VERTIC publishes 'Guide to National Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540'

VERTIC has published a 'Guide to National Implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540'. VERTIC developed this Guide 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 VERTIC, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) and the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to assist States in implementing the legal instruments to prohibit and prevent the proliferation of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and related materials.

This Guide is divided into four parts:

  • Part I covers biological weapons and materials;
  • Part II covers chemical weapons and materials;
  • Part III covers nuclear weapons / nuclear and other radioactive material;
  • Part IV covers other obligations relevant to UNSCR 1540 national implementation relating to the suppression of unlawful activities involving civil aviation, maritime navigation and fixed platforms.

A ‘Quick Reference’ at the end of each Part sets forth a list of the materials discussed in that Part and web links where available.

VERTIC developed this guide toward the objective in Security Council Resolution 1977 (20 April 2011), Operative Paragraph 12, in which the Security Council, inter alia, 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…'

VERTIC can now provide assistance to governments, at no cost, in the development of laws and regulations for national implementation of:

  • UNSCR 1540 (2004);
  • 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC);
  • 1993 Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC);
  • certain international instruments to secure nuclear and other radioactive material, including:
    • 1980 Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Material (CPPNM) (and 2005 amendment);
    • 2005 International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism (ICSANT); and
    • 2003 Code of Conduct on the Safety and Security of Radioactive Sources (Code of Conduct); and
  • certain other relevant international instruments, including:
    • 2010 Convention on the Suppression of Unlawful Acts Relating to International Civil Aviation (Beijing Convention);
    • 1988 Convention for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Maritime Navigation (as amended by the 2005 Protocol); and
    • 1988 Protocol for the Suppression of Unlawful Acts against the Safety of Fixed Platforms Located on the Continental Shelf (as amended by the 2005 Protocol).

For further details, please contact:

Angela Woodward (Programme Director) (angela.woodward [at]
Scott Spence (Senior Legal Officer) (scott.spence [at] (speaks French and Spanish)
Rocío Escauriaza Leal (Legal Officer) (rocio.escauriaza [at] (speaks French and Spanish)
Yasemin Balci (Associate Legal Officer) (yasemin.balci [at] (speaks Dutch, French, and Turkish)



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