1540 Committee
Security Council Committee established pursuant to resolution 1540 (2004)

  Committee Meetings

Date Summary
21 August 2019


On 21 August 2019, the 1540 Committee held informal consultations and discussed the ongoing update of the national 1540 matrices and the timeline of the 2021 Comprehensive Review. The Committee further heard briefings from UNODA and the DPPA on updates in the offices’ respective areas in support of the activities of the 1540 Committee.

7 June 2018


On June 7th, 2018, Chile and Colombia made a public presentation of the results of their peer review to the Security Council Committee pursuant to Resolution 1540 (2004) and different delegations from the GRULAC region.

The Committee promotes the sharing of experiences, lessons learned and effective practices in the areas covered by Resolution 1540 (2004), and especially encourages States to conduct, where appropriate, peer reviews on a voluntary basis as they are an excellent tool to evaluate and reinforce effective national and regional capacities.

[Peer Review Report]

26 July 2017


The Committee held its 77th formal meeting on 26 July 2017 and shared updates on the progress of work of the Committee.

The Chair invited all the Working Group coordinators to update the Committee on the progress made in accordance with the 2017 Programme of Work of the Committee, and further the Coordinator of the Group of Experts to also provide updates on the works of the Group of Experts in the first half of 2017.

The Committee designated Senegal and the United Kingdom, two of the vice-chairs of the Committee, to oversee the preparations of the report to the Security Council on the evaluation of the Special Political Mission supporting the Committee, which was mandated by resolution 2325 (2016).

The Committee further discussed, upon the suggestion of the Russian Federation, the potential development of a template that could be used in the future by the Group of Experts or Committee Members, when making statements on behalf of the Committee in outside meetings.

31 January 2017


The Committee held its 76th formal meeting on 31 January 2017. The committee welcomed the new incoming Chair, Ambassador Sacha Sergio Llorentty Solíz of Bolivia, and newly incoming Members of the Committee: Ethiopia, Italy, Kazakhstan, and Sweden.

The Committee discussed the adoption of the Committee’s Programme of Work for 1 February 2017 – 31 January 2018 which was postponed to a later stage due to pending items which required further consultations. Pending issues included the timeline for an evaluation of the Special Political Mission supporting the Committee, which was mandated by resolution 2325 (2016), and specific methods to discuss evolving proliferation risks in the coming year. As set forth in resolution 2325 (2016), the Programme of Work should be submitted to the Security Council before the end of January 2017.

The Committee also welcomed Japan as the newly appointed Coordinator of the Working Group on Monitoring and National Implementation and listened to briefings on all Working Groups’ past activities and plans for 2017. Mr. Enrique Ochoa, on behalf of the Group of Experts, also briefed the Committee on the activities of the Group and its plans for 2017. Members of the Committee commended the efforts of each Working Group Coordinators and the Group of Experts.

Upon the request of the Russian Federation, the Committee also discussed the procedure for signing contracts for members of the Group of Experts.

19 October 2016


The Committee held an informal meeting on 19 October 2016 and discussed the ongoing process of the Comprehensive Review of the implementation status of UNSCR 1540 (2004). Newly incoming committee members were also invited as observers to the meeting to ensure that they are informed of the on-going process. The committee heard from the Director and Deputy to the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, followed by the 1540 Group of Experts Coordinator, providing detailed explanations on key priority areas in the review.

Following the briefings, an active discussion took place as Experts and ODA provided answers to questions and clarifications, taking note of members’ concerns. Members of the committee expressed appreciation to the work of ODA and the Group of Experts and provided specific feedback on the updated Comprehensive Review draft report and further suggestions to improve the report.

The Committee also discussed ways to move forward with the process. The Chair emphasized the need for an efficient and speedy process, but at the same time noted the need for a thorough and mutually agreed review that can produce productive recommendations for the future. The Committee decided to hold further meetings to discuss and finalise the report of the 2016 Comprehensive Review in the near future.

As set forth in resolution 1977 (2011), the report must be submitted to the Security Council before December 2016.

