Meeting of leaders Pugwash organizations of Kazakhstan and Great Britain

Key conclusions of the meeting
Of President of the Nuclear Society of Kazakhstan,
Chairman of the Pugwash Committee of Kazakhstan V.S. Shkolnik
and Chairman of the British Pugwash Group P. Jenkins
(February 27, 2020, London)


In pursuance of the implementation of the Pugwash Committee Plan for 2020 and with the assistance of the Embassy of the Republic of Kazakhstan in the Kingdom of Great Britain, the first meeting of the leadership of the Pugwash organizations of Kazakhstan and the United Kingdom was held.

The parties exchanged information on the activities of the committees. In turn, V. Shkolnik gave presentation materials on the directions of work of the Pugwash Committee of Kazakhstan.

The main results of the meeting were mutual interest in further cooperation in the following areas:

1.    Nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation.

Peter Jenkins suggested considering a joint seminar on the topic of “Nuclear risk reduction” with Sergey Batsanov (the ex-Ambassador of the USSR/Russian Federation) director of the Geneva office of the Pugwash Conferences.

2.    Renewable energy sources.

Prospects were outlined for a meeting with a member of the British Pugwash Group, Dr. Christopher Watson, who works on renewable energy and climate change.

3. Cooperation between the Youth Department of the Pugwash Committee of Kazakhstan and the Student/Young Pugwash of the United Kingdom (Student/Young Pugwash UK).


*Peter Jenkins joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1973, having graduated from Cambridge with a degree in Classical Philosophy, and having spent two years at the Harvard Graduate School for Arts and Sciences as a Harkness Fellow. His 33-year diplomatic career took him to Vienna (twice), Washington, Paris, Brasilia and Geneva.
In Washington, he was Private Secretary to two Ambassadors in the early 1980’s. In Paris, he dealt with issues arising from the creation of a European single market. In Brasilia, he was Deputy Head of Mission. In Geneva, he was the UK's chief representative to the World Trade Organization in the run-up to the launch of the Doha Round.
In 2001, he was made Ambassador to the International Atomic Energy Agency and other UN organizations at Vienna, where he had first served in the 1970’s. There his primary focus was on the nuclear aspects of international peace and security, especially the Iranian nuclear issue.
He is now a member of The Ambassador Partnership, an international corporate diplomacy partnership, and a frequent contributor to policy debates on Iran’s nuclear activities. From 2010 to 2012, he was an associate fellow of the Geneva Centre for Security Policy. Since 2017, he has been chairman of the British branch of the Pugwash movement.
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