Stalni predstavnik RH pri Ujedinjenim narodima, veleposlanik Vladimir Drobnjak, održao je prezentaciju bilateralne inicijative Hrvatske i Poljske „1540 Per Review“ prilikom održavanja otvorenog brifinga triju protuterorističkih Odbora Vijeća sigurnosti

New York, 27. studenog 2013.


United Nations Security Council 7071st meeting
27 November 2013

Joint Statement by H. E. Vladimir Drobnjak, the Permanent Representative of the Republic of Croatia to the UN, on behalf of the Republic of Poland and the Republic of Croatia

Thank you, Mr. President for giving me the floor.

It is a privilege for me to address this distinguished audience here at the Security Council, namely Members of the Council and the Chairs of the 1267, 1373 and 1540 Committees, respectively.
It gives me great honor to speak to you today on behalf of Poland and my country, Croatia and to brief the Council on a joint endeavor our two countries have undertaken earlier this year to promote the objectives of the resolution 1977, within the scope of the resolution 1540.
As you know, the Security Council resolution 1977 of 2011 extended the mandate of resolution 1540 for 10 years and tasked the 1540 Committee with work to identify effective practices, templates and guidance in the implementation of the resolution 1540.
Poland and Croatia joined efforts to that regard and gave birth to an initiative known as the PEER REVIEW – officially launched in Croatia, June 2013.
The 1540 Peer Review was a tailored process of cooperation between Poland and Croatia, where the two countries engaged their national non-proliferation experts in coming together to compare national measures, regulations and legal frameworks related to the implementation of resolution 1540.
Although it is by no means a novelty in the overall international security architecture, the peer review of Poland and Croatia was a fairly uncharted territory in the 1540 arena. Poland and Croatia moved beyond the traditional tools of the 1540-implementation and introduced a brand new concept in identifying effective implementation practices.
The peer review initiative featured an exchange of visits of national peers and opposite numbers to their respective capitals and their hands-on interaction on a wide range of 1540 related matters.
A pivotal question here is – what makes the Peer Review such a ground-braking idea in the entire 1540 framework?
The highlight of this initiative was the local ownership of the process which enabled Poland and Croatia to engage in a voluntary dialogue, identifying differences rather than setbacks, opportunities rather than shortcomings in a merely cooperative, non-patronizing, audit-free way. The UNODA and 1540 experts maintained an advisory role throughout the entire process.
As I already mentioned, the peer review process rolled down in two phases – first one in Croatia, June 2013 and the one that followed in Poland, four months later in October. As a wrap-up of the final session in Warsaw, the two delegations laid out a handful of tools and measures handpicked as the effective 1540 practices, inter alia:
1) national strategy and/or a pertinent action plan, as a framework 1540 document on a national level;
2) interaction of national agencies and stakeholders;
3) regional cooperation and activities fostering collaboration between individual states; and lastly,
4) awareness-raising among industry and academia.
A detailed report will be presented to the 1540 Committee early next year.
Mr. President,
Before I close, allow me to express appreciation for this opportunity I was granted this morning to address the Council on this important matter and to reiterate firm resolve of Poland and Croatia to continue assisting the 1540 Committee in meeting the objectives of the resolution 1540.
Thank you for the attention!