The Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) convened the fifteenth meeting of the Global Dialogue on Nuclear Security Priorities in Hiroshima, Japan from June 8-10, 2022. This meeting marked the tenth anniversary of the Global Dialogue, a forum for nuclear security leaders from government, industry, intergovernmental, and nongovernmental organizations to discuss the most pressing nuclear security issues. Initially developed in 2012 to support preparations for the Nuclear Security Summits, the Global Dialogue has continued to meet to foster new ideas to address ongoing challenges in nuclear security and strengthen the global nuclear security system.
During the meeting, participants discussed a variety of topics, including how organizations responsible for nuclear security can better prepare for and adapt to external crises; ways to strengthen the security of advanced nuclear power plants; strategies for advancing international nuclear security architecture; and steps to strengthen cooperation between governments and nuclear industry on security issues.
NTI’s decision to host this anniversary meeting at the International Peace Park in Hiroshima reflects an ongoing effort to strengthen the connections between the nuclear security and nuclear disarmament communities, and to honor those who suffered and died because of nuclear weapons. Global Dialogue participants toured the park and met with Keiko Ogura, a survivor of the Hiroshima nuclear bombing, who spoke about the immediate aftermath and long-term impacts of the bombing. Participants agreed during the meeting that, now more than ever, furthering nuclear security and nonproliferation must be a priority for all.