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After-Action Report: Countering Biological Threats: National Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention and Multinational Outbreak Response and Bioterrorism Investigation Demonstration   [open pdf - 6MB]

The workshop, "Countering Biological Threats: National Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention and Multinational Outbreak Response and Bioterrorism Investigation Demonstration" was designed to educate participants about the following: "1) WHO's [World Health Organization] revised 'International Health Regulations (2005)' and the Global Outbreak Alert and Response Network (GOARN); 2) The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) tenets and instruments for an internationally coordinated approach to combating biological threats; 3) 'The United Nations (UN) Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy', a unique global instrument to enhance national, regional and international efforts to counter terrorism; 4) The 'UN Secretary-General's Mechanism for Investigation of Alleged Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons (UNSGM)' and its key elements [trigger procedures, use of the UNSGM roster of experts and laboratories, and the guidelines and procedures for the conduct of investigations as updated by the UN Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)]; 5) The goals and requirements of the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540) implementation; [and] 6) NATO's resources for assistance to Partner countries, and its 'Comprehensive, Strategic-Level Policy for Preventing the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMDs) and Defending against CBRN [chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear] Threats'. [...] The workshop on Countering Biological Threats: National Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention and Multinational Outbreak Response and Bioterrorism Investigation Demonstration was organized as a series of plenary presentations ('academics'), a tabletop exercise focused on the UN Secretary-General's Mechanism for Investigation of Alleged Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons (UNSGM), site visit at the US-Georgia Central Public Health Reference Laboratory, and a practical demonstration of consequence management capabilities of Georgia's Ministry of Internal Affairs EMD CBRN Rapid Response Team."

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2011-05-19
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U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services, Public Health Emergency: http://www.phe.gov
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Countering Biological Threats: National Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention and Multinational Outbreak Response and Bioterrorism Investigation Demonstration. Tbilisi, Georgia. May 17-19, 2011
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