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African Perspectives on Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction

"On 28 April 2004, the United Nations’ Security Council adopted Resolution 1540 at its 4956th meeting. It was the first formal decision by the Security Council, affirming that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, as well...

The Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty and Africa’s Developmental and Security Imperatives

"Issue 5 focuses on the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty (CTBT), its adherence in Africa and the potential benefits that Africa can derive from the work of the Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization...

Securing Africa's Nuclear Resources

"This publication consists of two main sections with two annexes.Section 1 consists of an outline and initial assessment of nuclear security with particular reference to Africa. This assessment addresses the central research question of how the ch...

Africa’s Development and the Threat of Weapons of Mass Destruction: Update 3

"This update to ‘Africa’s Policy Imperatives’ Issue 1, 2 and 3 published in May 2009, June 2010 and November 2010 respectively,provides a brief overview of international and African efforts to strengthen disarmament and non-proliferation through a...

Report on IGAD Conference on the Prevention and Combating of Terrorism UN Conference Centre, Addis Ababa 24 - 27 June 2003

"The speaker noted that Ethiopia was at the forefront of supporting the signing and implementation of various conventions to combat and prevent acts of terrorism. The Minister further stated that it was imperative for member states to work togethe...

Enhancing the Role of the OPCW in Building Africa’s Capacity to Prevent the Misuse of Toxic Chemicals

"The need to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) is an accepted norm amongst virtually all African States – albeit without hampering the peaceful use of nuclear, biological and chemical materials. Africa’s position, lik...

The Treaty of Pelindaba Towards the Full Implementation of the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty

"This guide briefly outlines the African Nuclear-Weapon-Free Zone Treaty (Treaty of Pelindaba) and describes the procedures that most African States need to follow in order to ratify or accede to this treaty and to implement its provisions. The ...

Towards Effective Implementation of UN-imposed Arms Embargoes in Africa

An analysis is provided in this policy brief, regarding the implementation of arms embargoes in Côte d’Ivoire, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Sierra Leone and Somalia. These countries were selected for analysis based on their particul...

Progress Towards Securing Africa's Nuclear Resources

"Section I of this assessment addresses the central research question of how the challenge of securing nuclear materials on the African continent is currently being addressed by investigating existing and future activities undertaken by African go...

The Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation Relevance to African states

On 24 November 2002, the Hague Code of Conduct against Ballistic Missile Proliferation (HCoC) came into effect. It aimed to strengthen efforts to curb ballistic missile proliferation worldwide, thereby supplementing the Missile Technology Control...

Africa’s Engagement with the International Nuclear Security Framework

"In March 2014, the third Nuclear Security Summit will take place in The Hague, the Netherlands. The summit represents an opportunity for invited states to assess progress made since 2010, focusing specifically on the objectives and actions out...

Biological Weapons Convention - Confidence, the Prohibition and Learning from the Past

Confidence in the Biological Weapons Convention(BWC)needs to be strengthened. This can be done by asking what limits the relevance of Confidence Building Measures, but we also need to identify what else is necessary to establish and maintain confi...

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