Grenada begins effort to implement U.N. resolution on WMDs

The United Nations Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC) recently held its first effort to implementU.N. Resolution 1540 in Grenada.

The multi-day meeting focused on improving the legal framework in Grenada for implementing Resolution 1540, the U.N. effort to curb the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

The roundtable discussions that included approximately 15 institutions and agencies from Grenada also discussed the main international conventions and instruments regarding CBRN weapons and their means of delivery.

UNLIREC officials, together with an expert assisting the 1540 Committee, also met with government officials in Grenada to discuss the country's recent study on its legislation in non-proliferation matters.

The UNLIREC officials praised the progress made by Grenada since adopting Resolution 1540 in 2004, and recommended specific legislation to address issues such as transportation, the transfer and shipment of CBRN materials and the adoption of comprehensive control lists for proliferation-sensitive materials.

The attendees of the meeting completed a tentative work plan to further implement Resolution 1540, including a visit in July by a South African delegation to aid Grenada in developing control lists and other issues.

UNLIREC is a part of the Regional Disarmament Branch, one of the five parts of the U.N. Office for Disarmament Affairs.