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

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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. While most of the United Nations Member States have submitted such a report, a few States have not yet done so. The Committee will continue to work towards the goal of achieving universal reporting.

Further to that, the Security Council, in its resolution 1977 (2011) and resolution 2325 (2016), encouraged States to provide additional information on their implementation of resolution 1540 (2004), including, voluntarily, on their laws and regulations and on States’ effective practices. 115 Member States have so far submitted additional information.

Through resolution 1977 (2011) and resolution 2325 (2016), 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). 35 such plans have been received by the Committee so far. Many States are currently in the process of preparing or updating their national action plans.

In response to the Committee’s request to report on national points of contact, a 103 States provided information in this regard.

Overall, the Committee notes that the number of measures taken by States by 2016 has increased compared to its findings in 2011.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 2016 compared to 2011. As the chart shows, the number of States that had measures in 30 fields or fewer decreased from 19 to 7 and 12 of these States have measures now applicable to more than 30 data fields.


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In 2011, out of a possible maximum number of 330 measures under paragraphs 2 and 3 of the resolution, 124 States had individually 150 or fewer measures and 68 States had more than 150 measures. In 2016, the figures were 110 and 83 States respectively out of a maximum possible of 332 measures. It is noteworthy that, while 9 States had more than 300 measures recorded in 2011, 17 States had achieved that figure in 2016. The average number of measures per State for the data fields concerned rose to 159 in 2016 from 134 in 2011 and from 93 in 2008. This represents a positive trend in the number of measures identified as having been taken by States in their implementation of the resolution.

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