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.

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