The Permanent Mission of Finland to the United Nations organized a lunchtime panel discussion hosted by Ambassador Jarmo Viinanen on 10 April on ”Bridging the Security/Development Divide and Ten Years of UN Security Council Resolution 1540”.
The event was organized to mark the tenth anniversary of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540, which aims to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, particularly to non-state actors. This is achieved by developing appropriate legal and regulatory frameworks, as well as fostering international partnerships. The theme of the event was to assess advances in this work in the last decade and to discuss the resolution's future.
The first panelist at the event was Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Republic of Korea to the United Nations Mr. Oh Joon, who is also the current chair of the 1540 committee. Ambassador Oh praised Finland’s commitment to the resolution, Finland being one of the leading countries in submitting national reports and supporting its implementation elsewhere. The number of reporting countries has risen to 172, leading Ambassador Oh to note, that now is the time to move from raising awareness to a comprehensive implementation of the resolution.
The Stimson Center Managing Director Brian Finlay briefed the audience about the work by the Stanley Foundation and Stimson Center on developing a dual-benefit model for implementing the resolution. Finland has been a major supporter of this work. The successful model assists states in sectors that benefit both security as well as development, bridging these topics.
The audience received copies of a recently published book “Southern Flows: WMD Nonproliferation in the Developing World”, a collection of practical examples of implementation of the model from around the world.
The last speaker of the event, Ms. Yadira Soto from the Organization of American States (OAS) went into further detail about the implementation of the resolution based on the dual-benefit model in the Caribbean. The Caribbean region has been highlighted as a global example, showing how the same projects can successfully support both security and development.
In May, the Security Council will hold an open debate on the resolution during the council presidency of the Republic of Korea. Finland will continue to support its implementation.