27 September 2016


The Committee held its 75th formal meeting on 27 September 2016. The Chair, Ambassador Román Oyarzun Marchesi of Spain, commended the efforts of all Committee Members, Group of Experts, and Office for Disarmament Affairs on the ongoing process of the Comprehensive Review of the implementation status of UNSCR 1540 (2004). He noted that substantial progress has been made in the implementation of resolution 1540 over the last 5 years, but additional efforts, such as increased number of annual State Visits and National Round-table meetings, more efficient use of Committee resources, and better support to the Committee’s activities, are needed to achieve full and universal implementation.

Following the Chair’s remarks, members of the Committee provided general remarks on the draft report of the 2016 Comprehensive Review, and provided specific recommendations to strengthen the 1540 framework and keep its activities relevant to growing risks and threats. Committee members expressed their appreciation to the Chair’s leadership and the efforts of all parties involved in the Comprehensive Review process, and pledged to stay engaged in discussions on the specifics of the report.

The working group coordinators and the coordinator of the group of experts also made general remarks updating the Committee on their recent activities, and also plans for the remainder of 2016.

29 March 2016


The Committee held an informal meeting on 29 March 2016 to hear a briefing by the Coordinator of Working Group III on progress made in cooperation between the Committee and intergovernmental organizations and other relevant United Nations bodies.

The representatives of the following six organizations were invited to share their experience in cooperation with the 1540 Committee and its Group of Experts, as well as to provide recommendations for improved cooperation: the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate (CTED), the Analytical Support and Sanctions Monitoring Team, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), the International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL), the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the World Customs Organization (WCO).

All the representatives stressed the importance of ongoing cooperation and coordination with the Committee and its Group of Experts and made practical proposals for strengthening cooperation with the aim of contributing to the 2016 Comprehensive Review. The Committee expressed appreciation for their collaborations with the Committee in the areas of mutual interest and hoped to explore avenues of further cooperation.

16 March 2016


The Committee held an informal meeting on 16 March 2016 to hear a briefing by Germany on the outcome of the latest Wiesbaden conference, held on 19-20 November 2015.

The annual Wiesbaden conferences are an initiative of the German Government to enhance partnership with industry in implementing Security Council resolution 1540 (2004). The latest Fourth Wiesbaden Conference on 19-20 November 2015 was dedicated to making contributions to the 2016 Comprehensive Review of implementation of resolution 1540.
Germany also informed the Committee of its intention to organize a briefing on the Wiesbaden conferences during a Committee’s open review meeting with Member States in June 2016.

The Committee commended Germany for the leadership role the Government has played in strengthening partnership with industry and looked forward to Germany’s continuing support to the work of the Committee.

29 February 2016


The Committee organized an informal meeting in the form of a seminar on 29 February 2016. The seminar entitled “The Changing Nature of Proliferation Threats” was organized to inform embers of the Committee on issues of evolving proliferation threats. Four speakers were invited to brief on the following three topics: Intangible technology transfers, proliferation financing and robotics.

Professor Gregory Koblentz of George Mason University provided an overview of proliferation threats posed by recent scientific and technological developments, such as gene editing, 3-D printing, UAV technology and cyber threats, while emphasizing that these scientific and technological advancements could also help implement resolution 1540 (2004). Mr. Raphaël Prenat, 1540 Expert, illustrated the scope, trends and new challenges of intangible technology transfers and made specific recommendations on how to tackle them. Professor Leonard Spector of the James Martin Center for Nonproliferation Studies provided insights on financing proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery means. Mr. Michael Spies from the Office for Disarmament Affairs summarized a recently published “Study on Armed Unmanned Aerial Vehicles: Prepared on the Recommendation of the Advisory Board on Disarmament Matters”, highlighting the chapter that discussed the characteristics and technological trends.

Each presentation was followed by questions and lively discussions. The Committee expressed its appreciation to all speakers for their contributions.

9 February 2016


The Committee held an informal meeting on 9 February 2016. Mr. Kunio Mikuriya, Secretary-General of the World Customs Organization (WCO), was invited to update the Committee on progress made in the ongoing cooperation between the Committee and WCO since his last briefing to the Committee on 28 February 2014 and to discuss possible areas for future collaboration and synergies.

