On 9 and 10 November, the UN Seminar on “Implementing the UNSC Resolution 1540 (2004) in Africa” took place in Accra, Ghana. The seminar was organized by ODA* and was the first outreach seminar of the 1540 Committee in Africa. It was co-sponsored by the European Union and the Government of Norway. Fifty participants mainly from twenty-one States in the region, two subregional organizations — Economic Community of Central African States (ECCAS), Economic Community Of West African States (ECOWAS) — as well as international organizations — namely the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), Preparatory Commission for the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO PrepCom), World Customs Organization (WCO) — participated in the seminar. The Seminar was aimed at raising awareness about the obligations and requirements of UNSC resolutions 1540 (2004) and 1673 (2006) and at increasing and facilitating cooperation and assistance in implementing the resolutions at the national and regional levels.

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