Experts praise WMD nonproliferation resolution at book launch

Non-proliferation experts met on Friday at the headquarters of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington, D.C., to launch a book evaluating the successes and challenges of implementing United Nations Security Council resolution 1540.

Southern Flows: WMD Proliferation in the Developing World was produced by the Stanley Foundation and the Stimson Center, according to an OAS press release.

OAS Assistant Secretary General Albert Ramdin opened the event, and said the book represents a "compilation of key regional perspectives" on the issue of WMD proliferation.

Keith Porter, the president of the Stanley Foundation, also spoke at the book launch and praised the U.N. resolution.

"1540 remains perhaps the world's only equitable multilateral framework to counter WMD terrorism that, if implemented more innovatively, would bolster not just global security, but regional and national security as well," Porter said.

Other speakers at the book launch included Angela Kane, the high representative for disarmament affairs at the U.N., and Ellen Laipson, the president and CEO of the Stimson Center.

Resolution 1540 was adopted by the Security Council in 2004, and imposes binding obligations on all member states to curb the spread of biological, chemical and nuclear weapons, as well as their means of delivery, to non-state actors.