The latest report by the UN Panel of Experts on the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea (DPRK) published on 9 March 2019 documents the various ways in which North Korea has continued, over the past year, to evade and violate international sanctions under which it is prohibited from dealing with other States due to concerns about its nuclear weapons and missile technology programmes.
In Trust & Verify’s first Verification Watch article, Researcher Elena Gai writes about the Hanoi Summit between US President Donald Trump and DPRK Chairman Kim Jong-Un. Before one thinks about how to verify, it is essential to consider what to verify. While there has been some progress on denuclearisation, much more remains to be done.
Last week, we published Trust & Verify No. 163. In the lead article, I write about science diplomacy as a concept and exemplifies this by looking at some relatively recent VERTIC experiences. Science diplomacy is starting to become studied in depth by the European Union, through Horizon 2020 and its S4D4C project. Science diplomacy is engrained in arms control, and especially so in verification. However, much work remains to bring it into an accepted multilateral framework.
Regular followers of our work will know that we’ve experimented with several ways in which we can bring Trust & Verify, as well as our opinions out to the broader community. In the past, we have struggled to do so effectively, but thanks to Tarek Atrissi design, we are now able to realise some of our aspirations.
Over 170 representatives from Central Asia, the Caucasus, Eastern and Western Europe, the United States, various international organisations and NGOs (WHO, OIE, IFBA, EBSA, UNICRI, UNOG, ISTC, VERTIC), participated in a biosafety and biosecurity conference in Tashkent, Uzbekistan last week.
On March 11-12, the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace held its 2019 Carnegie International Nuclear Conference. Researcher Elena Gai participated and attended meetings focused on VERTIC’s research topics.
NIM Programme Director Sonia Drobysz and Legal Officer Cédric Apercé participated in a Legislative Drafting Workshop for the Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in Lebanon on 22-24 January 2019.
VERTIC participates in a WHO Technical Consultation on Civilian and Military Health Collaboration