U.S. to contribute $3 million to non-proliferation efforts

The United States has announced its planned voluntary $3 million contribution to the non-proliferation efforts of the United Nations pursuant to U.N. Security Council resolution 1540.

The contribution will go to the U.N. Trust Fund for Global and Regional Disarmament. The administration of the United States supports the universal implementation of UNSCR 1540, which it said an important standard for U.N. member states, obligating them to establish effective controls against weapons of mass destruction and the means to produce and deliver them.

The contribution is meant to ensure effective implementation of the resolution, which is an important objective for U.S. nonproliferation policy.

The U.N. Security Council recognized that the implementation of the resolution would require a significant amount of dedicated resources and effort and invited the U.N. member states and other organizations to give assistance. The existing trust fund is managed in a partnership between the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs and the Security Council Committee that was established pursuant to resolution 1540.

By planning this $3 million contribution, the United States said that it will aid the committee in fulfilling its role in matching states that need assistance to implement the resolution with states able to provide such assistance. The funds will support U.N. member states in fulfilling their obligations under the resolution and for developing legislation that can control WMD-related materials and for U.N.-administered training programs related to implementing the resolution.