Seminar: Strengthening nuclear disarmament verification

On 30 October 2017, VERTIC and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) hosted a seminar to discuss views on the possibility of establishing a Group of Scientific and Technical Experts on Nuclear Disarmament Verification. The meeting was held at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. At the seminar, VERTIC reported on the results of a series of regional consultations it had convened on the idea and distributed an embargoed publication summarising these discussions.

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Trust & Verify No. 158 now online

Trust & Verify Issue No. 158 is now available. In this issue, John Carlson’s article ‘Nuclear Weapon Prohibition Treaty: A Safeguards Debacle’ discusses the potential dangers with the newly adopted treaty from a safeguards perspective. Amongst several concerns, his principal is that it may slow the adoption rate of the Additional Protocol. Painting a bleak picture, Nevine Schepers then writes about the need to revisit Tritium controls.

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Internship opportunity in VERTIC’s National Implementation Measures Programme

VERTIC’s National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme is currently looking for interns with a start date in mid-November. You can find full details of the advertisement on our internships page. To give effect to international arms control and non-proliferation instruments, States must bring their domestic law into conformity with their obligations under international law. The need to implement national measures was also highlighted by the adoption of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540) in April 2004. This resolution obliges States to enact and enforce effective laws and supporting measures to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, biological and chemical weapons, related materials and their means of delivery and to prohibit non-State actors, especially terrorists, from developing and using such weapons. The NIM Programme also provides cost-free assistance to interested States for adherence to and implementation of certain CBRN treaties and related legal instruments. This includes universality workshops, reviewing and commenting on existing draft legislation or providing assistance in the drafting of new laws during workshops in capitals.

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2017 Nobel Peace Prize

VERTIC congratulates the International Campaign to Abolish Nuclear Weapons (ICAN) for being awarded the 2017 Nobel Peace Prize.

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