The U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation (ISN) is working closely with other U.S. departments and the international community to support the United Nations (UN) and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) in the elimination of chemical weapons (CW) from Syria. U.S. assistance to Syrian chemical weapons elimination to date totals nearly $6 million from the Nonproliferation and Disarmament Fund for financial and in-kind contributions to the UN and OPCW.
This assistance includes a $2 million financial contribution to the OPCW Trust Fund, to use to support the inspection and verification of Syria’s stockpile of chemical weapons, precursors, and production equipment; as well as a $2 million pledge to the UN Trust Fund to be to generally used to implement UN Security Council Resolution 2118. In-kind assistance includes $1.55 million for 10 armored vehicles provided to the UN. The NDF is also providing about $300,000 for equipment to the OPCW, such as protective gear and medication to counteract exposure to chemical weapons, as well as training to aid OPCW work. We are considering other support and encouraging other countries to contribute to this effort. More»
The United States submitted its report on its efforts to implement UNSCR 1540 on October 11, 2013. In this latest version the United States reports for the first time that it has measures in place to implement all of its obligations under UNSCR 1540; the report also includes a wide range of data on implementation and enforcement, lessons learned, and reflects a “whole-of-government “ approach as a best practice for enhancing national 1540 implementation. More»
The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Annual Meeting of States Parties is December 9-13 in Geneva, Switzerland.
The United States is a depository nation for the Biological Weapons and Toxin Convention that bans the development, production and stockpiling of an entire category of weapons of mass destruction. Treaty efforts at annual Meeting of Experts and Meetings of States Parties, as well as pentannual Review Conferences have increasingly focused on disease surveillance capacity building, assistance in the event of a suspicious outbreak or alleged use of biological weapons (BW), biosafety, pathogen security, national implementation measures (including penal legislation), and issues related to "dual use" and the responsible conduct of the life sciences. More»
The Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) is a multilateral treaty to regulate the international trade in conventional arms. The Treaty was adopted by the United Nations General Assembly on April 2, 2013 and opened for signature on June 3, 2013. On September 25, the United States became the 91st state to sign the Treaty. As of October, 113 states have signed and 7 states have ratified it. The Arms Trade Treaty will enter into force following ratification by 50 states. The United States worked closely with our international partners during the negotiations to secure a treaty that advances global security and respects national sovereignty and the legitimate arms trade. More»