On the 8th and 9th April 2013, the Project Alpha team was represented at the Carnegie Nuclear Policy Conference by Professor Wyn Bowen, Ian Stewart and Daniel Salisbury. Continue reading Project Alpha team attends Carnegie Nuclear Conference
In April 2004, the United Nations Security Council voted to adopt UN Resolution 1540 on the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The resolution is important because it calls for states to establish controls on the exports of goods which could be of use in a WMD programme. UNSCR 1977 of 2011 extended the mandate of 1540 and the committee which was set up to monitor 1540 implementation. This page will attempt to deconstruct some of the key elements of Resolution 1540 with the aim of highlighting where it fits in with national control regimes.
Four key things to take from UNSCR1540 are as follows:
· Resolution 1540 was passed by the Security Council in 2004 in the aftermath of a number of important proliferation developments.
· After 1540, states were legally required to develop and implement a system of controls on the export of sensitive goods which could have a use in a WMD programme;
· 1540 universalised and formalised the requirement that states address a broader non-proliferation agenda which includes the financing of proliferation and transportation of goods to illicit programmes;
· 1540 first officially highlighted the role that the private sector can play in countering the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
NB: All quotations are taken from UNSCR1540, the original text of which can be found here.
The background to the resolution and each of the following three points will be explored in turn:
Background to 1540
A couple of factors led to the consideration and passing of the resolution at the United Nations:
· The A Q Khan network was uncovered in the period immediately prior to the consideration of the resolution. The Khan network, centring around Pakistani nuclear scientist Abdul Qadeer Khan, was involved in illicit transfers of nuclear technology to a number of proliferant states around the world.
· The terrorist attacks of 9/11 heightened concerns surrounding the possibility of nuclear terrorism. The first couple of clauses refer to non-state actors.
· UNSCR 1977 was the follow on to 1540 which extended the mandate of the 1540 committee, set up to monitor implementation around the world.
Controls on Sensitive Exports Universalised
1540 essentially made it mandatory for all states to put in place export controls. Article 3 reads as follows:
Decides also that all States shall take and enforce effective measures to establish domestic controls to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical, or biological weapons and their means of delivery, including by establishing appropriate controls over related materials and to this end shall:
(a) Develop and maintain appropriate effective measures to account for and secure such items in production, use, storage or transport;
(b) Develop and maintain appropriate effective physical protection measures;
Parts (a) and (b) relate more to measures to secure fissile material (it would be impractical and damaging to trade to enforce domestic controls on dual use technologies for example).
(c) Develop and maintain appropriate effective border controls and law enforcement efforts to detect, deter, prevent and combat, including through international cooperation when necessary, the illicit trafficking and brokering in such items in accordance with their national legal authorities and legislation and consistent with international law;
Part (c) decides that states will establish or continue to maintain border controls and the ability to enforce them.
(d) Establish, develop, review and maintain appropriate effective national export and trans-shipment controls over such items, including appropriate laws and regulations to control export, transit, trans-shipment and re-export and controls on providing funds and services related to such export and trans-shipment such as financing, and transporting that would contribute to proliferation, as well as establishing end-user controls; and establishing and enforcing appropriate criminal or civil penalties for violations of such export control laws and regulations;
Part (d) decides that states will establish, develop, review and maintain a national export control system over sensitive goods.
A Broader Agenda
1540 universalised and formalised the requirement that states address a broader non-proliferation agenda which includes the financing of proliferation and transportation of goods to illicit programmes: Article 3 includes that states should establish:
(d) … appropriate laws and regulations to control export, transit, trans-shipment and re-export and controls on providing funds and services related to such export and trans-shipment such as financing, and transporting that would contribute to proliferation
Part (d) decides that states should develop laws and regulations relating to the provision of funds and services that would enable proliferation
The Role of the Private Sector
UNSCR 1540 also assigned a role to the private sector in making export controls work, calling upon states:
8 (d) To develop appropriate ways to work with and inform industry and the public regarding their obligations under such laws;
Clause 8 part (d) highlights the need to engage the private sector if they are to be compliant with legislation.
UNSCR 1977 goes further and:
encourages the 1540 Committee, at its discretion, to draw also on relevant expertise, including, civil society and the private sector, with, as appropriate, their State’s consent;
On the 28th February 2013, Dr. Lucy Jones represented Project Alpha at the Joint Seminar of the European Nuclear Energy Forum and the Dual Use Coordination Group, held at the European Economic and Social Committee buildings in Brussels.
Antiproliferation: Private Sector’s Role
In November 2012 Alpha’s Ian Stewart published a discussion paper through Harvard’s Belfer Centre on how to bring about his concept of “Anti-proliferation”. Continue reading Antiproliferation: Engaging the Private Sector in Preventing Proliferation
On 14th February Project Alpha’s Ian Stewart presented to the Top Level Group of Parliamentarians for Non-proliferation and Disarmament on the Antiproliferation concept. Continue reading Alpha presents to the Top Level Group
Some composite materials offer desirable properties for use in military, missile and WMD programs. National export controls exist in practically all countries to check proliferation-related trade in these materials. Companies operating in the composites sector need to have business-friendly export compliance systems in place to manage the legal, financial, and reputational risks of either exporting goods without a licence or inadvertently supplying goods to a programme of concern.
This seminar provided an up-to-date assessment of the proliferation threat posed to the UK composites industry and highlighted considerations for export compliance and risk management. Proliferation specialists, government officials, and industry experts outlined ways to effectively manage export compliance requirements and best practices.
In March 2013 Project Alpha researcher Daniel Salisbury presented on private sector engagement at two conferences organised by the Project on Nuclear Issues (PONI). Continue reading Project Activities Presented at US STRATCOM and Bristol Conferences
On 20-21 March Project Alpha hosted representatives from the United Nations’ (UN) 1540 panel of experts, the UN North Korean panel of experts and several governments for a conference on Antiproliferation. Continue reading Private Sector Engagement Strategies Conference
The project team and Centre for Science and Security Studies academic staff organised and participated in a successful outreach workshop in Qingdao, China. The workshop took place on 27 & 28 February 2012 and sought to raise awareness of the importance of compliance with UN sanctions in the Chinese alloys and carbon fibre sectors.
The agenda included sessions led by academics and experts based at King’s, as well as Chinese government officials, experts from Chinese think tanks and British and Chinese industry. The Chinese industry representatives remarked that they found the workshop useful in informing their compliance practices.
The workshop was organised by the Alpha Nonproliferation team working with the China Arms Control and Disarmament Association (CACDA). It was attended by over 40 industry participants and representatives of a number of Chinese government departments.
A panel on industry compliance perspectives at the Qingdao workshop