n African Security Review - Understanding the implications of UN Security Council resolution 1540 : essay

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The UN Security Council passed Resolution 1540 in 2004 so that states can pass laws that will assist in the prevention of access to weapons of mass destruction (WMD). Not everyone was pleased with the resolution as it is seen to be giving a false sense of security. This essay seeks to shed light on the resolution by outlining what the requirements as well as concerns are. It also discusses the implementation process of the resolution in detail, incorporating concerns raised by some states. One of the concerns is that the resolution is drafted in broad terms and contains many requirements that are vague and open to interpretation. Based on these broad terms, states are required to adopt and enforce appropriate effective laws which prohibit any non-state actor from manufacturing, acquiring, possessing, developing, transporting, transferring or using nuclear, chemical or biological weapons.


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