On 14 June 2018, Latvia is to assume chairmanship of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) for 2018-2019. At the NSG Plenary Meeting in Jūrmala, Latvia’s chairmanship will be launched by the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Edgars Rinkēvičs.
The NSG chairmanship of Latvia will contribute to international security policy issues and control over the export of strategic goods. It will raise the profile of Latvia as a country and of Latvia’s manufacturers and exporters of nuclear materials and technologies.
Latvia is the first Baltic State to chair the NSG.
The NSG is one of the strategic export control regimes. There are currently four export control regimes (in Latvian) in the world, established to strengthen security environment. Strategic export controls have been set up to prevent an uncontrolled transboundary movement of military and dual-use goods.
The NSG was created in 1975, and currently its membership comprises 48 nuclear supplier countries from across the globe seeking to limit the exports of nuclear materials and technologies. Lists of items have been drawn up that can be exported to non-nuclear states if certain International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) safeguards are observed.
The approval of a candidacy for the NSG chairmanship requires the consensus of all 48 Participating Governments.
10.00 – Address by Foreign Minister Edgars Rinkēvičs at the Plenary Meeting (in English)
Venue: Jūrmala, Baltic Beach Hotel (ground floor). Photo&Video opportunity