Past event

Research Event

UNSCR 1540 Ten Years On: Preventing Non-State Actors from Acquiring WMD

Chatham House, London

International Security Department

Event documents

ISD agenda
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Meeting Summary: UNSCR 1540 Ten Years On: Challenges and Opportunities
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Overview

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the UN Security Council’s adoption of resolution 1540, which requires all states to take measures to prevent non-state actor involvement in proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. This issue is particularly timely given the continued threat from non-state actors, such as extremist groups. In the past decade, considerable resources have been devoted to developing national legislation and to build capacity in the area of export and border controls. 

This event will include participants from the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs, 1540 Committee, and Group of Experts, and will focus on challenges and opportunities for the implementation of 1540 into the resolution’s second decade. It will also provide an opportunity to continue the discussion on the role of civil society in supporting national and international efforts to implement resolution 1540 ahead of the 2015 NPT Review Conference and 2016 Comprehensive Review. 

This event is being co-hosted with Project Alpha, King’s College London in partnership with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, with the support of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.