UNLIREC participates in high-level meetings in Belize to discuss implementation of WMD-related instrument (UNSCR 1540)

In October 2013, UNLIREC received funding from the US Department of State to roll out a technical assistance programme in the Caribbean region to strengthen the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540(2004), which establishes legally binding obligations on all UN Member States to have and enforce appropriate and effective measures against the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons (WMD). Following consultations with the donor, the CARICOM Secretariat and other stakeholders, UNLIREC selected five countries for the first phase of the training, including Belize.

During a joint mission with the US Department of State’s Regional Advisor of the Export Control and Related Border Security (EXBS) Program from 18-21 August 2014, UNLIREC visited Belize to conduct high-level meetings with key stakeholders in the country to present the EXBS Regional Program and UNLIREC’s 1540 Programme as one of its components.

During discussions with the Attorney General Ministry, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of National Security, the Belize National Coast Guard, the Department of Customs and Excise, the Port of Belize and the Belize Defence Force, officials expressed a keen interest in actively engaging in the activities conducted by both EXBS and UNLIREC, and indicated the importance of the objectives of those programmes for Belize.

Both UNLIREC and EXBS look forward to collaborating further with the Government of Belize in efforts to strengthen export control and border security, as well as the country’s implementation of Resolution 1540 (2004).

For more information on UNLIREC visit (www.unlirec.org.) Please direct all questions or inquiries to: Ms Amanda Cowl, Political Affairs Officer, at (cowl@unlirec.org).

Grenada and UNLIREC discuss current legal framework in the areas of nuclear and biological weapons and materials

UNLIREC accompanied a delegation from the South African Department of Trade and Industry to provide technical assistance to the Government of Grenada on the enactment of comprehensive legislation on non-proliferation, as well as on the drafting and effective implementation of control lists (21-24 July 2014). Stakeholders from several institutions and agencies attended presentations and discussions on the South African model on control lists and their implementation, including the Ministry of Agriculture, St. George’s University, the Grenada Solid Waste Management Authority, the Ministry of Trade, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs & International Business, the Ministry of Legal Affairs, the Grenada Ports Authority, the Royal Grenada Police Force – Fire Department / Passport and Immigration Office-, Customs and Excise and the Bureau of Standards.

During focalized discussions with officials from the Ministry of Legal Affairs, issues relating to possible amendments to existing legislation were addressed, along with suggestions for strengthening the current legal framework in the areas of nuclear and biological weapons and materials.

In the margins of the assistance mission, UNLIREC met with the Permanent Secretaries and the Heads of the Non Ministerial Departments during their weekly meetings chaired by the Cabinet Chair, and presented the characteristics of the assistance package that it has been delivering in the country over the past months. Commending the dedication, effort and commitment displayed thus far by all of the officials with which the Centre has been working, UNLIREC exhorted the permanent secretaries and heads of non-ministerial departments to continue supporting their officials in this training and to promote the strengthening of Resolution 1540 (2004) in Grenada.

UNLIREC also conducted meetings with officials from the MFA to discuss the consolidation of an interinstitutional working group, the drafting of a voluntary national action plan and next steps for the upcoming activities in the technical assistance component of the package.

UNLIREC forms part of the Regional Disarmament Branch (RDB), one of five branches of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA). UNLIREC is the only UN regional entity specialized in disarmament and non-proliferation in the Latin American and Caribbean region with the task of translating the decisions, instruments and commitments of Member States in the field of disarmament and non-proliferation into action, at national, sub-regional and regional levels.

For more information on UNLIREC visit (www.unlirec.org.) Please direct all questions or inquiries to: Ms Amanda Cowl, Political Affairs Officer, at (cowl@unlirec.org).

Jamaica y UNLIREC llevaron a cabo sesiones técnicas de trabajo y mesa redonda nacional sobre el fortalecimiento de la implementación de la resolución 1540 (2004)

Del 2-5 de diciembre de 2014, UNLIREC, en colaboración con el Gobierno de Jamaica, realizó una serie de sesiones técnicas legislativas de trabajo y una mesa redonda nacional sobre el fortalecimiento de la aplicación de la Resolución 1540 (2004) del Consejo de Seguridad, en Kingston, Jamaica.

