Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, and David Cliff, Researcher in the Verification and Monitoring Programme, participated in the Wilton Park conference "Nuclear non-proliferation: preparing for the 2015 NPT Review Conference" during 15-19 December.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the Second Myanmar-US/UK Nonproliferation Dialogue in Yangon during 4-5 December.
VERTIC attended the Meeting of States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention during 1-5 December in Geneva, Switzerland as well as the Conference of States Parties to the Chemical Weaons Convention held in the same week in The Hague, the Netherlands.
A Chinese version of the 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' is now available on the VERTIC website. The Kit was developed by VERTIC at the request of the Indonesian government, and presented by the Vice President to the third Nuclear Security Summit which took place in The Hague during 24-25 March.
This VERTIC report, commissioned by the Network for Social Change’s Remote Control project, analyses the impact of cyber assets and threats on states’ security strategies and international stability. The report aims to provide an introductory approach to the subject that can help inform the development of concepts, planning and policy-making on cyber security issues.
Hugh Chalmers, Researcher for the Verification and Monitoring Programme, gave a presentation on the implementation and verification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) to a roundtable organised by the Chemical Weapons Convention Coalition in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In a new blog post kindly reposted from the Royal United Services Institute (RUSI) Newsbrief, Hugh Chalmers discusses the challenges facing both Iran and the IAEA in resolving all past and present issues under their Framework for Cooperation.
Read the new post here.
On 3 November, representatives of the Governments of Canada and the United Kingdom briefed the UN Security Council's 1540 Committee, at its 62nd formal meeting, on VERTIC's 'Legislative Guide to National Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)'. The Guide was developed by VERTIC's National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme, with generous financial support from Canada's Global Partnership Program and the UK Foreign Office's Strategic Programme Fund.
Two chapters written by Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, have been included in the second version of 'The Chemical Weapons Convention: A Commentary'. The Commentary was published by Oxford University Press in August and is now available here. The editors are Walter Krutzsch, Eric Myjer, and Ralf Trapp.
Within the framework of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE), the third and final technical assistance visit of an international consortium to Cambodia, Laos, Malaysia and the Philippines is taking place during the month of November 2014.
To mark the 10th anniversary of UN Security Council Resolution 1540, which requires UN member states to adopt measures to prohibit and prevent non-state actors from engaging in activities involving nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, Chatham House organised an event on the resolution on Wednesday 5 November.
VERTIC Research Assistant Alberto Muti presented to the IAEA Safeguards Symposium on VERTIC's assistance with national implementation of the Additional Protocol, and the database of national implementation approaches that has emerged from this work.
In this issue, Hartwig Spitzer considers developments in the implementation of the Open Skies treaty, and how the agreement has functioned during the conflict in Ukraine. Plus: Verification Watch, Science and Technology Scan, Events and Publications, and VERTIC programme news.
A Portuguese version of the National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security is now available on the VERTIC website.
VERTIC's Legal Officers Yasemin Balci and Sonia Drobysz participated in the Third EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Conference held in Brussels, Belgium this week.
Yasemin Balci, Legal Officer, and Scott Spence, Acting Programme Director, are representing VERTIC at the Meeting of Experts to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) during 4-8 August in Geneva, Switzerland.
Three weeks ago, VERTIC hosted a conference at Wilton Park examining arms control and disarmament verification.
Read the post here.
Ambassador Lyall Grant of the UK Mission to the United Nations highlighted the 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' in his speech to the UN Security Council, during an open debate to commemorate the 10th Anniversary of Resolution 1540 on 7 May.
On 25 March, VERTIC participated in a conference held at Cairo University on Egyptian approaches to nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The conference was co-organised by the faculty of Economics and Political Science at Cairo University, the Egyptian Council for Foreign Affairs and the British American Security Information Council (BASIC).
VERTIC has published a 'Legislative Guide on National Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)'.
Vice-President Boediono of the Republic of Indonesia presented the 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' to the Nuclear Security Summit today in The Hague. The Summit took place during 24-25 March.
In today's blog post, Scott Spence, Acting Programme Director for National Implementation, writes about Indonesia's contribution to the Nuclear Security Summit in The Hague this week - a 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security'. For more, click here.
On 18 March, the Malawian government organised an awareness-raising workshop on national implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) in collaboration with VERTIC. Malawi signed the BWC in 1972, but did not ratify it until April last year. Since ratification of the Convention, Malawi has proceeded with taking important steps to implement the BWC at the national level, including the organisation of this workshop for government officials from various ministries and agencies.
From 1-4 March, VERTIC Senior Researcher Hassan Elbahtimy took part in a conference organised by the Centre for Security Studies (CSS), ETH Zurich, on the history of NPT negotiations. The conference was titled ‘The Making of a Nuclear Order: Negotiating the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty’ and investigated the motives, intentions, incentives and disincentives that shaped the decisions of specific governments to be part of, or refuse participation in the new regime.
Yesterday (5 March), the National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security (Kit) developed recently by VERTIC at the request of the Indonesian government—to assist countries in implementing nuclear security-related legislation—was featured as a highlight in a new joint report by the Arms Control Association and the Partnership for Global Security.
Nepal, together with UNRCPD (UN Office for Disarmament Affairs through the Regional UN Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific) and the BWC Implementation Support Unit, organized a workshop on the national implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC). The workshop was held in Kathmandu from 20 to 21 February 2014.
When the six powers and Iran announced in Geneva on November 24, 2013 that they had agreed to an “initial step” toward comprehensive resolution of the nuclear crisis, some critics glumly predicted that a final deal would never materialize. It was more likely, they asserted, that Western states keen to curb Iran’s nuclear program would face ever-greater pressure to lift sanctions, fortifying Iran’s resolve to resist long-term limits on sensitive nuclear activities. Ultimately, according to this dusky scenario, Iran would outlast its adversaries, sanctions would wither, and Iran would emerge with a rejuvenated economy and with its nuclear program back on track.
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