Mr. Mikuriya informed that the WCO Policy Commission adopted in December 2015 a resolution on the role of customs in international security. By this resolution, WCO identified high priority areas where customs could contribute to strengthen international security, and in this context, supported a deeper cooperation with relevant inter-governmental organizations. Mr. Mikuriya informed the Committee on the “WCO Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (STCE) project”. He expressed the expectation that in April 2016 the STCE project would be turned into a medium to long-term programme under which the WCO would be able to deliver more concrete technical assistance and training. The briefing was followed by interactive discussions with Committee members and 1540 Experts.

29 January 2016


The Committee held its 68th formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chair, Ambassador Román Oyarzun Marchesi of Spain, welcomed the new members of the Committee and solicited further support from all members for a successful and timely conclusion of the 2016 Comprehensive Review mandated by Security Council resolution 1977 (2011). The Chair also informed the Committee of the intention of Spain to host an open debate on the result of the 2016 Comprehensive Review during its Presidency in the Security Council in December 2016. In this connection, the Chair expressed hope that the Council would adopt a resolution updating resolution 1540 (2004), which would enable the international community to meet new threats. The Chair further reiterated the importance of achieving the goal of universal reporting by engaging with the remaining seventeen non-reporting States. The Coordinator of each Working Group briefed the Committee on progress made in its respective work plan and planned activities, in particular those geared towards providing timely and valuable contributions to the 2016 Comprehensive Review. The Coordinator and members of the 1540 Group of Experts also reported on their activities. The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs reiterated its readiness to continue to provide support to the work of the Committee. During the meeting, members of the Committee actively exchanged their views on issues falling within the mandate of the Committee.

18 September 2015


The Committee held its 66th formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chair, Ambassador Román Oyarzun Marchesi of Spain, emphasized his ongoing commitment to work toward the goal of universal reporting and recounted his bilateral consultations with most of the remaining eighteen non-reporting States in that regard. The Chair also expressed his appreciation to the Government of China for hosting the first-ever 1540 Points of Contact training course held for States in the Asia-Pacific region, highlighting the critical role of such courses in forwarding the Committee’s regional approach to 1540 implementation.

Following the Chair’s remarks, the Coordinators of the four Working Groups and the Coordinator of the 1540 Group of Experts briefed the Committee on their respective activities and plans for the coming months.

In a subsequent informal meeting of the 1540 Committee, the Chair of the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), Ambassador Roald Næss of Norway, highlighted the connection established by resolution 1540 (2004) between WMD and their means of delivery, and expressed his hope that this first informal meeting between the Committee and MTCR members would foster broader cooperation between the two bodies in their efforts to halt WMD proliferation.

2 September 2015
The Committee held an informal meeting on 2 September 2015. Mr. Martin Chungong, Secretary General of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) was invited to address the Committee. In his remarks, Mr. Chungong underlined the importance of UN Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) in preventing non-State actors from acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery. Mr. Chungong informed the Committee about various approaches and activities of the IPU in support of the implementation of the resolution, including the organisation of regional workshops for members of parliament, conduct of surveys and the publication of a handbook with relevant background materials and examples of effective legislation. In late 2015, a regional workshop for parliamentarians in the African Region will be organized by the IPU with funding support provided by UNODA in Algiers. Members of the Committee expressed support for the enhanced cooperation with the IPU.
25 February 2015
The Committee held its 64th formal meeting, the first in 2015 on 25 February. In his introductory remarks, Ambassador Román Oyarzun Marchesi, the 1540 Chair, and Permanent Representative of Spain to the United Nations, underlined the importance of UN Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) in preventing non-State actors from acquiring and using weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery. The Chair outlined the five main objectives during his tenure, which he said included i) concluding the comprehensive review on the status of implementation of resolution 1540 (2004); ii) achieving universality in reporting by States, iii) enhancing the 1540 assistance mechanism; iv) focusing on regions that should be given particular attention; and v) increasing information and outreach of the 1540 Committee. The Coordinators of the four Working Groups, (Implementation-Chile, Assistance-France, Cooperation with IOs-Jordan, Transparency and outreach-US) briefed the Committee on their respective activities and plans for the coming months. The coordinator of the group of experts informed the Committee about the status of the revision of the matrices and past and upcoming events.
Members of the Committee discussed the Comprehensive Review process, in particular its final outcome and how to go about it. It was decided to hold an informal meeting soon dedicated to a discussion of the conduct of the Comprehensive Review.
11 December 2014
The Committee held its 63st formal meeting. In his introductory remarks, Ambassador Oh Joon, the 1540 Committee Chairman and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, noted that he had participated in the third “Wiesbaden” conference (“Non-Proliferation Risks: Governance and Compliance Management – Dialogue with Industry In Support of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)” held in November in Germany).He expressed hope that the “Wiesbaden process” will build on the success of this year’s conference to continue providing a solid platform for outreach to industry. As this was the last formal meeting of the Committee in 2014 under his Chairmanship, Ambassador Oh Joon offered a few reflections on the work done for the last two years. The Chairman stated that substantial efforts toward the goal of “universal reporting” had been made, which would serve as a solid basis for further progress in the coming years. He also noted that the Committee and the Group of Experts had conducted an impressive number of outreach activities, a particularly encouraging trend being the increase in the Committee’s visits to States at their invitation. The Chairman also highlighted the engagement with civil society, including academia, industry and parliamentarians as another important element in the Committee’s outreach over the past two years. He also stressed that the Security Council Open Debate and the adoption of the Presidential Statement in May, as well as a series of other special events dedicated to the 10th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1540 in 2004, provided strong impetus to the Committee’s future work.

