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Through resolution 1540 (2004) and its follow-up resolutions, the Security Council called upon all States to present a report (the “first report”) on steps they have taken to implement the resolution and to submit such a report to the 1540 Committee. As of January 2014, most of the United Nations Member States have submitted such a report. The Committee is aiming to achieve universal reporting.

Further to that, the Security Council, in its resolution 1977 (2011), encouraged States to provide additional information on their implementation of resolution 1540 (2004). Of those, more than half of the Member States have so far submitted additional information.

Through resolution 1977 (2011), States are also encouraged to prepare on a voluntary basis, national implementation action plans to map out their priorities and plans for implementing key provisions of resolution 1540 (2004). Eight such plans have been received by the Committee so far. A number of States are currently in the process of preparing their national action plans.

In response to the Committee’s request to report on national points of contact (PoC), a number of States provided information in this regard.

Overall, the Committee notes that the number of measures taken by States by 2011 has increased compared to its findings in 2008.The chart below presents a graphic view of the number of Member States by the number of Committee matrix data fields in which those States had measures in place in 2011 compared to 2008. As the chart shows, the number of States that had measures in 30 fields or fewer decreased from 63 to 21 and 42 of these States have measures now applicable to more than 30 data fields. The average number of measures per State in these data fields rose to 128 in 2011 from 93 in 2008.

Total number of matrix data fields with measures in place by Member States 2008 and 2011