29 June 2012
Security Council

Department of Public Information • News and Media Division • New York

Security Council

6795th Meeting (AM)

Adopting Resolution 2055 (2012), Security Council Expands


1540 Committee’s Group of Experts


The Security Council today decided to increase the size of the group of experts attached to its committee monitoring the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004), which aims to keep weapons of mass destruction and their components out of the hands of terrorists and other non-State actors.

Through resolution 2055 (2012), adopted unanimously by the 15‑member body, the Council cited the increased workload of the subordinate body, known as the 1540 Committee, as the reason for its action.

Speaking before the adoption, the representative of Guatemala expressed appreciation for the Committee’s work, but stressed the need to respect the criteria for selecting experts.  In addition to being the most qualified, they must also reflect balanced representation, he said, adding that he would have preferred those criteria to have been respected in expanding the group of experts.  However, Guatemala had joined the consensus in adopting the resolution so as not to impede the Committee’s work.

The meeting began at 9:45 a.m. and ended at 9:48 a.m.


The full text of resolution 2055 (2012) reads as follows:

The Security Council,

Reaffirming its resolutions 1540 (2004) of 28 April 2004, 1673 (2006) of 27 April 2006, 1810 (2008) of 25 April 2008, and 1977 (2011) of 20 April 2011,

Recalling its decision in resolution 1977 (2011) to extend the mandate of the Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004), hereafter the 1540 Committee, until 25 April 2021,

Emphasizing the 1540 Committee’s significantly increased workload over the course of its mandate,

Recalling, in that regard, its decision in paragraph 5 of resolution 1977 (2011) to continue to provide the 1540 Committee with the assistance of experts,

Requests the Secretary-General to increase the size of the group of experts referred to in paragraph 5 (a) of resolution 1977 (2011) to up to nine experts.”

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