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How to prevent proliferation of horrific weapons,
weapons of mass destruction?
Ministry of Foreign Affair of FinlandRadiation and Nuclear Safety AuthorityFinnish Institute for Chemical Weapons ConventionThe National Institute for Health and WelfareThe Finnish Custom

Weapons of mass destruction, WMDs, refer to nuclear, chemical and biological weapons. Proliferation of WMDs is a serious concern and constitutes a threat to international peace and security. Several conventions and treaties have been concluded to prevent the spread of these weapons. In addition, the United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 is a vital element in global efforts to combat the proliferation of these weapons. Two other resolutions, 1673 and 1810, reiterate and reaffirm the obligations of Resolution 1540.

Finland is fully committed to the implementation of these conventions, treaties and resolutions. A number of legislative measures have been enacted by Finland to prevent the proliferation of WMDs.

These web-pages have been designed in order to raise awareness of the main problems linked with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction and to make people familiar with the principal treaties in the field. The information package is a part of an awareness-raising project launched by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland and the relevant public authorities.


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