Bureau of International Security and Nonproliferation
June 20, 2013

On June 20, 2013, the Hague Code of Conduct Against Ballistic Missile Proliferation’s (HCOC) Immediate Central Contact (ICC) announced the formal subscription of Antigua and Barbuda to the Code. Antigua and Barbuda’s subscription brings the number of HCOC Subscribing States to 135, and expands the number of Caribbean Community (CARICOM) subscribers. 

The HCOC was formally brought into effect on November 25, 2002, at a Launching Conference hosted by the Netherlands at The Hague.  The HCOC is aimed at bolstering efforts to curb ballistic missile proliferation worldwide and to further delegitimize such proliferation. The HCOC consists of a set of general principles, modest commitments, and limited confidence-building measures. It is intended to supplement, not supplant, the Missile Technology Control Regime (MTCR), and is administered collectively by all of the Subscribing States.

For more information about the HCOC, please go to the HCOC’s website: http://www.hcoc.at/.