Ban says resolution 1540 must be a global commitment

Ban Ki-moon, the U.N. secretary-general, said on Wednesday that U.N. Security Council resolution 1540 must be a global commitment and a global enterprise to be as effective as possible.

The resolution requires governments to prevent non-state actors or terrorists from acquiring, proliferating and using biological, chemical and nuclear weapons and their means of delivery. The states must also report to the council on the implementation of the resolution.

Ban said the resolution has resulted in more than 30,000 measures and actions by states to implement the resolution. He said the successes only tell part of the story.

"Some 20 countries have not submitted a report on their implementation efforts to the 1540 Committee," Ban said. "In most cases, these are countries facing serious economic or social difficulties. I encourage all Member States that have not yet done so, to submit a first report in this anniversary year."

Ban said one promising trend is the preparation of voluntary national implementation action plans, including a joint statement released by 32 countries at the recent Nuclear Security Summit in the Hague. The statement reaffirmed a commitment to submit action plans to the 1540 Committee.

"Looking ahead, we hope to see expanded regional cooperation in implementing the resolution, especially since states sharing borders often face similar challenges," Ban said.

Ban suggested the world join together to work against the proliferation of WMDs with renewed resolve to ensure greater peace and security going forward.