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UNLIREC makes progress in the elaboration of a WMD control list in the Dominican Republic

On 4 September 2017, UNLIREC held a workshop in Santo Domingo that brought together a group of officials from the customs sector. The aim of the event was to present the methodology developed by UNLIREC for the creation of a focus list related to weapons of mass destruction (WMD).

In addition, UNLIREC organized a two-day workshop in which representatives of government institutions, with responsibilities related to the non-proliferation of WMDs, worked jointly with UNLIREC to prepare the first version of the focus list for the Dominican Republic.

Considering the country’s strategic trade map as a basis, the focus list is a practical tool aimed at supporting officers on the frontline who are responsible for border protection by identifying commonly traded strategic goods relevant to WMD proliferation. This tool is also intended to introduce improvements in risk analysis procedures at entry and exit points in the country.

The multi-day event also provided an opportunity to draw a roadmap focused on the preparation of the final version of WMD-related focus list. These activities form part of UNLIREC's 1540 Assistance Package, currently being implemented thanks to the financial support from Canada.