Las sesiones técnicas de trabajo realizadas del 2 al 3 de diciembre reunieron a funcionarios de diversas instituciones y organismos que tienen responsabilidades en temas relacionados a la Resolución 1540, incluyendo el Ministerio de Asuntos Exteriores y Comercio Exterior, el Ministerio de Seguridad Nacional, el Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnología, Energía y Minas, el Ministerio de Salud, la Oficina del Consejo Parlamentario Principal, la Oficina de Normas y el Centro Internacional de Ciencias ambientales y Nucleares. Durante esta sesión de trabajo de dos días UNLIREC, junto con un Comité de Expertos de 1540 y la Investigación de Verificación, el Centro de Formación e Información (VERTIC), mantuvieron conversaciones con representantes de los gobiernos sobre el proyecto de legislación propuesto sobre las cuestiones biológicas y nucleares.

Durante las sesiones de trabajo, UNLIREC pudo presentar sus recomendaciones sobre el proyecto de ley propuesto y sobre el marco jurídico nacional existente. Junto con VERTIC y el Comité de Expertos de 1540, se realizaron también discusiones sobre los posibles enfoques para la promulgación de 1540, la legislación conexa y la importancia de la resolución. Durante la reunión los representantes del Gobierno indicaron su aceptación sobre las recomendaciones brindadas por UNLIREC y destacaron la importancia de la promulgación de una legislación eficaz para prevenir la proliferación de armas de destrucción masiva y sus vectores.

El 5 de diciembre, se llevó a cabo una mesa redonda nacional con un grupo más amplio de expertos, con oficiales representando las Fuerzas del orden, así como, representantes de los Ministerios. Los funcionarios expresaron desafíos específicos que enfrenta actualmente el país, en lo que respecta a los controles fronterizos y la formación de los funcionarios de inmigración.

Jamaica tiene como objetivo continuar su labor en la redacción de la legislación en asuntos químicos, biológicos y nucleares, haciendo un esfuerzo para fortalecer la aplicación de la Resolución 1540. UNLIREC está dispuesto a seguir colaborando con el gobierno de Jamaica en un futuro cercano.

Estas reuniones se llevaron a cabo gracias al apoyo financiero del Departamento de Estado de los Estados Unidos – Oficina de Seguridad Internacional y No Proliferación y forman parte del Paquete de 1540 Asistencia de UNLIREC de Estados del Caribe.


UNLIREC supports national implementation of UNSCR 1540 in Mexico

The II Specialized Workshop on International Best Practices on Export Controls took place in Mexico City from 24-26 July 2013 to advance national implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004). The meeting was organized by the Secretariat of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (OAS/CICTE) and the Government of Mexico, in collaboration with the United States Export Control and Related Border Security Program, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, and the UNSCR 1540 Committee.

The workshop gathered 40 specialists from the ministries of Economy, Industry and Trade, Foreign Affairs, Customs authorities, and other institutions with responsibilities in export control and the implementation of UNSCR 1540, with a view to strengthening Mexico’s national exports control system. The workshop served to share international best practices on export controls, exchange information and intelligence, engage in advanced risk analyses, and discuss options for licensing processes.

Building on the strong partnership between UNLIREC and the OAS, UNLIREC was invited as a feature speaker to contextualize progress made in the implementation of UNSCR 1540 in the region. UNLIREC focused on the importance of international cooperation to effectively combat WMD proliferation, and the role played by UNODA in support of the UNSCR 1540 implementation. This workshop forms part of the activities that have been undertaken in support of Mexico’s 1540 action plan, developed in collaboration with CICTE/OAS and UNODA.

For more information on UNLIREC visit (www.unlirec.org). For enquiries, please contact Amanda Cowl, Political Affairs Officer (cowl@unlirec.org).