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  • The United Nations Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD) has approved the nomination of Mr. O'Neil Hamilton to its Roster of Experts which advises the United Nations Security Council.
  • Mr. Hamilton, who was nominated by the Government of Jamaica, is the first such nominee from a CARICOM Member State.
  • UN Sanctions Committees provide oversight for recommended measures and tasks set out in specific Security Council Resolutions which can involve a range of initiatives.

The United Nations Security Council Affairs Division (SCAD) has approved the nomination of Mr. O’Neil Hamilton to its Roster of Experts which advises the United Nations Security Council.

Mr. Hamilton, who was nominated by the Government of Jamaica, is the first such nominee from a CARICOM Member State with a focus on non-proliferation and terrorism and joins a roster of selected professionals from Member States of the United Nations with strategic policy and technical experience relevant to the work of the UN Security Council’s subsidiary organs, including the Sanctions Committees, Monitoring Groups and Working Groups.

UN Sanctions Committees provide oversight for recommended measures and tasks set out in specific Security Council Resolutions which can involve a range of initiatives, including comprehensive economic and trade sanctions and/or more targeted measures, such as arms embargoes, travel bans, financial or diplomatic restrictions. These actions, typically taken under Chapter VII of the United Nations Charter, allow the Security Council to apply pressure on a state or entity to comply with the objectives set out by the Security Council, without resorting to the use of force. UN Monitoring Groups and Working Groups also support and provide necessary oversight for the implementation of various Security Council Resolutions, but can also include Resolutions which do not directly involve attendant sanctions.

Currently the CARICOM Regional Coordinator for the implementation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 which seeks to prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, Mr. Hamilton was also appointed in 2013 to serve as the United Nations Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate’s (CTED) Focal Point for the CARICOM Member States. In this capacity, he is responsible for facilitating the work of the CTED in CARICOM Member States in building regional enforcement and response capacity, as well as assisting Member States in developing anti-terrorism legislation and relevant controls to fully implement United Nations Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1624 in the region.

Under the CARICOM-UNSCR 1540 Programme, Mr. Hamilton’s tenure has seen increased cooperation with the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) and the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) in establishing emergency response frameworks in the Caribbean, thereby increasing the capacity of enforcement and operational entities to deal with incidents involving the deliberate or accidental use of chemical or nuclear/radiological agents.

In partnership with the Stimson Center, Harvard University’s Kennedy School and the International Trade and Investment Law Practicum at Georgetown University’s Law Center, the CARICOM 1540 Programme is also developing a Strategic Trade Controls (STCs) framework and related legislative and regulatory instruments to prevent chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) proliferation in the region.