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United Nation Bio-Security Workshop on UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)

United Nation Bio-Security Workshop on UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) at the African Union (AU) Commission, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, 10th to 11th December, 2013

Introduction:

Resolution 1540 (2004) was adopted by the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) on 28 April 2004 under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. The resolution affirms that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery constitute a threat to international peace and security and expresses deep concern over the threat of terrorism and the risk that non-State actors may acquire, develop, traffic in or use nuclear, chemical and biological weapons and their means of delivery.


Last year, The Government of South Africa hosted a workshop for African States under the title “Workshop on the Implementation of Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) for African States” in collaboration with the African Union (AU), supported by the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and with the facilitation of the Institute for Security Studies (ISS), on 21 and 22 November 2012 in Pretoria, South Africa. The meeting contributed to an understanding of the synergies available to African States to advance their socio-economic development objectives, while developing national capacities for the implementation of resolution 1540 (2004).

Objectives of the workshop

The objectives of the workshop were to discuss priorities, challenges, share experiences and identify opportunities to address practical issues relating to the implementation of, and reporting on resolution 1540 with the aim of equipping member states with practical knowledge and tools to enable them achieve concrete progress in meeting their obligations.

Summary:

This year, The Workshop on the Implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) (UNSCR 1540), was held during period from 10 to 11 December 2013, at the AU Headquarters in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. This workshop is supported by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs through the UN Trust Fund for Global and Regional Disarmament Activities using grants by Norway, the United States of America and the European Union.

This year, during session # 8 (The role of regional organizations in contributing to and enhancing the implementation of UNSCR 1540 in Africa), I gave my oral presentation about the role of AfBSA as non-governmental organization (NGO) to improve biosafety and biosecurity. The synopsis of the session is: ‘explains the role of regional and sub-regional organizations as envisaged by UNSC Res. 1977(2010) and the existing structures and mechanisms within the AU and RECs that could contribute to enhanced implementation of the resolution in the region, including through sensitization, mobilization efforts, pooling and exchange of expertise, facilitating and channeling assistance. This session aims to conclude with recommendations and concrete action points for the AU and RECs that could include a mechanism/forum for 1540 support to Africa’. AU and UN looking forward that AfBSA can contribute to the continental effort to enhance the implementation of UNSCR 1540/the biological weapons convention as well as build local capacities and contribute to development.

Recommendations:

We are looking forward to find out the potential collaboration between UNICRI, Nairobi office and AfBSA because UNICRI team showed their interest to build beneficial ties with our AfBSA office in Nairobi.
We are looking for to build beneficial ties and collaborate for strengthen the regional, sub-regional and national association in the implementation of the 1540 Resolutions.

Primary Contacts

To send feedback, suggestions or register as a member please contact:

African Biological Safety Association

Fairlane House off Mbagathi Road

P.O Box 35749-00200, Nairobi, Kenya

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