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Implementation of UNSCR 1540

Project Description

The main objective of the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540) Program, is to identify specific needs and challenges with regard to the physical protection and accounting of Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) materials and other needs related to the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 (2004) in each of the target beneficiary countries. CICTE contributes to delivering, tailored capacity building activities aimed at strengthening Member States' preventive framework against the use of CBRN materials by non-state actors.

Since 2006, OAS/SMS/CICTE has provided, in conjunction with its international partners, capacity building and technical assistance to Member States in order to prevent, combat, and eliminate terrorism, and address the threat posed by the use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by terrorists and non-State actors in general. The CICTE Secretariat’s current approach to this topic is two-pronged:

  • Provision of technical assistance and capacity building projects on: Border Controls - strengthening security measures at borders (i.e. maritime and aviation security, document security, immigration and customs security), including building capacities to detect the illegal smuggling of WMD and CBRN materials; Legislative Assistance - assisting in the legal implementation of UNSCR 1540, as part of the international legal framework against terrorism; and CBRN Crisis Management Exercises - CICTE’s program on Emerging Threats focuses on incidents related to CBRN materials through Crisis Management Exercises.
  • Development of a specific Program to assist Member States in the implementation of UNSCR 1540, as mandated by CICTE to its Secretariat in March 2010. In order to fulfill this mandate. The CICTE Secretariat has developed a strategic partnership with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and the Group of Experts of the UNSCR 1540 Committee, resulting in the development of a Pilot Project.
The Pilot Project, which is currently on-going in Mexico and Colombia - the first two beneficiaries of the project - is structured in two phases: 1) Technical Assessment Missions—in-country consultations with all relevant agencies of the beneficiary country so they can assess needs and draft a National Work Plan of technical assistance and capacity building activities that will address those needs; and 2) Implementation of technical assistance and capacity building activities included in the Plan.