Verification and Monitoring (VM)
Staff: David Keir (Programme Director), Larry MacFaul (Senior Researcher), Hassan Elbahtimy (Senior Researcher), David Cliff (Researcher), Russell Moul (Research Assistant) and Alberto Muti (Research Assistant)
The Verification and Monitoring Programme focuses on the verification and monitoring of international agreements and other instruments. The Programme focuses on nuclear disarmament verification, verification of nuclear non-proliferation and safeguards agreements, verification and monitoring of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test-Ban Treaty and exploration of next generation arms control verification issues.
The Verification and Monitoring Programme's active projects are:
- Supporting multilateral disarmament verification: the role of international organizations
- Additional Protocol
- Robotics in verification
In addition, the Programme engages in consultancies for governments and intergovernmental organizations. These are not publicized on our website. These consultancies include conceptualization and production of verification systems concepts and planning, as well as the production of working papers. For more information on what services the Programme can provide, please contact David Keir, Programme Director.
From time to time, the Programme gives grants to other organizations. Grantees have included the British American Security Information Council, Human Rights Watch, the International Network for Emerging Nuclear Specialists and International Pugwash.
Staff of the Verification and Monitoring Programme make regular contributions to activities such as the CTBTO Capacity Building Initiative, the ESARDA Working Group on Novel Approaches and New Technologies, ESARDA Working Group on Verification Technologies and Methodologies, and the University of Oslo's Capacity building and education in nuclear disarmament project.
The Verification and Monitoring Programme has also been working in partnership with Wilton Park on verification conferences since 2011.
National Implementation Measures (NIM)
In order to give effect to international arms control and non-proliferation instruments, States must bring their domestic law into conformity with their obligations under international law. The need to implement national measures was also highlighted by the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540) in April 2004. This resolution obliges States to enact and enforce effective laws and supporting measures to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, related materials and their means of delivery and to prohibit non-State actors, especially terrorists, from developing and using such weapons.
The NIM Programme advises States on national implementation of the obligations in:
- the Biological Weapons Convention
- the Chemical Weapons Convention
- the international instruments to secure nuclear and other radioactive material
- UNSCR 1540
The NIM Programme also provides cost-free assistance to interested States for adherence to and implementation of certain CBRN treaties and related legal instruments. This includes universality workshops, reviewing and commenting on existing draft legislation or providing assistance in the drafting of new legislation during workshops in capitals. For more information, please click here or contact Scott Spence.
The NIM Programme also conducts consultancies for governments and intergovernmental organizations. These are not publicized on our website. These consultancies include conceptualization and production of implementation materials and national implementation support. For more information, please contact Scott Spence.
The NIM Programme is funded by the Governments of Canada (Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development Canada (Global Partnership Program)), the United Kingdom (Foreign & Commonwealth Office (Strategic Programme Fund)), the United States (State Department (Biosecurity Engagement Program and Chemical Security Program)), and the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute.