Background documents

Fact Sheets about UN Security Council Resolution 1540

VERTIC: National Implementation Measures for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)

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UNSCR 1540 documents

Final Document on the 2016 Comprehensive Review of the Implementation of resolution 1540 (2004)

Statement by the President of the Security Council in connection with the “Non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction”
UN Security Council S/PRST/2014/7 (7 May 2014)

Review of the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004) for 2012
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2011 Review of the Implementation of UNSCR 1540
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UNSCR 1540 Committee Report (2011)
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UNSCR 1540 Committee Report (2008)
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UNSCR 1540 Committee Report (2006)
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National Implementation

New Tools for Legislative Implementation of UNSCR 1540: The ‘Legislative Guide to National Implementation of UNSCR 1540 (2004)’ and the ‘National Legislation Implementation Kit on Nuclear Security’
Scott Spence, 1540 Compass, Summer 2015, Issue 9, pp 17-20

Letter dated 28 April 2015 from the 1540 Committee Representative of the United Kingdom Mission to the United Nations to Ambassador Oyarzun Marchesi, 1540 Committee Chair and Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations
Letter dated 20 October 2014 from the Permanent Representatives of Canada and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland to the United Nations addressed to the Secretary-General (S/2014/761)

Workshop Report: “Implementation of UNSC Resolution 1540 at the national level: promotion of best practices and policy and technical co-ordination and co-operation”
Clingendael/VERTIC, March 2009

Report on VERTIC’s Technical Coordination Meeting: For legislative assistance facilitators and providers in the nuclear, chemical and biological weapons fields
VERTIC Brief no. 9, March 2009

NIM@10 A decade of implementation work
Scott Spence, Trust & Verify No.160, VERTIC, Spring 2018

National implementation evolves
Scott Spence, Trust & Verify No.136, VERTIC, January-March 2012

Disruptive, Destabilising, and Dual-Use: The Proliferation Risks of 3-D Printing
Matt Korda Trust and Verify No.157, VERTIC, Summer 2017

2016 Comprehensive review of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)
Sonia Drobysz, Trust and Verify No.155, VERTIC, Winter 2017

Preventing illicit trade in dual-use items & technologies
Ian Stewart, Trust & Verify No.148, VERTIC, January-March 2015

UNSC resolution 1540 reaches tenth anniversary
Ching Fung and Samuel Nurding,, Trust & Verify No.145, VERTIC, April-June 2014

UNSCR 1540 Brochure
United States Department of State, January 2013

Implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1540: A Risk-Based Approach
Peter Crail (45 pages), The Nonproliferation Review, July 2006, Volume 13, no. 2

Meeting the Objectives of UN Security Council Resolution 1540: the role of civil society
Brian Finlay, Stimson Centre, December 2012

The role of regional and sub-regional organizations in implementing UN Security Council Resolution 1540: a preliminary assessment of the African continent
Johan Bergenas, with guidance and commentary by Dr. Lawrence Scheinman for the UNIDIR-MIIS cooperative project on regional organizations and 1540. UNIDIR Highlights: number 5, 2007

UNSCR 1540: An Overview of Extraterritorial Controls Over Non-State WMD Proliferation
Nautilus Institute, February 2012

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 at the Crossroads: The Challenges of Implementation 
The Stanley Foundation, December 2009

UNSCR 1540: Toward a Safe, Secure World
The Stanley Foundation, November 2012

National measures to implement WMD treaties and norms: the need for international standards and technical assistance
Angela Woodward and Andreas Persbo (Report no. 32, Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission, May 2005)

Security Council Resolution 1540 to Combat WMD Terrorism: Effectiveness and Legitimacy in International Legislation
Masahiko Asada, Journal of Conflict and Security Law 2008 13(3):303-332; © Oxford University Press 2008; all rights reserved.

The Future of Arms Control Law: Towards a New Regulatory Approach and New Regulatory Techniques
Erwin Dahinden, Journal of Conflict and Security Law 2005 10(2):263-277; © Oxford University Press 2005; all rights reserved.

Challenges of UNSCR 1540: Questions about International Export Controls
Cassady Craft, Center for International Trade and Security (CITS), University of Georgia

Chapter 5: ‘Legal aspects’ in Public health response to biological and chemical weapons: WHO guidance
World Health Organization (2004), WHO/CDS/CSR/LYO/2004.7   EnglishRussianJapanese, Full Report, Weblink