Kenya to Host Workshop on Implementing Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004), 2-4 February

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A regional workshop to be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from 2 to 4 February will aim to promote the building of national- and regional-level capacity to advance full implementation of Security Council resolution 1540 (2004).

Jointly organized by Kenya and the United States, in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, the workshop will encourage the sharing of experiences on relevant issues, particularly in the biological area, among the participating States as well as the identification of specific capacity-building measures that are responsive to regional and specific national requirements.

Invited to participate in the event will be officials from the Governments of Algeria, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of the Congo, Congo, Egypt, Ethiopia, Gabon, Ghana, Kenya, Libya, Mali, Morocco, Nigeria, Senegal, South Africa, United Republic of Tanzania, Tunisia and Uganda. Representatives of international, regional and subregional organizations have also been invited. A representative of the Security Council’s 1540 Committee and its experts will also attend the workshop.

The Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1540 on 28 April 2004, under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, obliging all States to refrain from providing any form of support to non-State actors attempting to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and the means for their delivery. The resolution requires all States to establish domestic controls to prevent the proliferation of these weapons of mass destruction and delivery systems, including by establishing appropriate controls over related materials.


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