In their statements during the meeting, Committee’s Members expressed appreciation to Ambassador Oh Joon for his leadership as the Chairman of the 1540 Committee. At the meeting, the Coordinators of the four Working Groups provided briefings on their respective activities since the last meeting of the Committee. The coordinator of the group of experts reported its activities since the last meeting of the Committee and plans for the future.
3 November 2014
The Committee held its 62nd formal meeting. In his introductory remarks, Ambassador Oh Joon, the 1540 Committee Chairman and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, outlined key activities of the Committee since its last meeting, including his visit to the People’s Republic of China, at its invitation, to discuss the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004) on 23-24 October and his participation in the Regional Workshop on Promoting Full Implementation of Resolution 1540 (2004), held in Seoul, Republic of Korea, on 27-28 October. Representatives of Canada and the United Kingdom briefed the Committee on the Legislative Guide for the National Implementation of resolution 1540 (2004) which had been developed by the non-governmental organization “Verification Research, Training and Information Centre” (VERTIC) with financial support from their governments. The Committee appointed Mr Omar Ababneh from Jordan as the Coordinator of its Working Group on Cooperation with international organizations, including the Security Council Committees established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999) and 1373 (2001). The Coordinators of the four Working Groups provided briefings on their respective activities and plans for the future. The coordinator of the group of experts reported its activities since the last meeting of the Committee.
4 August 2014
The Committee held its 61st formal meeting. In his remarks, Ambassador Oh Joon, the 1540 Committee Chairman and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, announced that the Republic of Korea will be hosting a 1540 regional workshop in Seoul on 27-28 October 2014. He also confirmed that the Republic of Korea has contributed one million US dollars to the UN Trust Fund for the implementation of resolution 1540. For the end of 2014, the Chair will focus on making progress in the following areas: (1) Encourage and assist all remaining States to submit their implementation reports as soon as possible; (2) Make the Committee’s assistance mechanism more proactive; (3) Improve coordination and cooperation with other relevant Committees, as well as International and Regional Organizations; (4) Review all revised national matrices; (5) Compile effective practices, and; (6) Expand the network of 1540 Points of Contact. The Coordinators of the four Working Groups provided briefings on their respective activities and plans for the future. The acting coordinator of the group of experts reported its activities since the last meeting of the Committee. The group continues to work on the compilation of effective practices. He noted that the experts would need more inputs from Member States about their effective practices.
9 June 2014
The Committee held its 60th formal meeting. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Oh Joon, the 1540 Committee Chairman and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, described the successful open debate of the Security Council held on 7 May and the Presidential Statement adopted. The debate had more than 60 speakers and consolidated the international commitment towards UNSC resolution 1540 (2004). He thanked the Secretary-General for his video-message marking the resolution’s 10th anniversary, which was widely picked-up by the media. The Chairman also mentioned that he wishes to make progress on the development of a strategy towards full implementation of resolution 1540 with a view to incorporating it in the upcoming Comprehensive Review of 2016. The Coordinators of the four Working Groups provided briefings on their respective activities and plans for the future. The Coordinator of the group of experts reported on the group's work since the last meeting of the Committee. He noted that 17 out of the 21 non-reporting States have been engaged by the 1540 experts during the three workshops organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa.
30 January 2014
The Committee held its 59th formal meeting. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Oh Joon, the 1540 Committee Chairman and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, highlighted specific opportunities to promote the full implementation of resolution 1540 (2004) offered by the 10th anniversary of its adoption in 2004. The Chairman also stressed the need to continue efforts to achieve universal reporting and to enhancing the Committee’s role in facilitating assistance. The Committee received briefings by the Coordinators of its four Working Groups on the activities of respective Working Groups and plans for the future. The Committee discussed a non-paper on ways to commemorate the 10th anniversary prepared by the Coordinator of the Transparency and Outreach Working Group. The Coordinator of the group of experts reported on the group's work since the last meeting of the Committee. The Committee appointed Ms. Pia Poroli from Argentina and Ms. Sophie Nzeyimana from Rwanda as Coordinators for the Monitoring and National Implementation Working Group and Cooperation with International Organizations Working Group.
18 December 2013
