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Dec 18 2015, 3:06 PM

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.

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Dec 16 2015, 1:43 PM

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.

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Dec 11 2015, 3:51 PM

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.

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Dec 10 2015, 5:42 PM

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.

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Dec 10 2015, 5:30 AM

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. 

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Dec 03 2015, 6:47 PM

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.

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Nov 26 2015, 5:20 PM

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.

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Nov 18 2015, 3:50 PM

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.

 
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Nov 16 2015, 2:21 PM

The report aims to support the growing demand for a more inclusive approach and a broader scope for the exploration of nuclear disarmament verification.

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Nov 02 2015, 5:18 PM

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. 

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Oct 27 2015, 5:06 PM

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. 

 

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Oct 26 2015, 12:36 PM
VERTIC participated in a legislative drafting workshop for the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in Dakar, Senegal from 20 to 22 October.
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Oct 05 2015, 6:06 PM

 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.

 

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Sep 22 2015, 2:04 PM

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. 

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Sep 22 2015, 12:22 PM
VERTIC would like to congratulate Angola on its accession to the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), bringing the total number of States Parties to the CWC to 192. The Convention will enter into force for Angola on 16 October 2015.
 
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Sep 14 2015, 12:17 PM
VERTIC is launching two new publications on the multilateral verification of nuclear disarmament during the 59th General Conference of the IAEA. The publications aim to facilitate an informed debate at international and domestic levels on the challenges and opportunities of multilateral verification of disarmament, focusing on the role of the IAEA.
 
The launch event will take place at 12.30pm, Thursday 17th September, at the Vienna Centre for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation (VCDNP), which is located close to the Vienna International Center.
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Aug 13 2015, 11:24 AM

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".

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Aug 10 2015, 10:23 AM

Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, is representing VERTIC at the BWC Meeting of Experts during 10-14 August in Geneva.

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Aug 04 2015, 5:00 PM

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.

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Aug 03 2015, 6:10 PM

Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in a BWC workshop for new diplomats on 3 August in Geneva.

 

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Aug 03 2015, 1:01 PM
The United States has ratified the CPPNM Amendment.
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Jul 30 2015, 8:21 AM

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. 

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Jul 09 2015, 11:47 AM
On 8 July, Italy and Turkey ratified the amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM).
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Jul 09 2015, 11:37 AM
VERTIC would like to congratulate Myanmar on its ratification of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) on 8 July 2015.
 
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Jul 01 2015, 10:33 AM
VERTIC participates in seminar on voluntary national implementation action plans for UNSCR 1540.
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Jun 30 2015, 1:58 PM
In this issue, Hugh Chalmers, Sonia Drobysz and Andreas Persbo reflect on events at the recent NPT Review Conference and what they mean for matters of nuclear verification in the years ahead. The issue also includes regular features Verification Watch, Science &Technology Scan, Programme News and Verification Quotes.
 
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Jun 22 2015, 4:20 PM
VERTIC Legal Officer Sonia Drobysz participated in a conference on “Nuclear Weapons and Human Security” in Sanremo, Italy, on 18 June.
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Jun 21 2015, 1:20 PM

Joy Hyvarinen and Larry MacFaul examine the UN Sustainable Development Goals and provide commentary regarding their adoption in September. 

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Jun 15 2015, 5:47 PM

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.

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Jun 14 2015, 6:10 AM

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.

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Jun 02 2015, 5:22 PM
This week has seen the publication of an article on 'Monitoring the Sustainable Development Goals' co-authored by VERTIC's Larry MacFaul and Joy Hyvarinen.
 
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Jun 01 2015, 1:18 PM

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. 

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May 20 2015, 1:41 PM
Last week, VERTIC Executive Director Andreas Persbo and Acting Programme Director Larry MacFaul presented on VERTIC's work on nuclear disarmament verification at a side-event at the NPT Review Conference at UN Headquarters in New York.
 
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May 06 2015, 5:11 PM
Last week saw the publication, by the Harvard Belfer Center Project on Managing the Atom, of a report on 'IAEA verification of fissile material in support of nuclear disarmament'. The report, by ex-IAEA staffers Thomas Shea and Laura Rockwood, is designed to build on work undertaken by the US-Russia-IAEA Trilateral Initiative from 1996-2002, which investigated the feasibility of IAEA verification of classified forms of weapon-origin fissile material.
 
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Apr 21 2015, 5:53 PM
Today, VERTIC releases the 23rd in its ongoing series of Briefs, on this occasion discussing verification questions surrounding the Iranian nuclear issue in a paper written by Hugh Chalmers and Andreas Persbo.
 
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Apr 13 2015, 5:34 PM
This year marks the 10th anniversary of the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT). On 13 April 2005, the United Nations General Assembly adopted Resolution 59/290, which includes the text of the Convention, and called on all States to sign and ratify, or accede to this new Convention. ICSANT currently has 99 States Parties and 47 Signatories. 
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Apr 13 2015, 10:28 AM
On 23-24 March, NIM legal officer Sonia Drobysz participated in a regional workshop on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 in the Caribbean in Lima, Peru.
 
 
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Apr 01 2015, 8:58 PM
In this issue, Ian Stewart takes an in-depth look at UNSC resolution 1540 and illicit trade in dual-use items and technologies. He reports on the work of Project Alpha, which works to understand and counter illicit trade. The issue also includes regular features Verification Watch, Science & Technology Scan, Programme News and Verification Quotes.
 
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Apr 01 2015, 3:24 PM

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.

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Mar 12 2015, 6:02 PM

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."

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Feb 04 2015, 7:09 PM

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

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Jan 30 2015, 4:54 PM

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.

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Jan 23 2015, 5:15 PM
Senior legal officer Yasemin Balci and legal officer Sonia Drobysz participated in workshops for the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention in Benin and Uganda.
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Jan 09 2015, 12:20 AM
In this issue, Carl Miller of UK think-tank Demos assesses the impact of social media on non-proliferation. Plus: Verification Watch, Science and Technology Scan, Programme and Publications News, and verification quotes from the past three months.
 
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