Assistance Resources

Assistance Resources

Discover CBRN resources available, including general information, databases, online learning tools, and multimedia. For Diversity and Inclusion resources, click here. You can also watch tutorials on how to use the Assistance Support Initiative Database on our Youtube channel.

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General Information

Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction

The Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials ‍‍‍of Mass Destruction (the Global Partnership) is an international initiative comprised of 30 member states and the European Union aimed at preventing the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear weapons and their related materials. The Global Partnership organizes conferences, conducts research, and assists with training to bolster the ability of states and relevant organizations to reduce the risk of illicit acquisition of weapons of mass destruction or their component parts.


United Nations 1540 Committee

United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) imposed binding obligations on all States to adopt legislation to prevent the proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons, and their means of delivery, and establish appropriate domestic controls over related materials to prevent their illicit trafficking. Resolution 1540 also established a Committee as a subsidiary body of the Security Council, known as the 1540 Committee, which is tasked with overseeing the implementation of the Resolution by member states, coordinating assistance requests and offers related to national implementation, and communicating with states and organizations regarding their nonproliferation efforts.

Additionally, Member States may submit formal requests for assistance to the 1540 Committee. The Committee made available an assistance template and encourages States in need of assistance to use the template to submit their assistance requests. Resolution 2325 (2016) encourages States to provide the Committee with specific details of their assistance needs.



United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs

United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) offers resources on Disarmament Education. This includes education activities, presentations, podcasts, films and videos, specialized courses and degrees in nonproliferation and disarmament, and a list of resources on civil society organizations active in the field of disarmament and nonproliferation.


Additional Assistance Databases & Compendiums

Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit’s (BWC-ISU) Article X Assistance and Cooperation Database

This database stores BWC State Parties’ requirements, needs or offers of assistance regarding the peaceful utilization of biological and toxin agents.  Offers of assistance are publicly accessible through this database; requests are only accessible for BWC State Parties with a password.  The BWC-ISU has provided a user guide for the database, which can be found here. 


UNODC’s SHERLOC (Sharing Electronic Resources and Laws On Crime) Knowledge Management Portal

This portal is an initiative by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) to facilitate the dissemination of information related to the national, regional and international efforts on countering terrorism and related crimes. The portal hosts seven databases and serve as an impactful technical assistance and information tool for policy makers, law enforcement and judiciary practitioners, academia and media.


Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction 2018 Programming Annex

This Programming Annex demonstrates how Global Partnership (GP) member countries work in all parts of the world to prevent terrorists, or those that harbor them, from acquiring or developing CBRN weapons. In 2018, a total of 295 projects were implemented by 18 GP Partners: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, and the United States. These projects are valued at close to $1.1 billion and were implemented in dozens of countries in every region of the world. This compendium offers a detailed breakdown of 295 nonproliferation assistance projects.


E-Learning Tools

Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

OPCW offers online courses that individuals can register for free. These tools provide National Authorities and other stakeholders with the requisite tools and knowledge to perform their duties in relation to the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC).  These e-learning tools consist of introductory courses regarding the CWC and National Authorities as well as information on verification regimes.


International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA)

IAEA offers e-learning courses addressing nuclear security, including on physical protection, radioactive sources, transport, and cybersecurity of nuclear facilities. There are also other courses on nuclear technologies, which could be useful for anyone seeking to learn more about the nuclear field.


IAEA also has online booklets and publications covering a wide spectrum of nuclear and radiological-related issues from research practices to environmental sustainability.  Additionally, several booklets provide information on the global nuclear law frameworks and ways to secure nuclear material.


Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO)

CTBTO offers an e-learning course on data collection and capacity building.  This course also serves as an introduction to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty and its accompanying monitoring mechanisms.


EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium E-Learning

The EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium offers a course that covers all relevant aspects of the EU non-proliferation and disarmament agenda and aims to provide a comprehensive knowledge resource for practitioners and scholars interested in arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament of both conventional and unconventional weapons.


Next Generation Biosecurity: Responding to 21st Century Biorisks Online Course

This free online course covers several topics, including: an introduction on biosecurity and biological threats and challenges, how to respond to biological challenges inside the laboratory, how to respond to biological challenges outside the laboratory, and responsible conduct of science in the laboratory.


UNODC e-Learning Module on the International Legal Framework Against Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) Terrorism

UNODC’s module is a technical assistance tool for training purposes that aims to familiarize policy and decision makers and counter-terrorism practitioners with the requirements of the relevant international legal instruments, and assist legislative drafters and criminal justice officials with their effective implementation. The target audience of the curriculum includes prosecutors and judges, investigators and other law enforcement officials, policymakers and government officials from concerned key departments (notably foreign affairs, justice and interior) who are involved in legislative drafting, international cooperation in criminal matters, investigation, prosecution and adjudication of terrorist crimes or have responsibilities in the ratification of international treaties.


Videos & Multimedia

INTERPOL Chemical Awareness Video for First Responders

An INTERPOL border operation to counter the smuggling of chemical explosive precursors across Southeast Asia.  More information on this project can be found in the UNSC Resolution 1540 Assistance Support Initiative Database here:

OPCW’s The Fires Project

As describe on its website, this project consists of short documentary videos depicting the intersection of people and chemical weapons.  Video topics range from how to identify chemical substances in an unknown sample to the kind of explosives that may be useful in effectively and safely destroying dangerous chemicals weapons.


FBI’s Chemical Indicators: Laboratory Security Awareness Video

This video emphasizes the importance of maintaining awareness in the academic laboratory environment and reporting suspicious activities to the appropriate authorities.

IAEA’s Nuclear Safety and Security Video Page

The IAEA regularly posts videos related to nuclear security issues, including summaries of meetings and summits, interviews with prominent figures in the field, and public education videos about avoiding the dangers of radiation.


Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty Organization (CTBTO) Brochures

The CTBTO has published several informational brochures on their activities, including region-specific breakdowns for Latin American, Southeast Asia, and Africa, as well as information about verification regimes and conference summaries.


Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Introductory Brochure

A 28-page brochure that gives an overview of the Convention and its history, goals, and operations.  It can be a good resource for understanding how the Convention functions and why it is important. It also includes the text of the Convention as an annex.

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Regional UN Disarmament Offices Newsletters

UN regional centers periodically publish newsletters about their recent activities in their respective regions. The newsletters cover all topics related to disarmament, including things like small arms trafficking, but often include WMD nonproliferation and can provide states and organizations a window into what kinds of assistance is being provided in their area.

UN Regional Centre for Peace, Disarmament and Development in Latin America and the Caribbean (UNLIREC)

UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa (UNREC)

UN Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific (UNRCPD)