National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme staff members Scott Spence (Programme Director), Sonia Drobysz (Senior Legal Officer) and Cédric Apercé (Legal Officer) represented VERTIC at the Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), and related side events, during 30 November through 7 December in Geneva.
VERTIC attends the CWC Conference of States Parties
VERTIC's Verification and Monitoring Programme releases a new report on how to accelerate progress on the verification and monitoring of future nuclear disarmament commitments.
VERTIC’s Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, participated in Fact-Finding Visits in Brunei Darussalam and Malaysia during 20-24 November as part of EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Project 61. These were the first two of ten visits to the project countries through March 2018.
VERTIC participates in BWC legislative drafting workshop in Côte d'Ivoire
VERTIC’s Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, participated in the Second Project 53 Regional Meeting: Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries, which took place in Tashkent, Uzbekistan during 2-3 November.
NIM Legal Officer participates in 2nd OIE Global Conference on Biological Threat Reduction in Ottawa
On 30 October 2017, VERTIC and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) hosted a seminar to discuss views on the possibility of establishing a Group of Scientific and Technical Experts on Nuclear Disarmament Verification. The meeting was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. At the seminar, VERTIC reported on the results of a series of regional consultations it had convened on the idea and distributed an embargoed publication summarising these discussions.
Senior researcher Noel Stott attended the 2017 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference, from 19-21 October 2017. The event was organised by the Center for Energy and Security Studies (CENESS) in partnership with the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation at VERTIC, assisted officials from a number of Jamaican ministries and agencies to address policy and technical matters on a draft bill to implement the Biological Weapons Convention, Chemical Weapons Convention and strategic trade controls thereto.
VERTIC participates in a BWC legislative drafting workshop in Ghana
Trust & Verify Issue No. 158 is now available. In this issue, John Carlson's article 'Nuclear Weapon Prohibition Treaty: A Safeguards Debacle' discusses the potential dangers with the newly adopted treaty from a safeguards perspective. Amongst several concerns, his principal is that it may slow the adoption rate of the Additional Protocol. Painting a bleak picture, Nevine Schepers then writes about the need to revisit Tritium controls.
VERTIC congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.
VERTIC congratulates Samoa on becoming the 179th State Party to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Samoa deposited its instrument of accession with the United States (one of the Convention's depositaries along with Russia and the United Kingdom) on 21 September 2017.
VERTIC conducts a workshop on national legislation for the implementation of the BWC in Freetown, Sierra Leone
Today, Larry MacFaul stepped down as the editor of VERTIC's publications series to enable him to focus on his responsibilities as Programme Director for Verification and Monitoring.
In this issue, Matt Korda's article 'Disruptive, Destabilising, and Dual-Use: The Proliferation Risks of 3-D Printing' discusses some basic security concerns related to additive manufacturing. Madison Estes then returns with the article 'Maintaining strategic stability with the development of Conventional Prompt Global Strike systems’
Combating and eradicating illegal, unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing is necessary to achieve the sustainable use of marine capture fisheries. UN member states have pledged to do so by 2020, as part of their commitment towards the Sustainable Development Goals.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, spoke at the 1st International Scientific Conference on CBRNe, which took place in Rome, Italy during 22-24 May.
VERTIC is looking to appoint a researcher or a senior researcher to work in its verification and monitoring programme.
Noel Stott, Senior Researcher, participated in the 39th ESARDA Symposium on Safeguards and Nuclear Non-Proliferation, held at the Meliá Düsseldorf, in Düsseldorf, Germany from 16-18 May 2017. He also delivered a presentation in one of the sessions.
Members of the Verification and Monitoring team attended the NPT PrepCom in Vienna, from May 9th to 12th. VERTIC hosted one side-event, discussing the viability of a Group of Scientific Experts on Disarmament Verification. VERTIC also hosted an informal consultation with European states at the VCDNP.
Effective nuclear disarmament verification is an essential precondition for achieving ‘a world without nuclear weapons’. Without verification and the two fundamental principles of transparency and irreversibility, nuclear disarmament activities may not credibly provide the trust and confidence needed by all states in a world where all weapons have been abolished.
In this issue, Madison Estes article 'Rebuilding Trust through Verification Reinstatement in the INF, An Opportunity for Improving U.S.-Russia Relations,' considers recent developments under the 1987 Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty.
Plus: Verification Watch, Implementation Watch, Science & Technology Scan, Verification Quotes and VERTIC News.
VERTIC’s Verification and Monitoring Programme has completed two workshops aimed at gathering views on a prospective Group of Scientific Experts for Nuclear Disarmament Verification (GSE-NDV). The programme held the first workshop, for European states, in Vienna, Austria, on 11 and 12 April 2017. The second workshop, for African countries, was held outside Pretoria, South Africa, on 19 and 20 April 2017.
Katherine Tajer participates in the International Nuclear Safeguards Engagement Program (INSEP): Sub-regional Workshop for SQP Countries.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the Workshop in Support of BWC Action Extended Assistance Programmes, which took place in Geneva on 29 March.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the 7th Annual International Symposium on "Biosecurity and Biosafety: Future Trends and Solutions" in Milan, Italy during 22-24 March.
On 10 March, Andreas Persbo, Executive Director, had his article 'Compliance science: the CTBT's global verification system' published in The Nonproliferation Review.
On 17 March, Andreas Persbo, Executive Director, ventured over to Kings College London to deliver a lecture on 'Verification: Theory, practices and technology.'
VERTIC’s Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, participated in a number of meetings, during 26 January through 3 February, under Project 53 of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Initiative: “Strengthening The National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries”.
In this issue, Maӱlis David, Ekaterina Konovalova, and Clarisse Bertherat consider the outcome of the Biological Weapons Convention Eighth Review Conference that took place in November last year.
VERTIC is looking to appoint a Legal Officer for the National Implementation Measures Programme, based in our London office. If you are interested in applying, please proceed to our Employment Page where you will find instructions for your application.
An article titled "Shifting the Focus from Annual Outreach Activities to Official Visits to States", by VERTIC's Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, was published in the Winter 2016 (Issue 11) edition of the 1540 Compass.