The Committee held its 58th formal meeting. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Oh Joon, the 1540 Committee Chairman and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, identified key areas in the Committee’s work for the next year, including the commemoration of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of resolution 1540 (2004); universal reporting under the resolution; and enhancing the Committee’s assistance mechanism. The Chairman also provided a briefing on his participation at the African Union Workshop on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004), 10-11 December 2013, Addis Ababa. The Committee received briefings by the Coordinators of its four Working Groups on the activities of respective Working Groups and plans for the future. The Coordinator of the Working Group on transparency and media outreach (representative of the United States) briefed on his participation, on behalf of the Committee, at the Biological Weapons Convention Meeting of States Parties on December 9-13 in Geneva. The Coordinator of the group of experts reported on the group's work since the last meeting of the Committee. The Russian Federation raised an issue in reference to Security Council resolution 2118 (2013).
8 November 2013
The Committee held its 57th formal meeting. In his opening remarks, Ambassador Oh Joon, the 1540 Committee Chairman and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations, underscored the importance of resolution 1540 (2004) and recalled that in its resolution 2118 (2013) the Security Council decided, inter alia, that Member States shall inform immediately the Council of any violation of resolution 1540 (2004). (Ambassador Oh Joon was elected as Chair of the 1540 Committee by the Security Council on 24 September 2013). In his statement, the Committee's Chair outlined the key activities since the last Committee's meeting and noted the importance of continuing with the work related to the universal reporting initiative. He emphasized that the Committee will also focus on strengthening the 1540 assistance matchmaking system to be more operational and responsive to requests by Member States. The Committee received briefings by the Coordinators of the Working Groups on the activities of respective Working Groups and plans for the future. The Coordinator of the group of experts reported on the group's work.
12 August 2013
The Committee held its 56th formal meeting. The Deputy Permanent Representative of Trinidad and Tobago to the United Nations, Ambassador Eden Charles briefed the Committee on the visit of the 1540 Committee to Trinidad and Tobago which took place on 17-19 April 2013. The Committee's Chair who led the Committee’s delegation during the visit noted the firm commitment from the highest authorities in Trinidad and Tobago to continue to take necessary measures to fully implement resolution 1540 (2004) and the positive role of CARICOM in promoting the 1540 implementation in the region. In his statement, the Committee’s Chair outlined the key activities since the last Committee's meeting. The Chairman suggested to hold, in October, an open briefing for Member States to provide update on the activities of the 1540 Committee. Members of the Committee welcomed his proposal. The Committee received briefings by the Coordinators of the Working Groups on the activities of respective Working Groups and plans for the future. The Coordinator of the group of experts reported on the group's work.
12 June 2013
The Committee held its 55th formal meeting. In his opening statement, the Committee's Chair outlined key activities since the last Committee's meeting including his meeting with the High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Angela Kane on 11 June 2013. The Committee decided to invite the Permanent Mission of Trinidad and Tobago to the UN to its next meeting for a briefing on the visit by the 1540 Committee to Trinidad and Tobago. The Committee also received briefings by the Coordinators of the Working Groups on the activities of respective Working Groups and plans for the future. The Coordinator of the group of experts reported on the group's work. At the meeting, the Committee also discussed issues related to its Twelfth Programme of Work which had been submitted to the Security Council on 31 May 2013.
20 February 2013
The Committee held its 54th formal meeting. In his opening statement, the Committee's Chair outlined some key activities since the last Committee's meeting and presented a number of proposals for future activities. He noted that the Committee had made some good progress and highlighted a novel initiative resulting in posting the Chair's message on the 1540 Committee's website. The Committee received briefings by the Coordinators of the Working Groups and the Coordinator of the group of 1540 experts reported on the group's work.
23 January 2013
The Committee held its 53rd formal meeting. Ambassador Kim Sook, Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations and 1540 Committee Chairman, thanked his predecessor Ambassador Baso Sangqu of South Africa for his important work and progress achieved on the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) during his two-year tenure as Chairman of the 1540 Committee. Ambassador Kim announced that the year of 2014 will be the “Year of Universality”, which refers to the universality of the submissions of first reports by States on the steps they have taken or intend to take to implement resolution 1540 (2004). Guatemala was nominated as the Coordinator of the Working Group on Monitoring and National implementation and Morocco was nominated as the Coordinator of the Working Group on Cooperation with international organizations, including the Security Council committees established pursuant to resolutions 1267 (1999) and 1373 (2001). The Committee was briefed by the Coordinators of the Working Groups and the Coordinator of the group of experts reported on their work.
