High Representative Kane details recent U.N. nonproliferation efforts

Angela Kane, the high representative for disarmament affairs with the United Nations, delivered remarks on Friday at a joint meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS), the Stanley Foundation and the Stimson Center in Washington, D.C.

Kane's address focused on the U.N.'s efforts to implement Security Council resolution 1540, a measure adopted in 2004 to combat the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The speech highlighted a push for U.N. member states to submit national reports either on measures taken or plans to implement the resolution, including a series of workshops hosted this spring by the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs to encourage non-submitting countries to draft a first report.

So far, 172 out of 193 U.N. member states have submitted reports on resolution 1540 implementation.

Kane also highlighted the U.N.'s work with intergovernmental organizations to promote resolution 1540, while stressing the need for an overarching security culture among nations that relates to all areas of CBRN nonproliferation.

The address also cited U.N. cooperation with industry and civil society to implement resolution 1540, including a forum in 2013 that included representatives from 45 non-governmental organizations, academic institutions, think tanks and industries around the world to support the resolution.

Kane concluded her remarks by expressing hope that resolution 1540, along with other international treaties, will bring about the total elimination of WMDs worldwide.