VERTIC, Nuclear Threat Initiative and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands host side event on nuclear security reporting and the Consolidated National Nuclear Security Report at the IAEA conference on International Nuclear Security.
On 5-9 December 2016, Andreas Persbo, Executive Director, attended the annual Wilton Park conference on nuclear disarmament and non-proliferation. The dialogue assessed challenges, opportunities and prospects for the nuclear non-proliferation regime over the 2020 NPT Review cycle.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated this week in a biothreats training seminar at the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) in Paris and in an informal workshop on the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) in Geneva.
Earlier this week, Andreas Persbo, VERTIC's Executive Director, travelled to Tokyo, Japan, for a series of meetings.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, co-organised a legislative consultation workshop on the Biological Weapons Convention and UN Security Council Resolution 1540 in Sierra Leone, during 28-29 November, with the Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium.
VERTIC congratulates Liberia and Nepal on becoming the 176th and 177th States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.
VERTIC is pleased to welcome Mr Noel Stott, a senior fellow at the Institute for Security Studies, as a Senior Researcher on Verification and Monitoring. Mr Stott will bring over 14 years of arms control experience to the Centre.
VERTIC is looking to appoint an administrator, based in its London office.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation - along with Akin Abayomi, Rebecca Katz, Brian Conton and Sahr M. Gevao - co-authored the article "Managing dangerous pathogens: challenges in the wake of the recent West African Ebola outbreak". The article has been published by Routledge (Taylor & Francis Group) in Global Security: Health, Science and Policy - An Open Access Journal and is available here.
On 19 October 2016, Andreas Persbo participated in a First Committee side-event on 'Nuclear Disarmament Verification.'
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in an invitation-only Wilton Park conference in Bridgetown, Barbados, during 4-6 October, on 'Strengthening strategic trade controls in the Caribbean: preventing WMD proliferation and safeguarding borders'.
James Revill, Caitriona McLeish, Alex Spelling and Brian Balmer discusses the implementation of Article X of the Biological Weapons Convention. Simeon Dukic and Matteo Zerini examines two nuclear tests ten years apart.
VERTIC's Executive Director, Mr Andreas Persbo, travelled to The Hague, the Netherlands, on 5-7 September 2016 to deliver two lectures; one on the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty and another on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the resumed Preparatory Committee meeting for the Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention, during 8-12 August in Geneva.
VERTIC is looking to recruit a Senior Researcher to its London Office. For more information, see our opportunities page.
VERTIC congratulates Angola on becoming the 175th State Party to the Biological Weapons Convention.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the Fifth Consultative Meeting of the EU Non-Proliferation Consortium during 7-8 July in Brussels.
Daniel Davies discusses the implications of Brexit on nuclear safeguards. Hartwig Spitzer returns to give an update on recent developments in Open Skies. Plus verification watch, implementation watch and science and technology scan.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, represented VERTIC this week at the Open Consultations by the Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 on the comprehensive review of the status of implementation of the resolution.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the 11th International Security Forum (ISF) in Geneva during 13-15 June.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the second annual Regional Nonproliferation/Countering WMD Co-ordination Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean. It was held at the Headquarters of the US Southern Command in Miami, Florida during 7-9 June 2016.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in an international symposium co-organised by INTERPOL and the FBI on countering terrorism threats to the food supply. The symposium took place in Lyon, France during 10-12 May.
VERTIC's Executive Director, Andreas Persbo, travelled to Chișinău, Moldova, to deliver two lectures on the illicit trafficking of nuclear and radiological materials.
On 28 April 2016, VERTIC's Executive Director, Andreas Persbo, travelled to Pretoria, South Africa, to present at a roundtable on the future of nuclear disarmament.
This roundtable considers disarmament verification as a way to end the current stalemate on how to eliminate nuclear weapons.
Trust & Verify No. 152 is now online. In this edition, Hugh Chalmers first discusses whether North Korea can produce tritium for second generation nuclear devices. He then returns, together with Angela Woodward, to consider a future research proposal for space. The issue also includes regular features Verification Watch, Implementation Watch, Science & Technology Scan and Centre News.
All previous issues of Trust & Verify can be found here.
On 6-7 April 2016, VERTIC participated in the African Union's (AU) Review and Assistance Conference on the Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) in Africa. The meeting was held in the union's new conference centre in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.
VERTIC's National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme completed its second of two workshops this week, during 6-8 April, with the Government of Jamaica on the implementation of the Biological and Chemical Weapons Conventions, strategic trade control and UN Security Council Resolution 1540.
VERTIC's National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme completed its first workshop this week with the Government of Jamaica on the implementation of Financial Action Task Force Recommendation 7 through Jamaica's 2013 United Nations Security Council Resolutions Act.
VERTIC's Deputy Executive Director, Angela Woodward, has joined the Asia-Pacific Leadership Network. Other New Zealanders in the group include Mr. Jim Bolger, former Prime Minister 1990–97, and Mr. Geoffrey Palmer, former Prime Minister 1989–90.
VERTIC has released VERTIC Brief No. 26, by Joy Hyvarinen.
This brief provides a guide for developing country negotiators and others with a simple and neutral overview of the various negotiations and decisions related to REDD-plus. Separated into four parts, the brief gives an explanation of key terms and concepts related to REDD-plus; an introduction to REDD-plus that summarises its relationship with land use, land-use change and forestry under the Kyoto Protocol; an overview of developments related to REDD-plus at UNFCCC meetings since 2007; and a set of general negotiation tips for new REDD-plus negotiators.
VERTIC is delighted to launch Verification and Implementation in two new digital formats: .epub and .mobi.
On 11 January 2016, VERTIC Senior Researcher Hugh Chalmers was quoted in an article in Nature News, which discussed the monitoring of the DPRK's alleged hydrogen bomb test on 6 January 2016.
On 7 January 2016, VERTIC Senior Researcher Hugh Chalmers appeared on the BBC World Service Science in Action to explain how the detection of radionuclides in the atmosphere could be used to identify whether or not the DPRK tested a hydrogen bomb on 6 January 2016.
Trust & Verify Issue No. 151 is now online, please click here to download.
The DPRK state-run news agency, KCNA, has issued an official announcement claiming that the country has successfully tested its first thermonuclear weapon. The Vienna-based Preparatory Commission of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organisation (CTBTO) has also detected ‘unusual seismic activity in the Korean peninsula’ detected by its International Monitoring System (IMS). The CTBTO and the international community is working to confirm the nature of this event.