19 December 2012
The Committee held its 52nd formal meeting. The Committee was briefed by the Coordinators of the Working Groups and the 1540 experts reported on their work. The delegation of India reported back to the Committee on the results of the "1540 Workshop on Building New Synergies on Nuclear Security", organized by its Government in cooperation with the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs, held in Delhi from 30 November - 1 December 2012, which was attended by the Chairman and a 1540 expert. As the outgoing Chair of the 1540 Committee, South Africa expressed its appreciation to the Committee members and the experts for their work and support during its chairmanship. For the full statement please see: Final Statement of the South African Chair to the 1540 Committee.
14 September 2012
The Committee held its 51st formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chairman summarized the Committee’s activities since the last meeting. The Chairman briefed the Committee on his participation in a meeting of the Global Partnership Working Group (GPWG), organized by the United States under its presidency of the GPWG. The meeting was held in Stockholm, Sweden on 28-29 August 2012. The Committee received briefings from the coordinators of the Working Groups and the 1540 Experts reported on their activities.
16 August 2012
The Committee held its 50th formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chairman gave introductory remarks summarizing recent activities of the Committee. The coordinators of the Committee’s Working Groups followed with briefings on the work and consultations of their respective groups. South Africa announced that it would host a Workshop on the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) for African States, in collaboration with the African Union, supported by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs and with the facilitation of the Institute for Security Studies on 21-22 November 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa. The 1540 Committee Experts reported on their work.
14 June 2012
The 1540 Committee held its 49th formal meeting. The Committee was briefed by the Coordinators of the Working Groups. The Coordinator of the Working Group on Monitoring and National Implementation introduced to the Committee the Summary Report on the Conference of International, Regional, and Sub-Regional Industry Associations on Security Council Resolution 1540, which was held from 23-25 April 2012 in Wiesbaden, Germany. He welcomed the Conference as an innovative, useful and forward-looking event and also highlighted Germany’s readiness to actively contribute to a substantial follow-up process to this Industry Conference. The UNODA representative provided examples of follow-up activities of the participants of the Conference, which included invitations addressed to the Committee and UNODA to participate in events organized by the participating industry associations from the financing and biological sectors. Afterwards, the 1540 Experts reported on their work.
25 April 2012
The 1540 Committee held its 48th formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chairman gave introductory remarks summarizing the Committee’s recent activities. The Chairman welcomed Togo as the newly appointed Coordinator of the Working Group on cooperation with international organizations. This was followed by a briefing by the Coordinator of the Committee’s Working Groups on Transparency and Outreach. The 1540 experts reported on their work.
24 February 2012
The 1540 Committee held its 47th formal meeting. Following remarks by the 1540 Committee Chairman, the Committee was briefed by the Coordinators of the Working Groups. Afterwards, the 1540 Experts reported on their work.
21 December 2011
The 1540 Committee held its 46th formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chairman gave introductory remarks summarizing the Committee’s activities since the last meeting, followed by a briefing by the Coordinators of the Committee’s Working Groups on Monitoring and National Implementation, on Assistance, and on Transparency and Outreach. The coordinator of the 1540 Experts reported on their work since the last meeting, including, inter alia, an update on outreach and assistance facilitation activities, as well as other support provided to the working groups of the Committee, as relevant.
21 November 2011
The 1540 Committee held its 45th formal meeting. Following remarks by the 1540 Committee Chairman, the Committee heard a briefing by Ms. Nineta Barbulescu (Romania), Chairperson of the Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC), on ways to increase the cooperation between HCoC and the Committee. Next, the Committee was briefed by the Coordinators of the Working Groups. Afterwards, the 1540 Experts reported on their work.
27 October 2011
The 1540 Committee held its 44th formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chairman gave introductory remarks summarizing recent activities of the Committee. Representatives of the coordinators of the Committee’s Working Group on Monitoring and National Implementation and the Working Group on Assistance provided briefings on the work of their respective groups. The 1540 Experts briefed the Committee on their activities since the last meeting of the Committee. A representative of South Africa provided a briefing on the 1540 Committee’s country visit to the United States (12-16 September 2011).

