Three dozen UN Member States offer to help others prevent weapons proliferation
Responding to a Security Council resolution binding 191 United Nations Member States to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, three dozen governments have signed up to help other countries draft legal frameworks, put in place domestic controls, or share their experiences.
The 36 countries, whose responses have been posted on the web site of the Security Council’s “1540 Committee,” range alphabetically from Argentina to the United States.
Many of the excerpted replies are terse, asking that requests be specific, giving addresses where the relevant government officials should be reached and limiting their sharing to their own geographical regions.
Others go into some detail, such as Liechtenstein, which offered to help other countries and noted that its own legislation had recently been updated to cover the suppression of the financing of terrorism and money laundering.
The Committee said it has developed a matrix to analyze the first national reports submitted by 124 Member States and take into account information they may also provided to the UN Secretariat, the Vienna-based UN International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), and the 172-member UN-affiliated Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), based in The Hague, The Netherlands.