United Nations details implementation of non-proliferation resolution

United Nations details implementation of non-proliferation resolution.
The United Nations (UN) has issued a report detailing the implementation process of Resolution 1540 (2004), which was discussed in a recent session.

Róman Marchesi, chairman of the Security Council Committee for the resolution, stated that overall implementation was making progress. He also noted that it was uneven in certain geographic regions.

Members of the UN Security Council and committee members all discussed the risks of non-state parties being able to obtain weapons of mass destruction (WMD). The non-state party designation also includes terrorist groups. Marchesi stated that, in 2016, the resolution would receive a comprehensive review that is expected to be released next December.

According to the UN report, the resolution puts a larger burden on small countries. Cristián Melet, of Chile, stated that the resolution requires the same capacities of all state parties, despite smaller countries not having equal access to resources. Taking this into consideration, the council urged for increased amounts of regional and subregional cooperation.

The resolution establishes international requirements to facilitate non-proliferation efforts at the domestic level and to prevent non-parties and other groups from being able to access or use WMDs and related material.

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