Resolution 1540 (2004) Training Course

The Resolution 1540 training course aims at promoting the implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004)


The Resolution 1540 online training course is an initiative by the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs to promote awareness and understanding of UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004).

Resolution 1540 (2004) is a decision of the Security Council taken under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter affirming that the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, as well as their means of delivery, constitutes a threat to international peace and security. The resolution is significant as a legally binding instrument, which adds illicit trafficking in nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, their means of delivery and related materials, as a new dimension of proliferation and recognizes the risks posed by non-State actors, including terrorists, of acquiring such weapons or related materials.

As other international legal instruments mostly govern the activities of States, Resolution 1540 (2004) addresses the threat posed by non-State actors by explicitly having States refrain from providing any support for proliferation-related activities to such actors, thus preventing their involvement in such illicit activities.

The resolution obligates all States to establish various types of domestic controls as well as other effective measures to prevent the proliferation of such weapons and their related materials.

It is required that States remain keenly aware of what the obligations under the resolution are, keep vigilant of increasing risks and close existing legal loopholes to ensure comprehensive and universal implementation.

What will participants learn?

The Resolution 1540 training course serves as a resource pool to provide foundational knowledge and expertise. It is designed to strengthen the capacity of those already working towards the implementation of resolution 1540 and increase awareness and understanding of a wider range of audiences. The online course provides an in-depth introduction to the topic through 6 thematic modules delivered in an interactive manner.


The course is open to all interested audiences but particularly aims to respond to the needs of entry-level experts, including Government officials, diplomats, researchers and graduate students.

Components and Methodology:

Each module lasts for approximately 60 minutes and includes interactive components. Modules can be completed at the learner’s own pace.

The course consists of 6 thematic modules:
  • Introduction and Historical Perspectives of Resolution 1540
  • Key Provisions and Obligations under Resolution 1540
  • Modalities for Fulfilling the Obligations under Resolution 1540
  • Interaction with other Agencies and International and Regional Organisations
  • Interaction with other Initiatives, Regimes and Counter-Terrorism Resolutions
  • Interaction with Industry and Civil Society

The course is available in English and is held in the Disarmament Education Dashboard, thus participants need a computer or mobile device, with audio and reliable internet connection. No special software is required.


Upon successful completion of thematic modules, including examination and course evaluation a certificate of completion will automatically be issued to the participant.