The U.N. Security Council Needs Your Help!

ImageIn 2004, the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), concerned over the threat of illicit trafficking of nuclear material and technology, passed Resolution 1540. The resolution, seeking to prevent non state actors from acquiring Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD), requires states to penalize parties attempting to proliferate WMD and install domestic controls to secure items related to proliferation activities.  This year, the Security Council 1540 Committee will review the results of the resolution up to this point.  In combination with this review, the 1540 Committee is seeking fresh ideas to counter the global threat posed by WMDs.

The UNSCR 1540 International Student Essay Contest provides an opportunity for students to express their views on this complicated topic. By taking the role of any country, the student must develop a five year action plan for implementation of Resolution 1540. The strategy must identify gaps, assess possible threats, and identify solutions. Furthermore, this plan must include priorities, timelines, and methods of measuring success.

The U.N. Security Council 1540 Committee will pick the winners. The prizes for contest winners include:

First Place — Cash prize of $2,000; an all-expense-paid trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to present his/her ideas at an awards ceremony to United Nations representatives; publication of the essay in a Stimson Center report.

 Second Place — Cash prize of $1,000; an all-expense-paid trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts, to present his/her ideas at an awards ceremony to United Nations representatives; publication of essay in a Stimson Center report.

 Three Honorable Mentions — Cash prize of $500 and publication of essay in a Stimson Center report.

 The U.N. Security Council has large amounts of supplemental material at its website and any questions may be directed to 1540Contest@Stimson.org. The submissions must be emailed to Submissions@Stimson.org by August 5, 2016 with winners being announced in early September.