No. 21).
GNSSN's vision is:
The GNSSN is the gateway to sharing knowledge and services in order to achieve worldwide implementation of a high level of nuclear safety and security.
The GNSSN’s mission is threefold:
1.Sharing information and knowledge — Ensuring that relevant knowledge, experience and lessons learned related to nuclear safety and security are managed and shared for the benefit of Member States;
2.Facilitating multilateral cooperation and coordination — Enabling and supporting interaction and collaboration between organizations and subject matter experts;
3.Building capacity — Establishing a capacity building framework to support the national nuclear safety and security infrastructure in the Member States.
The aim of the GNSSN platform is to make information resources visible and available via web links to all affiliated safety and security related networks.
The main members of GNSSN are the providers of information and network operators (the process owners).
Network enhancement rests on the following principles:
•Process owners are ultimately responsible for content and quality;
•Process owners recognize that they are part of a broader community of networks;
•Process owners make continuous efforts to render the network visible and conducive to international cooperation;
•Process owners strive for common solutions, using best practices and advanced technologies, and for optimal use of resources;
•Process owners adhere to agreed commitments;
•Process Owners sustainability and continuous improvement of the GNSSN.
GNSSN follows an integrated approach which works at global, regional and national approach as indicated in the figure below:
GNSSN Terms of Reference
GNSSN Governance Plan
This Governance Plan is meant to ensure that the operational features of the GNSSN platform
and, thereby, also its integrated or related networks, forums and portals can be effectively
managed within a collaborative environment in order to align the activities of these to the
GNSSN’s overall vision and mission. Rules, procedures and policies are required to ensure
correct usage and an adequate operational status of the GNSSN platform. The primary goal of
the Governance Plan is to define a human infrastructure of assigned roles and responsibilities
and to serve as an initial policy document in order to facilitate the seamless operation of the
various networks, forums and portals integrated into the GNSSN platform.
GNSSN Steering Committee Terms of Reference
The Steering Committee of the GNSSN is a standing body of suitably qualified persons with
responsibilities in nuclear safety and/or security who have recognized expertise in regulatory
matters and nuclear knowledge management.