VERTIC NIM Programme highlighted in ISS monograph on 2016 Comprehensive Review of UNSCR 1540

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.

The monograph was the outcome of a meeting, hosted by ISS and with the support of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, of former 1540 Committee experts in Cape Town, South Africa, in May 2015 in line with UN Security Council Resolution 1977. As pointed out in the preface, "Resolution 1977 invited the 1540 Committee ‘to consider developing, in close cooperation with relevant international, regional and sub-regional organizations and other UN bodies, ways to utilize and maintain expertise, including, in particular, of former experts of the group that could be made available for specific missions and assistance needs regarding the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004)’".

Dr Dana Perkins, a former 1540 Expert, presented a paper at the Cape Town workshop in May which was included as a chapter in the monograph titled The 1540 Committee and civil society: strategic blindness and ways to overcome it. She opens the chapter by noting "The effective implementation of United Nations (UN) Security Council 1540 (2004) depends on governments, industry and civil society working together towards their shared goal of preventing the proliferation of WMD. Civil society, academia and industry have already demonstrated in many areas that they are important partners of the 1540 Committee in strengthening the global implementation of Resolution 1540". Dr Perkins adds that: "These efforts [by the National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme] arguably make VERTIC the most prolific and efficient legislative assistance provider in the world in areas related to Resolution 1540’s implementation and an illustrative example of civil society involvement." The chapter concludes with a number of recommendations for the 1540 Committee's consideration.

For further information about the NIM Programme, please click here or contact Programme Director Scott Spence.




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