On 22 February 2018, a special workshop was held in Trinidad and Tobago to launch a preview of UNLIREC’s latest publication, the UNSCR 1540 Licensing Guide.

The event brought together representatives from a broad range of national authorities including the Ministries of Foreign and CARICOM Affairs, Customs, Attorney-General and Legal Affairs, Health, Trade and Industry, as well as representatives from the Financial Intelligence Unit and Strategic Services Agency.

The purpose of the UNSCR 1540 Licensing Guide is to provide States in the Latin American and Caribbean region with a practical tool that is complementary to UNLIREC’s signature publication from 2017, the UNLIREC Guide to Control Lists. Both topics were centerstage for the workshop and stimulated interesting dialogue amongst attendees on practical implementation aspects, dual-use goods and technologies, operational practises and regional trends.

The workshop was possible due generous funding provided by the Government of Canada as part of UNLIREC’s Programme for Strengthening the Capacities of States in Latin America and the Caribbean to Implement UNSCR 1540 (2004).