VERTIC participates in Open Consultations on the Comprehensive Review of UN Security Council Resolution 1540

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. The Open Consultations, from 20 to 22 June, were required by paragraph 3 of resolution 1977, which was adopted by the Security Council in 2011. That same resolution reaffirmed the original Resolution 1540 (2004) as well as Resolutions 1673 (2006) and 1810 (2008). Resolution 1977 also stated that the 1540 Committee should intensify its efforts to promote the full implementation by all States of Resolution 1540 and extended the Committee’s mandate through April 2021.

Resolution 1540, which was adopted by the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter in 2004, obliges States to refrain from supporting by any means non-State actors from developing, acquiring, manufacturing, possessing, transporting, transferring or using nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their delivery systems. The resolution also imposes binding obligations on all States to adopt legislation to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and their means of delivery, and to establish appropriate domestic controls over related materials to prevent their illicit trafficking.

The Open Consultations were opened on Monday, 20 June, by the Chair of the 1540 Committee, Ambassador Román Oyarzun Marchesi, Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations, and by the President of the UN General Assembly, Ambassador Mogens Lykketoft, Permanent Representative of Denmark. Their opening remarks were followed by statements from the Deputy Minister for Foreign Affairs of Spain and other members of the 1540 Committee. During General Debate, States had the opportunity to describe how their Governments were implementing the requirements of Resolution 1540, with several making recommendations and suggestions for improvement of implementation of the resolution through 2021.

Tuesday’s Open Consultations began with remarks from the UN Secretary-General, Mr Ban Ki-moon. This was followed by remarks from international and regional organisations and from civil society organisations such as VERTIC. VERTIC’s statement, delivered by Mr Spence, can be found here.

Over the course of Tuesday and Wednesday there were thematic discussions on monitoring and national implementation of the resolution, assistance and co-operation, and transparency and media outreach. Mr Spence intervened on behalf of VERTIC during the thematic session on assistance and co-operation with a description of how VERTIC goes about providing legislative assistance to States for the national implementation of the resolution (remarks available here).

The Open Consultations concluded Wednesday afternoon with a statement from the Under-Secretary-General and High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Mr Kim won-soo.

During the Open Consultations, there were a number of side events, including on the role of industry in the fight against the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and the role of academia in implementing Resolution 1540. Mr Spence joined the Global Emerging Pathogen Treatment (GET) Consortium and former 1540 Committee expert Dr Dana Perkins for a side event on Wednesday on initiatives to drive a biosecurity, bio-threat reduction and infrastructure development agenda in the wake of the West African Ebola outbreak. The side event was chaired by Mr Trevor Smith, Senior Program Manager, Biological and Chemical Security in the Global Partnership Program of Global Affairs Canada. Mr Spence’s remarks are available here. Dr Perkins' remarks are available here. The final report is available here.

For more information about VERTIC’s National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme, please click here or contact Programme Director Scott Spence.

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