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On 24 and 25 March 2014, the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS 2014) was held in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice. The Hague lived up to its global reputation as a hospitable, well-organised and above all, safe convention destination in the heart of Holland. The conference was attended by 58 world leaders (5 of which from observing international organizations), some 5,000 delegates and some 3,000 journalists, which gathered in the city’s World Forum to attend the summit, United States President Obama among them. Upon his arrival he said warmly: “I love Holland.”
The NSS 2014, aimed at forging international agreement on global security issues regarding nuclear materials and nuclear terrorism, was the biggest summit ever held in Holland. Delegations stayed in 55 hotels within a 60 kilometre radius of The Hague. The Hague Hotel Service arranged a total capacity of 8,000 beds. Amsterdam Airport Schiphol made available one of its runways for exclusive use by the delegations. Extra long trains ran and highways were cordoned off in order to transport guests safely and unhindered to and from the World Forum. On the first night of the summit, the world leaders were invited to the Royal Palace in The Hague, Huis ten Bosch, were they dined with King Willem-Alexander and Queen Máxima.
Forerunner in combating nuclear terrorism
Holland was chosen as the summit’s destination at the request of President Obama, being a forerunner in the prevention of nuclear terrorism. With the port of Rotterdam and the Amsterdam Airport Schiphol international hub handling huge annual transit volumes of people and goods, the dangers of smuggling nuclear materials are ever present. In addition, the leading nuclear technology companies located in The Netherlands require sound security.
Symbol of peace, justice and safety
Within Holland, the choice for The Hague was an obvious one. The city is internationally known as an icon and symbol of peace, justice and security. The Hague was at the centre of the world’s attention during the NSS 2014, not least because the G7 met there simultaneously. The hosting of this crucial summit demonstrated once again that the World Forum convention centre is highly suitable for conventions of this caliber, requiring the utmost in safety and security. The World Forum has become a leading specialist in this area due to the extensive knowledge and experience it has gained over the past decade.