Thursday, October 9, 2014

New project launched to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction

The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has launched a project aimed at strengthening the capacity of African states to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and their means of delivery to non-state actors, such as criminals and groups involved in acts of terror.

The project will facilitate the implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) on the African continent. Resolution 1540 is a key legally binding non-proliferation and counter-terrorism resolution, requiring states to: refrain from providing support to non-state actors involved in the spread of weapons of mass destruction; adopt effective laws to criminalise proliferation activities; and establish controls over equipment, materials and technology that could be diverted for proliferation purposes.