In 2010, the 1540 Committee adopted revised procedures to rationalize, improve and accelerate response to assistance requests and facilitate match-making.
On 10 March 2011, the Committee sent a note verbale to all Member States to raise awareness of its recently enhanced procedures for processing assistance requests and to encourage States to provide updated information regarding any previously submitted requests for or offers of assistance, as well as any updated contact details. A similar note verbale was sent to relevant international organizations.
Compared with the assistance information it received for its 2008 report, the Committee has identified a slight increase in the numbers of assistance requests and offers, although these were more substantive than previously. Formal requests were submitted to the Committee by Armenia, Azerbaijan, Colombia, Côte d’Ivoire, Congo, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Guatemala, Iraq, Madagascar, Mexico, Mongolia, Qatar, Serbia and Uganda. Additionally, formal requests were also submitted to the Committee by two regional organizations, the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) and the Central American Integration System (SICA). These requests were circulated by the Committee to more than 45 potential assistance partners — both States and international organizations — for which some 20 offers were received. Four States have indicated their interest formally or informally for a possible country visit.
The Committee prepared a consolidated list of 39 assistance requests in November 2010 with a summary of the status of each request, to facilitate matchmaking. This consolidated list of assistance requests also includes requests channelled through national reports or through referrals from other United Nations entities or international organizations. The consolidated list was communicated by the Chair of the Committee to the G-8, the European Union and other providers of assistance.
Of the 39 requests for assistance on the consolidated list distributed by the Committee in November 2010, 20 involved training projects, 18 asked for expertise, 15 for equipment, 8 for generic assistance projects and 4 for funding (some States requested multiple types of assistance, which is why the total number of projects exceeds the number of requests). States have reported to the Committee that they have received or provided assistance directly relevant to 37 of these 39 requests either through bilateral or multilateral programmes, or in conjunction with international bodies, with two additional States obtaining assistance indirectly for their requests. The Committee continues to distribute information on new requests and offers.
Several relevant international organizations have integrated the objectives of resolution 1540 (2004) into their assistance efforts. The Committee notes in particular that the assistance programmes of IAEA, OPCW, the implementation support unit of the Biological Weapons Convention, the World Customs Organization (WCO), the European Union and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime contribute to or complement the overarching framework or objectives of resolution 1540 (2004).
Pursuant to paragraph 13 of resolution 1810 (2008), which requested the Committee to consider options for developing and making more effective existing funding mechanisms, the Committee provided its reports to the Security Council on 26 December 2008 and 27 March 2009. During the reporting period, several contributions and grants earmarked for support of activities to promote and facilitate the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004) have been made to the General Trust for Global and Regional Disarmament Activities managed by the Office for Disarmament Affairs.
A number of areas of assistance for which States have recurrently expressed a clear interest during outreach events and for which additional financial resources continue to be necessary include:
- 1. (a) Assistance to States in identifying their priority areas for assistance in implementing resolution 1540 (2004), including those States having difficulty in preparing or elaborating reports on implementation of the resolution, but also other States that express a need for assistance in specific areas;
- 2. (b) Assistance to States in preparing national reports, additional information, voluntary action plans and assistance requests for implementing all aspects of resolution 1540 (2004). This activity is important to facilitate stocktaking with regard to relevant multilateral or bilateral assistance programmes already in place and in facilitating the matching of assistance requests and offers to address priority areas identified by States.
(Extracted from Committee 2011 Report from para 109 to 115)