UNODA Short Course 1540 National Implementation Action Plans (NAP) - Guidelines



In 2004, the Security Council unanimously adopted resolution 1540 under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter. Under the provisions of the resolution, States are required to refrain from providing any form of support to non-State actors that attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use weapons of mass destruction (nuclear, chemical or biological weapons) and their means of delivery. States are also expected to adopt and enforce appropriate domestic laws and controls to this effect.

The implementation of the provisions of resolution 1540 may entail certain challenges for States, especially in this rapidly evolving global security environment. One of the tools that can support Member States implement resolution 1540 is the voluntary National Implementation Action Plan (NAP). A NAP is a government-generated document that outlines the priorities and plans of States in their implementation of the key provisions of the resolution. Such plans can help to better identify individual States’ needs, facilitate dialogue among all relevant stakeholders and highlight the efforts that these States are looking to undertake.

This short course examines the key provisions of United Nations Security Council resolution 1540 (2004), the development and implementation of voluntary National Implementation Action Plans, as well as the role of the 1540 Committee.

To learn about resolution 1540 in greater detail, refer to the interactive Resolution 1540 (2004) Training Course which is also available on UNODA’s Disarmament Education Dashboard.

What will participants learn?

Upon completion of this course you will be able to:

  • Understand the scope and objectives of UN Security Council resolution 1540, and its synergies with other multilateral instruments
  • Describe the obligations of Member States as enshrined in the resolution;
  • Analyse the development, implementation and monitoring of the voluntary National Implementation Action Plans;
  • Explain the role of the 1540 Committee in providing assistance to Member States in the implementation of the key provisions of the resolution.


Diplomats, especially those new to disarmament matters; interested individuals from academia, think tanks, and non-governmental organizations; the media and the general public.

Components and Methodology:

  • Online
  • Self-paced

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

Short-course Series

The UN Office for Disarmament Affairs Short Course Series aims at making available quality education material on disarmament, arms control, non-proliferation and issues cross-cutting with security, such as gender and development. The courses are targeted for and available to the general public at UNODA’S globally accessible e-Learning platform

In line with the UN Secretary-General’s Agenda for Disarmament this short-course series aims to contribute to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals.