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The Nuclear Suppliers Group: Its Future in a Low-Carbon World

Past Event

February 8, 2022

10:00 am - 11:30 am

The Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) is a group of 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. The Center on Global Energy Policy hosted two panels of experts to discuss past NSG activities as well as current policy topics confronting the group. The first panel focused in particular on the NSG export control lists and their associated guidelines, as well as institutional aspects of the group. The second panel highlighted policy topics such as membership, outreach, and implications for the NSG from a potential growth in nuclear energy usage by 2050 to address climate change.

Opening Remarks:

  • C.S. Eliot Kang, Acting Assistant Secretary for International Security and Nonproliferation, U.S. Department of State


  • Matt Bowen, Research Scholar, Center on Global Energy Policy at Columbia University SIPA

Panel 1:

  • Ambassador Piet de Klerk, Co-chair for the International Partnership for Nuclear Disarmament Verification and former NSG Chair from the Netherlands
  • James A. Casterton, Independent Consultant and former Chair of NSG Dual Use Consultations from Canada
  • Kazuko Hikawa, Professor of Graduate School of International Collaboration and Coexistence in the 21st Century, Osaka Jogakuin University; Co-Founder, World New Prosperity; and former member of the NSG Point of Contact from Japan

Panel 2:

  • Ambassador Benno Laggner, Resident Representative of Switzerland to the IAEA and former NSG Chair from Switzerland
  • Györgyi Martin Zanathy, Ambassador, Retired; and former NSG Chair from Hungary
  • Ambassador Veronika Kuchyňová Šmigolová, former NSG Chair from the Czech Republic


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