Entries by Tatyana N

EU: Annual Report on the 2003 Strategy against WMD Published

The EU has recently published an Annual Progress Report on the implementation of its 2003 Strategy against the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. If used, nuclear, chemical, and biological weapons cause immense human suffering. The EU Strategy underscores the importance of effective multilateralism, including safeguarding the centrality and the promotion of the universality of […]

EUROPOL: EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2021 Released

The EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2021 provides figures on terrorist attacks and terrorism-related arrests in the European Union (EU) in 2020. The report notes that CBRN materials were used in attacks, sometimes in transnational contexts. In September 2020, envelopes containing ricin, which remains the preferred toxin for committing attacks, were sent from […]

OPCW: Indicative Chemical Safety and Security Guidelines

The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) has announced the launch of Indicative Guidelines for Chemical Safety and Security for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs) to Foster the Peaceful Uses of Chemistry. As such the Guidelines are intended to promote the spirit and objectives of the Hague Ethical Guidelines. The initiative to compile […]

WCO Strategic Trade Control Enforcement – Implementation Guide

The World Customs Organisation (WCO) Strategic Trade Control Enforcement (STCE) implementation guide responds to requests from States for practical assistance related to enforcing strategic trade controls. Strategic trade controls apply to strategic goods: weapons of mass destruction (WMD), conventional weapons, and related items involved in the development, production, or use of such weapons and their […]

IAEA: Enhancing Nuclear Security Culture

In March 2021, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) issued a technical guidance document titled ‘Enhancing Nuclear Security Culture in Organisations Associated with Nuclear and Other Radioactive Material’ which outlines a graded approach to strengthening nuclear security culture at nuclear and associated facilities, as well as entities with responsibilities for the security of nuclear and […]

UNICRI: Preventing and Responding to CBRN Threats after COVID-19

In late 2020, the United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI) held an online forum on “COVID-19, Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice Priorities: A Spotlight on Vulnerable Groups” which sought to frame the emerging threats and trends resulting from the pandemic and to look at vulnerable populations through the lens of crime prevention, […]

WHO: A Stepwise Approach to Biosafety and Biosecurity

In December 2020, the World Health Organisation published WHO Guidance on Implementing Regulatory Requirements for Biosafety and Biosecurity in Biomedical Laboratories – A Stepwise Approach. In order to assist users with the more practical aspects of developing and implementing a comprehensive regulatory system, this document describes some of the frequently encountered challenges and barriers to […]

IAEA: Security of Radioactive Material in Transport

In 2020, the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) published an Implementing Guide titled ‘Security of Radioactive Material in Transport’. The publication is intended to facilitate the establishment of an internationally consistent approach to security of radioactive material in transport in States by providing guidance on how to establish and maintain the elements of the nuclear […]

Activity Update: CBRN Security in Times of COVID-19

  This is a periodic publication which reports on the activities that have been implemented in the course of the MASC-CBRN initiative. The First Briefing Paper focuses on the development of the Integrated Directory on the CBRN Risk Spectrum and highlights up-to-date relevant developments in the area of CBRN security. Download Full Text (Adobe PDF, […]

EUROPOL: EU Terrorism Situation and Trend Report 2020 Released

EUROPOL has recently published the ‘European Union Terrorism Situation and Trend Report (TE-SAT) 2020’. The report notes that “in 2019 EU Member States reported no terrorist incidents with chemical, biological, radioactive or other nuclear (CBRN) materials. The intention to carry out terrorist attacks using CBRN materials continued to appear on terrorist online forums and social […]