A message from the new 1540 committee chair

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I would like to thank the Center of International Trade and Security at the University of Georgia (USA) for partnering with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs to publish the 1540 Compass journal in its efforts to support and raise awareness on implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1540 (2004).

2014 marks the tenth anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1540. This is a milestone for the 1540 Committee and for UN Member States’ efforts to prohibit the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their means of delivery to non-State actors, in particular for terrorist purposes. In addition, it is an opportunity to reflect on our accomplishments and address challenges ahead of us. Achieving universal reporting and further developing the assistance matchmaking system are priorities at hand.

I am particularly looking forward to initiatives aimed at strengthening the ability of national stakeholders to carry out their implementation responsibilities effectively. Innovative ideas are needed to enhance the 1540 Committee’s ability to respond more nimbly to States’ requests for assistance. In this regard, the 1540 Committee has recently asked all States and relevant international and regional organizations to identify and report on lessons-learned and effective practices in 1540 implementation. The Committee intends to compile and share this information. Contributions from civil society through the 1540 Compass would also help us in these tasks.

Ambassador Oh Joon has been the Permanent Representative of the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations since September 20, 2013. He previously served as Korean Ambassador to Singapore (2010-13) and Deputy Minister for Multilateral and Global Affairs in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (2008-2010).

Ambassador Oh entered the foreign service in 1978 when he joined the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. As Deputy UN Permanent Representative from 2005 to 2007, he also served as Chair of the General Assembly’s Disarmament Commission from 2006 to 2007.

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