Chair's Corner

NSG Chair 2016 - 2017

Amb Song

 

Dear Visitor:

Welcome to the official website of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG). We are a group of forty-eight nuclear supplier countries that seeks to contribute to the non-proliferation of nuclear weapons through the implementation of two sets of Guidelines for nuclear exports and nuclear-related exports. These Guidelines as well as additional information on the NSG, including the results of all recent Plenary Meetings and an IAEA Information Circular document entitled The Nuclear Suppliers Group: Its Origins, Role and Activities, can be found on the “Documents” page of this website.

My chairmanship of the NSG began with the 26th Plenary Meeting on 23 and 24 June 2016 in Seoul, Republic of Korea (ROK). This year marks the 20th anniversary of Korea’s membership in the Group, and this is the ROK’s second opportunity to coordinate the work of the NSG following the 2003 Plenary in Busan. I feel a great sense of responsibility to have been entrusted with this important assignment and will build on the excellent work of previous Chairs and work closely with Participating Governments to ensure that the NSG remains an effective, efficient and relevant organization within the non-proliferation and disarmament regime.

At the 2016 Seoul Plenary, the NSG expressed its concerns regarding continued global proliferation activities and reiterated its firm support for the full, complete and effective implementation of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The Group further expressed its determination to continue close cooperation in order to deter, hinder and prevent the transfer of controlled items, technology or software that could contribute to nuclear weapons or other nuclear explosive devices.

The NSG also welcomed the growing number of States that have harmonized their national export control systems with the NSG Guidelines and Control Lists and discussed options for enhancing outreach. As Chair, I will be considering ways and means of engaging in outreach with a service, and will liaise as appropriate with the International Atomic Energy Agency, interested States and outside bodies to ensure dissemination of the updated Guidelines and Control Lists, facilitate adherence to the same by all nuclear supplier States and improve public awareness about the work and mission of the Group.

I appreciate your interest in the NSG and with your support I look forward to a productive year helping the NSG keep up with the evolving global security landscape and a fast-paced nuclear and nuclear-related industry.

Ambassador SONG Young-wan

Chair of the Nuclear Suppliers Group

2016–2017