On 18-20 January 2017, a representative of UNLIREC travelled to the Surinamese capital, Paramaribo, to formally initiate engagement in relation to UNLIREC’s non-proliferation programme. The purpose of the programme is to provide legal and technical assistance to Latin American and Caribbean countries in the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) (UNSCR 1540).

During the visit, a national roundtable meeting was held involving participants from the ministries of Defense; Foreign Affairs; Trade and Industry; Justice and Police; Suriname Police Corps; Bureau of National Security; Central Bank of Suriname; National Assembly; and Customs. Topics addressed during the presentation included international proliferation, weapons of mass destruction (WMD), global security and counter-proliferation measures, UNSCR 1540 and its operative paragraphs, as well as the resolution’s implementation in a Surinamese context.

UNLIREC looks forward to returning to Suriname to present a National Legal Study and work alongside national authorities in the development of a National Action Plan for the implementation of UNSCR 1540.