Friday, January 25, 2013

UNSCR 1540 8-10 January 2013 Event: Civil Society Forum - Opportunities for Engagement


The first-ever Civil Society Forum in support of Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) tookplace in Vienna from 8-10 January 2013. It was convened to provide civil society representatives with the opportunity to discuss their increased contributions to national and international efforts to fully implement the key requirements of resolution 1540 (2004) which concerns the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction to non-state actors.

The Civil Society Forum in Vienna involved the participation of more than sixty non-governmental organizations (NGOs), academia, think tanks and industries and includes representatives from Asia, Africa, Eastern and Western Europe, the Middle East and the Americas. The Forum was hosted by the Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs of Austria, convened in cooperation with the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and organized by the Steering Committee of the Forum.

Meeting Documents


Abstracts and Presentations 


Day 1 (January 8th)
Opening Remarks, Ambassador Alexander Kmentt, Director, Disarmament and Arms Control Division Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs
Opening Remarks, Ms. Elena Sokova, VCDNP, on behalf of the Steering Committee
Statement by Mr. Nikita Smidovich, UN Office for Disarmament Affairs
Transcript of speech delivered by Mr. Wissam Hassan Fattouh, Secretary General, Union of Arab Banks
Civil Society-A Key to UNSCR 1540 Success, Ms. Irma Arguello, Nonproliferation for Global Security Foundation
The Role of Civil Society in Raising Awareness, Ms. Elisande Nexon, Pharm D., Research Fellow, Foundation for Strategic Research
Side Event, Ethics and Nonproliferation, Mr. Johannes Rath, University of Vienna, Austria (Abstract)
Side Event, Ethics and Nonproliferation, Mr. Rath (Presentation)
Nuclear Security Process and the Role of Civil Society, Mr. Kees Nederlof, Security Policy Department, Non-Proliferation, Disarmament, Arms Control and Export Control Policy Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, The Netherlands

Day 2 (January 9th)
VERTIC's CBRN-UNSCR 1540 Legislative Assistance, Mr. Scott Spence, Senior Legal Officer
Achieving Sustainable Implementation: Integrated Training, Education, and Best Practices, Dr. Igor Khripunov, Center for International Trade & Security, University of Georgia
Civil Society and Implementation of UNSCR 1540, Mr. Tim Trevan, International Council for the Life Sciences
Africa Peace Forum Presentation UNSCR 1540, Ambassador Ochieng Adala, Acting Executive Director of Africa Peace Forum
Enhancing the Implementation of UNSCR 1540, Ms. Masamichi Minehata, Bradford Disarmament Research Centre
Monitoring Trade in WMD Relevant Items by Using Open Source Data, Mr. Gunnar Jeremias, Research Group for Biological Arms Control

Day 3 (January 10th)
International and Regional Organizations: Partnership with Civil Society, Mr. Tim Andrews, Head of the Programme Support Group, Office of Nuclear Security, Department of Safety and Security
Opportunities for Engagement, Mr. Nico Frandi, Policy Officer, EEAS
CARICOM UNSCR 1540 Implementation Programme, Mr. O'Neil Hamilton, Regional Coordinator for the Implementation of UNSCR 1540 in the Caribbean Community
Partnerships, Ms. Maria Lorenzo Sobrado, United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime
Closing Remarks, Dr. Dana Perkins, 1540 Committee Expert
Closing Remarks, Ambassador Alexander Kmentt, Director, Disarmament and Arms Control Division Austrian Federal Ministry for European and International Affairs

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