The United Nations Office Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) e-learning module entitled “Introduction to Disarmament: Machinery, Processes and the Role of the United Nations” covers the operations of the First Committee of the General Assembly, the Disarmament Commission, and the Conference on Disarmament. It also provides an overview of disarmament processes as undertaken by the Security Council, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, the International Atomic Energy Agency, the Office for Disarmament Affairs, the United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research, and the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization Preparatory Commission. The course is part of the UNODA Disarmament Education Dashboard which hosts self-study and instructor-led courses. Relevant topics that are covered include Weapons of Mass Destruction and UNSC Resolution 1540.
IAEA Online Training on Nuclear Safety and Security and Safeguards
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) is the international nuclear watchdog that oversees States’ compliance with the provisions of the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons (NPT). The IAEA further works to promote a strong international culture of nuclear safety and security, in order to ensure that nuclear energy and radioactive materials are not diverted to weapon development. The IAEA Learning Management System offers a wide range of training courses, modules, and other educational and awareness-raising material on different aspects of nuclear safety and security.
BTWC National Implementation Resource Repository
The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) is the principal international agreement that outlaws the development, production, stockpiling, acquisition, and retention of biological and toxin weapons. The Resource Repository contains materials and tools in the area of biological security that may facilitate the national implementation of the Convention.
OPCW Education and Outreach
The Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) is the international implementing body of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), which prohibits the development, production, stockpiling, acquisition, and use of chemical weapons. To facilitate the full and effective implementation of the Convention and strengthen the prevention of re-emergence of chemical weapons, the OPCW administers an Education and Outreach Portal with training and awareness-raising opportunities. The portal features online educational modules for National Authorities and stakeholders associated with the implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention, as well as interactive teaching and learning resources on chemical security and disarmament.
CTBTO Online Educational Resources
CTBTO (Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty Organization) education and outreach activities and resources aim to enhance engagement with key stakeholders by developing capacity and exchanging knowledge on the technical, scientific, legal and political aspects of the CTBT and its verification regime with the broader scientific community, academia and the media. The objective of this approach is to raise public awareness of the CTBT’s contribution to international peace and security, strengthen the global norm against nuclear testing, and support efforts to advance the Treaty’s entry into force and universalization.
UNODC: International Legal Framework against CBRN Terrorism
The acquisition and use of CBRN weapons or materials by non-State actors poses a serious threat to international peace and security. The United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has developed a two-part e-learning module that covers the international legal framework against CBRN terrorism and the countering of terrorism financing and proliferation of WMDs by non-State actors. The module is available in different languages.
INTERPOL E-Learning: Hazardous Chemicals and Waste
The INTERPOL Global Learning Centre (IGLC) provides access to a comprehensive range of online e-learning modules and documents. The platform offers more than 60 different courses with an increasingly interactive component. IGLC also contains an online library of resources with a wealth of links to reports, documents and websites of law enforcement organizations. This is complemented by resources from other relevant bodies such as universities, police colleges, academies and training institutions. Most IGLC courses are restricted access only. One example of a publicly available e-learning course is the Hazardous and Chemical Waste e-learning course. This training covers the provisions of the Basel, Rotterdam and Stockholm Conventions which contribute to safely managing the production, movement, use and disposal of hazardous chemicals and waste.
EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium E-Learning Course
The EU Non-Proliferation and Disarmament Consortium (EUNPDC) is a European network of independent non-proliferation think-tanks that was established by an EU Council Decision in 2010 to support the implementation of the EU Strategy against Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction. The EUNPDC eLearning Course covers 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.
ESDC Training Course on the Non-Proliferation of WMD and Their Delivery Systems
The European Security and Defence College (ESDC) was established in 2005 to provide strategic-level education in European Security and Defence Policy, now Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The ESDC is a network-based college that seeks to enhance and foster competence and understanding of security-related issues, including disarmament and non-proliferation among civilian and military personnel.
IEGBBR Compendium of International Biosafety and Biosecurity Oversight Systems for Human and Animal Pathogens and Toxins
The International Experts Groups of Biosafety and Biosecurity Regulators (IEGBBR) was formed in 2007 and is made up of biosafety and/or biosecurity regulatory authorities from 11 member countries that have strong regulatory oversight systems in place for biosafety and biosecurity. The IEGBBR Compendium of International Biosafety and Biosecurity Oversight Systems for Human and Animal Pathogens and Toxins provides detailed descriptions of the national regulatory oversight approaches among the 11 member countries. The Compendium was launched as a publicly available, searchable mobile application in English and French at the Google Play store in December 2019. Users can search and contrast desired aspects of the featured biosafety and biosecurity oversight systems. The Compendium is a useful reference tool for countries that aim to develop or strengthen their national biosafety and biosecurity capacities.
A Guide to Training and Information Resources on the Culture of Biosafety, Biosecurity, and Responsible Conduct in the Life Sciences
This Guide is an integrated resource covering a wide range of teaching, training, and outreach materials that can be of use in raising awareness of biological risk management, including the need for preventing the misuse of life sciences.
EU CBRN Glossary App
The EU CBRNE Glossary is the EU official glossary on chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear and explosive risks (CBRN-E). It is an information tool for practitioners in CBRN-E management and response (law enforcement, fire brigades, medical emergency, civil protection, border control, etc.) developed by the European Commission in support of the EU CBRN Action Plan. The EU CBRNE Glossary includes approximately 820 validated entries.
Database of Hazardous Chemicals
CAMEO Chemicals is a database of hazardous chemical datasheets that emergency responders and planners can use to get response recommendations and predict hazards – such as explosions or toxic fumes. The tool is available in multiple formats – website, mobile website, desktop programme, and as a mobile app.
The Global Terrorism Database (GTD)
The Global Terrorism Database (GTD) is an open-source database featuring information on domestic and international terrorist attacks around the world from 1970 through 2019, and now includes more than 200,000 cases. For each event, information is available on the date and location of the incident, the weapons used and nature of the target, the number of casualties, and – when identifiable – the group or individual responsible. The National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START) makes the GTD available via this online interface in an effort to increase understanding of terrorist violence so that it can be more readily studied and defeated.
Monterey WMD Terrorism Database
The Monterey WMD Terrorism Database is the largest open-source catalogue of worldwide incidents involving the acquisition, possession, threat and use of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) by sub-state actors. Maintained by the Centre for Non-Proliferation Studies’ WMD Terrorism Research Program, the database includes more than 1,100 incidents that relate to the use of chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) materials as possible weapons. The database presents data captured from hundreds of monitored sources – including news services, academic and trade journals, government reports, books, conferences proceedings, Internet sites and unpublished sources – in a variety of languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, English, Farsi, French, German, Korean, Russian and Spanish.
Profiles of Incidents Involving CBRN and Non-State Actors (POICN) Database
The Profiles of Incidents involving CBRN and Non-State Actors (POICN) database is an open-source relational database recording ideologically motivated CBRN incidents including attacks, failed agent-use attempts, plots and proto-plots. The dataset is currently comprised of 517 events covering the period 1990 to 2016. Each event collects more than 140 geospatial, temporal, motivational, operational, tactical, and consequence variables. The database is managed by the National Consortium for the Study of Terrorism and Responses to Terrorism (START).