UNLIREC avanza con República Dominicana hacia la elaboración de la lista operativa relacionada a ADM

El día 4 de septiembre, UNLIREC llevó a cabo en Santo Domingo un taller que reunió a un grupo de funcionarios del sector aduanas. El objetivo de la actividad consistió en presentar la metodología elaborada por UNLIREC para la elaboración de una lista de control operativa relacionada a armas de destrucción masiva (ADM).

Adicionalmente, UNLIREC organizó un taller de dos días en el que representantes de instituciones gubernamentales con responsabilidades relacionadas a la no proliferación de ADMs trabajaron conjuntamente con UNLIREC en la elaboración de la primera versión de la lista operativa de la República Dominicana.

Partiendo del mapa de comercio estratégico del país, la lista operativa se constituye en una herramienta práctica dirigida a apoyar a los oficiales de primera línea encargados del resguardo fronterizo en la identificación de bienes estratégicos comúnmente comercializados y que pudieran ser relevantes a efectos de proliferación de armas de destrucción masiva. Con esta herramienta, se pretende además contribuir a la introducción de mejoras en los procedimientos de análisis de riesgo en los puntos de entrada y salida del país.

Estas jornadas permitieron asimismo trazar una hoja de ruta hacia la elaboración de la versión final de la Lista Operativa relacionada a ADM. Estas actividades forman parte del Paquete de Asistencia 1540 de UNLIREC, actualmente en ejecución gracias al apoyo financiero de Canadá.

UNLIREC y el Gobierno de Perú celebran una sesión de capacitación sobre el régimen internacional de no proliferación de armas de destrucción masiva

El 4 de agosto UNLIREC y el Gobierno de Perú celebraron una sesión de capacitación con el objetivo de profundizar el conocimiento sobre el régimen internacional de no proliferación de armas de destrucción masiva, con especial énfasis en la Convención de Armas Biológicas y la resolución 1540 (2004). Este encuentro reunió a 48 representantes de 11 instituciones y agencias, incluyendo el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, de Defensa, de Salud, de la Producción, la Policía Nacional, la Superintendencia Nacional de Administración Tributaria y el Instituto Peruano de Energía Nuclear, entre otras.

Durante el taller, los participantes recibieron información sobre el contenido de los principales tratados y convenciones en materia de no proliferación, además de la Resolución 1540, además de las medidas a adoptar para su implementación nacional. Los representantes de las distintas instituciones y sectores pudieron asimismo debatir e intercambiar información sobre el marco normativo e institucional nacional que da respuesta a esas exigencias, así como aspectos relativos a la modernización de la legislación, en particular en el ámbito biológico.

Con anterioridad a este taller, en marzo de 2017, UNLIREC tuvo la oportunidad de apoyar a las autoridades nacionales en la elaboración de la Hoja de Ruta para la implementación de la Resolución 1540, que fue formalmente presentado al Comité 1540 en julio de este año. Esta reunión forma parte del Paquete de Asistencia 1540 de UNLIREC con el apoyo financiero de Canadá.

UNLIREC supports Dominican Republic in strengthening its implementation of UNSC Resolution 1540

A set of activities aimed at strengthening the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) was carried out in the Dominican Republic from 28 to 29 March 2017 as part of UNLIREC’s support to States in the region. These activities – made possible thanks to the financial contribution by the government of Canada – encompass the adoption of internal regulations in accordance with the provisions established in the Resolution, as reflected in the National Plan of Action that the Dominican Republic presented in November 2015 to the 1540 Committee.

Within this context, UNLIREC continued its technical and legal assistance related to the draft of ‘WMD Non-Proliferation Bill of Law’. UNLIREC’s technical expert was accompanied by a former member of the Group of Experts of the 1540 Committee who provided technical support in the matter. In attendance were 15 national stakeholders and legal drafters from relevant institutions (Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Energy and Mines, and Environmental Ministry) who engaged in a second lively round of discussions to identify specific issues to be covered through subsidiary regulations, as well as a roadmap for the development of these regulations. In addition, the control list to be annexed to the regulations and the definition of national authority roles and responsibilities were highlighted as priorities.

These activities represent a significant step forward in the country’s efforts to strengthen the implementation of UNSCR 1540 (2004) and will enable the Dominican Republic to establish concrete objectives towards preventing WMD proliferation.

UNLIREC participates in training for Resolution 1540 (2004) national points of contact from Latin America and the Caribbean Region

From 24 to 28 October 2016, the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) visited Santiago, Chile to participate in the Training Course for Latin America and the Caribbean Points of Contact for the implementation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) and its related resolutions. The training course was hosted by the Government of Chile in cooperation with the 1540 Committee and its Group of Experts and supported by UNODA. The training course was made possible through funding from the UN Trust Fund for Global and Regional Disarmament Activities.

The training course aimed to provide national points of contact with an in-depth knowledge about the resolution’s obligations and its implementation challenges. In addition, it emphasized the importance of building strong networks and promoting cooperation and interaction between national points of contact. The course was conducted with presentations by members of the 1540 Committee Group of Experts and representatives of different International Organizations including OPWC, UNODC, WCO and OAS.

UNLIREC provided logistical support prior and during the training and used this opportunity to strengthen its relationship with key representatives. In addition, UNLIREC took the opportunity to present its assistance package to the region and the work it is carrying out with beneficiary States in the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004).

National points of contact play an important role in the effective implementation of UNSCR 1540 (2004). The training was an excellent opportunity to share national experiences and learn from the challenges each State faces. The training for resolution 1540 (2004) National Points of Contact from Latin America and the Caribbean Region aims to become an annual regional meeting to bolster the network.

UNLIREC and the Government of Belize hold joint meeting to develop Draft Voluntary National Action Plan to strengthen the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004)

On 9 December, UNLIREC held consultations with the Government of Belize to discuss its Draft National Action Plan on Implementation of UNSCR 1540(2004). This meeting brought together 12 representatives from eight institutions and agencies (including the Belize Coast Guard, Defence Force, Immigration, Belize Agricultural Health Authority (BAHA), Police Department, National Security Council Secretariat, Customs & Excise Department and Port Authority).

UNLIREC presented summaries of the resolution and its main obligations, as well as of UNLIREC’s national legal study and its main recommendations for better aligning 1540 obligations with national provisions. In turn, Belize delivered a presentation on the status of implementation of the resolution in the country to date. CARICOM also provided a presentation on the relevance of the implementation of 1540 Resolution in the region, with special emphasis on Belize.

During the intense one-day workshop, the group identified and established a series of official focal points from each of the stakeholder institutions present, and discussed the content of a Voluntary National Action Plan that is to be presented to the 1540 Committee in the near future. Issues relating to the modernization of legislation, training and equipment needs, as well as assignment of specific roles and responsibilities, were addressed throughout the day.

Prior to this workshop, in July 2015, UNLIREC assisted Belize in the preliminary discussions for the drafting of the National Action Plan.

This meeting forms part of UNLIREC’s 1540 Assistance Package for Caribbean States with the financial support of Canada.