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UN 1540

UN 1540 is the resolution adopted by the United Nations Security Council. This resolution describes the provisions for preventing the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

The proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons constitutes a threat to international peace and security. Resolution UN 1540 recognises and affirms this threat. UN resolution 1540 was adopted by the United Nations Security Council in 2004. UN 1540 describes the provisions for preventing the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. These provisions also apply to the means of delivery of such weapons, such as bombs, grenades, missiles and rockets.

An example of one of the provisions of UN 1540 is that all states must refrain from providing any form of support to non-State actors that attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport or transfer nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. A non-State actor is an individual or entity who does not act under the lawful authority of any State in conducting activities related to nuclear, chemical and biological weapons.

The entire UN resolution 1540 can be found on the website of the United Nations or can be downloaded here as a PDF.

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