Special Issue: UNSCR 1540 10th Anniversary, issue 6

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Igor Khripunov, Editor, 1540 Compass

From the Editor

As UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1540 (2004) reaches its 10-year jubilee and we take stock of its strengths and weaknesses, it should be recognized that no institution tasked with addressing existential global risks reaches full maturity in such a relatively brief period of time....

Ambassador Oh Joon, 1540 Committee Chair, gives a statement at the joint open briefing of the Chairs of the 
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Op-Ed: 1540 through the fog of war

Coined by the Prussian general Carl von Clausewitz in the nineteenth century, the “fog of war” metaphor illustrates how misrepresentation or a dearth or overload of information may produce uncertainty as to the current state of affairs. Combating non-state actors’ proliferation of weapons of...

Past, Present, and Future

Capstone and mortar: Notes on the creation of UNSCR 1540

When the UN Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540) on April 28, 2004, it created both a capstone and the mortar to unite several disparate international regimes aimed at preventing the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their means of delivery. As a...

A decade of evolution in the international law of WMD

This article is intended to provide an overview of how the past decade of implementing UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1540 has impacted the development of an international law of weapons of mass destruction (WMD). After briefly discussing the legal status of the resolution, I will attempt to...

The way forward for UNSCR 1540

Beyond an assessment of resolution 1540 and its contribution to the global nonproliferation regime, it is also important to try to look forward. This will provide not just a better understanding of what has been achieved but also of what remains to be done, taking into account existing and future...

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime helps states meet 1540 obligations

The UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) is entrusted by the General Assembly of the United Nations with promoting the ratification and effective implementation of the international conventions and protocols related to counterterrorism among member states. UNODC efforts help strengthen the capacity...

Regional Perspective

Implementation in the Asia-Pacific

This year marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1540 (2004), which provides a good opportunity to review the successes and future challenges associated with its implementation in the Asia-Pacific. Numerous activities have been carried out to support...

Bio-Safety Level 3 lab at the Institute Pasteur in Morocco

Developing a biosecurity culture in MENA countries

The objectives of UN Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1540 (2004) are crucial for ensuring that a strong regime is put into place to prevent non-state actors from using biological materials to threaten international peace and security. However, challenges to legal implementation of the Biological...

Source: Presentation made by Bennie Lombard at the Workshop on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004),

Making progress implementing UNSCR 1540 in Africa

According to the U.S.-based Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI)1, while many African countries present a transit or terrorist concern, the continent has not afforded significant attention to the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1540 (2004).2 NTI attributes this largely to a combination...

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