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Visit by United Nations Security Council Resolution (UNSCR) 1540 Committee and Its Group of Experts

Fact Sheet
Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
July 18, 2011


On September 12, 2011, the Committee established by UNSCR 1540 and its Group of Experts will visit Washington, DC. The visit will allow the Committee to gain a better understanding of how the United States Government implements its obligations under the resolution. During the visit, the Committee and its Group of Experts will be briefed on U.S. efforts to implement the Resolution, including: U.S. laws and regulations related to prohibiting the illicit transfer of weapons of mass destruction (WMD)-related materials; enforcement of these laws and regulations; and measures to prevent proliferation—including export controls, security and financial measures, border controls, and other measures. In addition to receiving briefings, the Committee and its Group of Experts are expected to visit several facilities around the Washington, DC area to gain a better understanding of U.S. domestic implementation activities.

Throughout the visit, the United States will engage the Committee regarding U.S. domestic practices to implement the Resolution. The 2009 Comprehensive Review of UNSCR 1540 implementation cited such visits as a way for the 1540 Committee to work with the international community to show progress in meeting the Resolution’s objectives. Additionally, UNSCR 1977, which extended the mandate of the Committee, encourages dialogue between the Committee and states regarding experiences, lessons learned, and effective practices related to controlling the proliferation of WMD. The visit will allow the U.S. Government to share its expertise in these areas with the Committee, and to respond to Committee questions about how and where the United States covers the many requirements of the Resolution, consistent with the Comprehensive Review and Resolution 1977.

The UN Security Council adopted Resolution 1540 in 2004, partially in response to revelations about the A.Q. Khan network’s illicit proliferation activities. It establishes binding obligations on all UN member states to refrain from providing any form of support to non-state actors seeking WMD or related materials, to adopt and enforce effective laws that prohibit non-state actors from any involvement with the proliferation of WMD, and to take effective measures to prevent WMD proliferation -- including security measures, border controls, and law enforcement efforts to prevent illicit trafficking in WMD, their means of delivery, and related materials.

For more information, please contact U.S. 1540 Coordinator Thomas A. Wuchte at (202) 736-4275 or

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