The Carnegie Corporation of New York and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation have announced that they will invest up to $25 million over the next two years in support of efforts to secure nuclear materials and reduce the threat they pose.
Announced ahead of the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit, March 31-April 1, in Washington, D.C., the commitment recognizes the role nongovernmental organizations have played in providing analysis of nuclear security threats and convening governments, industry, and civil society to search for collaborative solutions. Since the Obama administration initiated the nuclear security summits in 2010, Carnegie and MacArthur have awarded more than $40 million in grants in support of research, analysis, and multi-stakeholder dialogues focused on the critical need to secure nuclear materials.
"As longtime funders of civil society working on nuclear security, Carnegie Corporation and MacArthur believe there is a continued role for civil society in supporting and advancing strengthened global nuclear security beyond the 2016 Summit," the foundations said in a joint statement. "Civil society partners — which include academics, nongovernmental experts, industry practitioners, international organizations, and former officials — represent a voice independent of government that can provide context and enhance accountability."