United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 mandates that all countries take the necessary steps to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, biological, and chemical weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by nonstate actors. While implementation of the resolution is slow and uneven, its growing acceptance as a legitimate international security instrument opens the doors for innovative ways to meet the needs of both the Global North and Global South.
1540 in Practice
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|UNSCR 1540: Fostering Regional Momentum|
This policy memo is based on a series of discussions by a group of UN and government officials, as well as representatives of regional, subregional, and nongovernmental organizations at the Stanley Foundation’s 44th annual UN Issues Conference. Discussion focused on how best to foster regional momentum, facilitate buy-in from countries across the Global South, and overcome challenges facing donors and recipient partners, with an eye to seeking additional... Read More
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Ahead of the third Nuclear Security Summit, the Stanley Foundation produced a 13-minute video looking at what needs to be done to stop terrorist groups from acquiring enough fissile material to make a bomb. The foundation talked with over a dozen diverse and distinguished experts from the Nuclear Security Governance Experts Group and the Fissile Materials Working Group to see how today's patchwork of voluntary arrangements can be forged into a long-lasting system. Watch the video.
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