“The most serious threat is related to the necessity to counter nuclear terrorism. To succeed we need to provide more effective protection of nuclear materials as the very fact of availability of plutonium or high enriched uranium creates the threat of such materials falling into the hands of terrorists. Russia possesses one of the most large-scale nuclear programs - if not the largest one - and therefore it is indisputably one of the key players in the field of ensuring nuclear security", - Piet de Klerk, the Netherlands’ Sherpa for the preparations of the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague.

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Name: de Klerk Piet
City: Netherlands
Affiliation: Foreign Affairs Ministry of the Netherlans
Position: Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary, Sherpa for the preparations of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit
Biography :

Mr. Piet de Klerk is the Sherpa for the preparations of the 2014 Nuclear Security Summit which will be held in The Hague in March 2014.

From 2003-2007 Mr. de Klerk was Ambassador at Large for Human Rights at the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs and after that (2007-2011) he was Deputy Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the United Nations in New York. Between August 2011 and August 2013 he was the Netherlands Ambassador in Jordan.

From 1998 to 2003  he was Director of the Office of External Relations and Policy Coordination of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Vienna. 

In the earlier phases of his career he was Counselor at the Netherlands Embassy in Bonn, Head of the Arms Control Section at the Ministry and First Secretary/Counselor at the Permanent Mission to the United Nations and the IAEA, in Vienna. From 1992-1998 he was a member of SAGSI, the IAEA Standing Advisory Group on Safeguards Implementation. During the year 2011-2012 he was Chairman of the Nuclear Suppliers Group.

He has an MSc, Physics (1977, cum laude) and an MSc in Mathematics from the University of Amsterdam (1978).  He also studied philosophy there.