From July 12-13, 2012, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Poland and United Nations Office For Disarmament Affairs in cooperation with the Stimson Center hosted a regional workshop that addressed current challenges and opportunities related to the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540).
Globalization has facilitated a complex world trade system through which weapons of mass destruction materials and technologies can be more easily proliferated than ever before. At the same time, a number of countries consider implementation of international non-proliferation norms, such as UNSCR 1540, as too costly, especially when set against national development and security priorities.
The full and effective implementation of the Resolution not only fortifies global efforts to prevent the acquisition and use by terrorists of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons and materials. If approached innovatively, it can bring direct benefits to other national priorities: public health, citizen’s safety, economic growth and development. This workshop seeked to define opportunities that enable participating governments to capitalize on available assistance and partnerships, providing the opportunity to build mutually reinforcing capacities to address a plethora of security and development issues, while implementing more durable cooperation on global nonproliferation.
To view the agenda for the event, please click here.