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UNODA Occasional Papers No.10: Verifying Non-Proliferation & Disarmament Agreements Today, March 2006

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The Department for Disarmament Affairs, renamed United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs in 2007 (UNODA) Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications presenting, in edited form, papers or statements made at meetings, symposiums, seminars, workshops or lectures that deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security. They are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in the academic community.

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Evolution in verification technologies

The evolution in verification technologies has three phases: the driving factors; the advances; and the impact of those advances on current and future verification systems. The author notes the role of multilateral organizations in the verification process and highlights civil society's increasing role in the development and application of new technologies for informal treaty monitoring and verification activities. Concern is expressed over the intrusiveness of enhanced verification technologies and what factors will drive their future development. The verification lacuna in the biological weapons field, despite UNMOVICs development of an integrated data management system, leads to an appeal for further verification technologies for those weapons and effective verification mechanisms for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.

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