Canada and UK brief UNSC 1540 Committee on VERTIC's 'Legislative Guide to National Implementation of UNSCR 1540'

On 3 November, representatives of the Governments of Canada and the United Kingdom briefed the UN Security Council's 1540 Committee, at its 62nd formal meeting, on VERTIC's 'Legislative Guide to National Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)'. The Guide was developed by VERTIC's National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme, with generous financial support from Canada's Global Partnership Program and the UK Foreign Office's Strategic Programme Fund. 

The Guide was developed as guidance for States when they are engaged in the process of implementing UNSCR 1540. It identifies and organizes in one document the model laws, implementation kits and handbooks that have already been developed by the IAEA, OPCW, VERTIC and other legislative assistance providers to assist States in implementing the international legal instruments to prohibit and prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and related materials. It is available on the VERTIC website in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

In addition to an Introduction, the Guide has four main parts:

  • Part II covers biological weapons and materials;
  • Part III covers chemical weapons and materials;
  • Part IV covers nuclear weapons / nuclear and other radioactive material; and
  • Part V briefly discusses other international instruments relevant to UNSCR 1540.

Development of the Guide was informed by operative paragraph 12 of UN Security Council Resolution 1977, adopted on 20 April 2011, which requested the 1540 Committee, with its Group of Experts, to:

"…identify effective practices, templates and guidance, with a view to develop a compilation, as well as to consider preparing a technical reference guide about resolution 1540 (2004), to be used by States on a voluntary basis in implementing resolution 1540 (2004), and in that regard, encourages the 1540 Committee, at its discretion, to draw also on relevant expertise, including, civil society and the private sector…"

For additional questions about the Guide, please contact Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence


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