Conference set to shed light on Security Council resolution 1540 (2004)

National and regional implementation of Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) will be promoted at a regional workshop that will be held  in Nairobi, Kenya, from February 2 to 4.

Resolution 1540 was adopted unanimously by the United Nation's Security Council on April 28, 2004, under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. The resolution obliges all state to refrain from providing any form of support to non-state actors that are attempting to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and the means for their delivery.

States are also required by the resolution to establish domestic controls meant to prevent the proliferation of these weapons of mass destruction as well as delivery systems for the weapons. The resolution calls for the establishment of appropriate controls over related materials.

The Kenya conference, jointly organized by the United States and Kenya in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, aims to encourage the sharing of experience on relevant issues, especially in the biological area. The conference will also focus on the identification of specific capacity-building measures that are responsive to both regional and specific national requirements.

Officials from Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda are expected to participate in the event, which will feature a representative of the Security Council's 1540 Committee and its experts.