U.S. ambassador assesses progress of U.N. nonproliferation resolution

U.S. Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins recently assessed the progress made in global nonproliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) in an article for 1540 Compass.

"1540's first ten years: global efforts to combat WMD proliferation and terrorism" examined the U.N. Security Council resolution (UNSCR) 1540, adopted in 2004 to legally bind member states to reporting and controlling WMDs around the world.

Jenkins said the U.N.'s 1540 Committee and Group of Experts has provided information and expertise at meetings and summits around the world in the past decade, including the Nuclear Security Summit (NSS) and the Global Partnership against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction (Global Partnership). Canada and South Korea sponsored a joint statement at the 2014 NSS promoting the full implementation of UNSCR 1540.

The 1540 Committee and Group of Experts have also helped to construct National Implementation Action Plans (NAPs) for member states. The NAPs allow countries to assess their specific needs in terms of controlling the proliferation of WMDs.

Jenkins also said that regional centers of excellence and the reporting requirements in UNSCR 1540 point to the continuing success of the resolution.

Jenkins is the U.S. representative on the NSS and the Global Partnership. She also serves as the State Department's coordinator for threat reduction programs at the Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation.