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…

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…

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…

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…

EC: First Security Union Progress Report Released

The report notes the extension by one year of the sanctions regime which allows the EU to impose restrictive measures on persons and entities involved in the development and use of chemical weapons. On 14 October 2020 the Council of the EU adopted…

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…

EU Security Union Strategy: connecting the dots in a new security ecosystem

Noting that “terrorists have sought to acquire and ‘weaponise’ chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials”, the EU Security Union Strategy 2020-2025 underlines the need for strengthening the EU civil protection response…

UN Counter-Terrorism Centre EXPO

The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Centre (UNCCT) has recently launched a virtual EXPO that provides an overview of the international efforts to prevent and counter terrorism and violent extremism across the globe. The EXPO features a designated…

WHO: Country Preparedness and Response Status for COVID-19

The World Health Organisation publishes a regularly updated Country Preparedness and Response Status for COVID-19 report which is intended to facilitate risk and capacity assessments, in order to identify key response requirements in countries…

Basic Psychosocial Skills – A Guide for COVID-19 Responders

On 26 May 2020, the UN Inter-Agency Standing Committee (IASC), the highest-level humanitarian coordination forum of the UN system published a guidance document – Basic Psychosocial Skills: A Guide for COVID-19 Responders – aimed at building…