A representative of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) informed the Committee that UNODA and the Conflict Prevention Centre of the Secretariat of the Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on joint implementation of projects on non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
4 August 2011
The 1540 Committee held its 43rd formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chairman gave introductory remarks summarizing the Committee’s activities since the last meeting. The coordinators of the Committee’s Working Groups followed with briefings on the work and consultations of their respective groups. The coordinator of the 1540 Experts provided a report on activities since the last meeting, including, inter alia, technical assistance and outreach.
11 May 2011
The 1540 Committee held its 42nd formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chairman gave introductory remarks, including, inter alia, recognition of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1977 (2011)as a solid framework for future work. Additional matters were brought forth by the Chairman and discussed, including, inter alia, the drafting of the annual program of work and the facilitation of new requirements outlined in UNSCR 1977. The 1540 Experts reported on their work in support of the Committee in the areas of implementation, assistance, cooperation, and outreach and transparency.
31 March 2011
The 1540 Committee held its 41st formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chairman summarized the Committee’s activities since the last meeting. The Committee received briefings from the coordinators of the Working Group on Transparency and Outreach and the Working Group on Assistance on their activities. The 1540 Experts provided a report on their activities. The Deputy Permanent Representative of the U.S. announced her Government’s intention to make a $3 million voluntary contribution in 2011 to the United Nations Trust Fund for Global and Regional Disarmament to support the work of the 1540 Committee. A representative of France informed the Committee that France had recently adopted a new law aimed at curbing the proliferation of WMD and their means of delivery. At the meeting, the Committee appointed Germany as the coordinator of the Working Group on Monitoring and National Implementation and South Africa as interim coordinator of the Working Group on Cooperation with International Organizations, including Security Council Committees established pursuant to resolution 1267 (1999)and resolution 1373 (2001).
17 January 2011
The 1540 Committee held its 40th formal meeting. The 1540 Committee Chairman outlined his vision for the work of the Committee in 2011. The Committee received briefings from the coordinators of the Committee’s Working Group on Transparency and Outreach and the 1540 Working Group on Assistance regarding activities of their respective Working Groups. The Committee heard the report of the 1540 Experts on their activities. At the meeting, the Committee decided to extend its ninth program of work until 25 April 2011 (S/2011/37).

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