Conclusions: The Future of UNSCR 1540

  • Daniel Salisbury
  • Ian J. Stewart
  • Andrea Viski
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Abstract

Resolution 1540 provides a unique tool in the effort to prevent nuclear proliferation. It is legally binding, universal in scope and complementary to other non-proliferation treaties, instruments and tools. The resolution’s first decade saw positive national implementation trends, and it has helped to solidify a norm against WMD proliferation. Despite this, it remains unclear how much safer, if at all, the world is as a result of the adoption of resolution 1540. Challenges remain, including many gaps in implementation around the world, the lack of a clear definition regarding the phase ‘full implementation’, and sustainability of the resolution past 2021. Achieving full implementation, however it is measured, will require a redoubling of efforts to build capacity and share experience. Further consideration will have to be given to how best to marshal and prioritise the application of resources.

Keywords

United Nations Security Council resolution 1540 Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) Non-proliferation Non-state actors Counter-terrorism International security 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniel Salisbury
    • 1
  • Ian J. Stewart
    • 2
  • Andrea Viski
    • 2
  1. 1.Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs, Harvard Kennedy SchoolCambridgeUSA
  2. 2.War Studies DepartmentKing’s College LondonLondonUK

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