VERTIC participates in US SOUTHCOM Regional Non-proliferation/Countering WMD Co-ordination Conference

Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in the second annual Regional Nonproliferation/Countering WMD Co-ordination Conference for Latin America and the Caribbean. It was held at the Headquarters of the US Southern Command in Miami, Florida during 7-9 June 2016.

The conference included over 80 participants from the US government (Southern Command and other US Department of Defense officials as well as from the Departments of Energy, Homeland Security and State), the Canadian Government (Global Affairs Canada), the UN Office on Drugs and Crime, the Center for International Trade and Security, UNLIREC and VERTIC.

The conference had the objective of bringing key players together in order to build awareness regarding initiatives on CBRNE (prevention and response), counterporoliferation and countering WMD, and non-proliferation; to strengthen and create relationships among implementers and donors; and to build a foundation for collaborative planning and execution of future endeavors. The geographic scope of the conference was Latin America and the Caribbean (overlapping with the US Southern Command's Area of Responsibility (AOR)).

Mr Spence presented on VERTIC as a legislative assistance partner on UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (available here). He also participated in two panel discussions on "Implementing UNSCR 1540: where have we been, where are we going, and how do we get there?" and "Right-sizing nonproliferation assistance in the Americas: a tailored approach". Finally, he led a Working Group discussion on developing a comprehensive legal and regulatory development strategy in Latin America and the Caribbean.   

VERTIC thanks Global Affairs Canada - Global Partnership Program for their generous support which made our participation in this conference possible.

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

Last changed: Jun 11 2016 at 5:23 PM