“The Nuclear Suppliers Group: Its Origins, Role and Activities” (INFCIRC 539 Revision 6)

A revised text of the document entitled: “The Nuclear Suppliers Group: Its Origins, Role and Activities” (INFCIRC 539 Revision 6) was published by the International Atomic Energy Agency on 22 January 2015. A link to the document can be found in the “Documents” section under the heading “Publications”.

Good Practices for the Implementation of Brokering and Transit/Transshipment Controls

NSG Participating Governments discussed the issues of brokering and transit/transshipment at the 2014 NSG Plenary (Buenos Aires) and agreed to publish on the NSG website (in "National Practices") an example of good practices in this regard, authored by Germany with the help and the support of a number of Participating Governments, and to inform the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 Committee accordingly. 

Recent NSG Developments

At the 2014 NSG Plenary (Buenos Aires), NSG Participating Governments discussed the issues of brokering and transit/transshipment and agreed to publish on the NSG website an example of good practices in this regard, authored by Germany with the help and the support of a number of Participating Governments, and to inform the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 Committee accordingly.

The 2013 NSG Plenary (Prague) welcomed Mexico and Serbia as new NSG Participating Governments. The Plenary adopted 28 amendments to the NSG Control Lists from the thematic areas "Fuel Fabrication", "Industrial Equipment", "Miscellaneous", "Reprocessing", and "Weaponisation". The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published all 54 agreed amendments (including 26 amendments approved at the 2012 NSG Plenary) in revised IAEA documents INFCIRC/254/Parts 1 and 2 on 13 November 2013. The Plenary also agreed to amend Paragraph 3.a and Annex C of the Part 1 Guidelines to reference recognized IAEA recommendations for physical protection. The Plenary also discussed a framework for industry engagement to be published on the NSG website, as an example of a best practice, and agreed to launch the new, revised NSG website to facilitate information sharing with the public in multiple languages.

The 2012 NSG Plenary (Seattle) approved an amendment to the NSG Part 1 Guidelines in relation to access to nuclear material for peaceful purposes (new Paragraph 12). The Plenary took stock of the ongoing fundamental review process of the Trigger and Dual-Use Lists including the approved 26 amendments to the NSG Control lists from the “Reactors” and “Isotope Separation” thematic areas. The Plenary also approved a paper to guide the NSG’s outreach programme.

The 2011 NSG Plenary (Noordwijk) agreed to strengthen the NSG Part 1 Guidelines on the transfer of sensitive enrichment and reprocessing technologies (paragraph 6 and 7).

 

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