Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, represented VERTIC at the Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention during 14-18 December in Geneva. This was the last of the meetings during the intersessional process (2012-2015) before next year's Eighth BWC Review Conference.
VERTIC is delighted to announce the launch of Verification & Implementation: a biennial publication bringing together leading practitioners and experts from the field to explain, appraise and propose ideas for strengthening the verification and implementation of international agreements and treaties. Readers of this publication will find practical analysis of verification and implementation issues that can assist them in addressing or researching current challenges faced by the international community.
In November, VERTIC struck up a collaboration with the Sustainable Tropics Alliance, a strategic partnership of leading independent non-governmental organisations working to develop new approaches to low-emission rural development (‘LED-R’) in the tropics.
Wednesday, 16 December 2015, 5:00 - 6:30 PM.
With Mark Hibbs, Senior Associate, Carnegie Endowment for International Peace
It is our pleasure to invite you to the launch of Verification & Implementation: a biennial series that brings together leading issue experts to provide authoritative thinking on the verification and implementation mechanisms that underpin collective approaches to shared security challenges. It resumes VERTIC’s contribution to the high-level debate surrounding verification and implementation, begun by its Verification Yearbook series.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated and spoke at the 3rd Myanmar-UK/US non-proliferation dialogue in Yangon, during 9-10 December.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the 37th Annual Forum of Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA). The meeting took place during 30 November to 1 December in San Salvador, El Salvador with the theme of the role of parliamentarians in support of peace and security.
VERTIC's Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, provided expert advice during a legislative drafting workshop for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in Bangladesh. The workshop took place in Dhaka 23 to 24 November.
On 16 November, VERTIC staff gave a presentation on progress made under its project on ‘Supporting multilateral verification of nuclear disarmament.’ Both Andreas Persbo and David Keir attended the IPNDV meeting.
The report aims to support the growing demand for a more inclusive approach and a broader scope for the exploration of nuclear disarmament verification.
VERTIC's Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, participated in a conference on universalization of the Biological Weapons Convention in Africa, during 29-30 October in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The conference was organised by the African Union (AU) and the Geneva-based BWC Implementation Support Unit.
VERTIC and its National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme were highlighted in a monograph published on 26 October 2015 by the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) based in Pretoria, South Africa. The monograph 'Towards the 2016 Comprehensive Review: Former experts assess UNSC Resolution 1540' was compiled and edited by Nicolas Kasprzyk, Mothepa Shadung and Noël Stott with support from the Government of Norway.
VERTIC's most recent edition of Trust & Verify is available online here.
In this issue, Cindy Vestergaard of the Danish Institute for International Studies, discusses safeguards for the front-end of the nuclear fuel cycle. Plus: Verification Watch, Implementation Watch, Science and Technology Scan, Programme and Publications News, and verification quotes from the past three months.
On 14-15 September, the Institute for Security Studies hosted a workshop in Nairobi, Kenya on enhancing implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540) and related instruments in partnership with the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) Secretariat and the African Union (AU) Commission.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, gave a Guest of the Meeting statement today at the BWC Meeting of Experts, which is taking place during 10-14 August in Geneva. He gave his statement, which can be found here, during Working Session 7 on "Strengthening National Implementation".
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, is representing VERTIC at the BWC Meeting of Experts during 10-14 August in Geneva.
The IAEA is not a party to the JCPOA. But if approved by its Board of Governors, the IAEA will be responsible for monitoring Iran’s compliance with the nuclear provisions of the agreement. Much of what the IAEA will do will be virtually identical with what the IAEA has been doing long before Iran and the six powers concluded the JCPOA, namely, implementing safeguards under Iran’s bilateral safeguards agreement pursuant to Iran’s commitment under the 1968 Nuclear Non-proliferation Treaty (NPT) not to make or possess nuclear weapons.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in a BWC workshop for new diplomats on 3 August in Geneva.
An article by Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, on legislative implementation of UNSCR 1540 has been published in the Summer 2015 issue of the 1540 Compass.
Joy Hyvarinen and Larry MacFaul examine the UN Sustainable Development Goals and provide commentary regarding their adoption in September.
The United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations in New York submitted a set of documents prepared by VERTIC to the United Nations Security Council's 1540 Committee on 28 April 2015, as examples of effective practices for implementation.
Within the framework of the European Union Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative (EU CBRN CoE), a fourth, additional technical assistance visit to Cambodia and the Philippines will take place during the month of June 2015.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the Second Warsaw Conference on "Reducing chemical threats and enhancing chemical safety and security and strengthening the national security and deepening international co-operation" on 28 May.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in events to mark the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the Biological Weapons Convention in Geneva on 30 March.
An update on the Indonesia-VERTIC 'National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security' is discussed in the Arms Control Association and Partnership for Global Security Report: 'The Nuclear Security Summit: Progress Report on Joint Statements' (March 2015).
From 2 to 6 March, the African Union, United States Department of Defense’s Threat Reduction Agency (DTRA) and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) organized a workshop on “Security, the Implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), and Cooperative Threat Reduction in Africa."
In a new blog post republished from the European Leadership Network, Hugh Chalmers discusses the return of the 'P5 Process' to London, its work to date, and the steps it might take to contribute towards a successful 2015 NPT Review Conference.
Read the new post here.
Senior legal officer Yasemin Balci and legal officer Sonia Drobysz participated in a legislative drafting workshop for the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in Burkina Faso from 27 to 30 January.