Office of the Spokesperson
April 6, 2016
Ambassador Bonnie Jenkins will lead the U.S. delegation to a Review and Assistance Conference on the Implementation of UN Security Council resolution 1540 (2004) at the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, on April 6-7, 2016. Resolution 1540, among its other legally binding obligations, requires all States to prohibit non-State actors, including terrorists, from engaging in a range of activities related to nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons and their means of delivery, and to have controls for legitimate commercial and scientific activities that terrorists and other criminals might abuse for proliferation purposes. Full and effective implementation of the resolution and other nonproliferation and disarmament instruments will enhance the national capacities of AU Member States to deal with the multitude of threats and create a secure and well regulated environment for foreign investment.