VERTIC’s Senior Legal Officer, Yasemin Balci, participated in the First Annual Steering Committee Meeting of EU CBRN Centres of Excellence Project 61 in Vientiane, Laos on Friday 14 December 2018. The meeting provided an opportunity to discuss the results of the first year of the project and plan for its second year.
We're pleased to announce that Sonia Drobysz has been appointed Programme Director for National Implementation effective 22 August 2018.
The purpose of Project 61 is to address outstanding chemical safety and security issues in areas of legislation/regulation, prevention, detection, preparedness and response. The project addresses not only the sound management of chemicals and their wastes but also takes emerging chemical issues into account.
On 22 March, VERTIC Programme Director for Verification and Monitoring Larry MacFaul and Professor Hartwig Spitzer of Hamburg University presented on preliminary conclusions from their collaborative project on the Open Skies Treaty.
Today, we released Brief No. 30, authored by Alberto Muti. The report addresses information sharing in nuclear security, especially in the context of the 5 April 2016 'Joint Statement on Sustainable Reporting and Information Sharing.'
VERTIC participates in a BWC legislative drafting workshop in Malawi
VERTIC participates in a Regional Seminar on the Implementation of the UNSCR 1540 in Santo Domingo
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, participated in an invitation-only workshop titled “UNSCR 1540 Assistance Database: Use, Lessons Learned and Next Steps”, during 26-27 February, at the Stimson Center in Washington, DC.
Trust & Verify Issue No. 159 is now available. Download it here.
Maria Elena Amadori summaries state party agreement on a Biological Weapons Convention intersessional programme and Aurelie Buytaert discusses the European Union and the BWC. Plus verification watch, notable quotes and an expanded staff news section.
VERTIC’s Senior Legal Officer, Yasemin Balci, participated in a regional conference, organised by the Government of Panama and the Organization of American States, on 6 – 7 February 2018.
VERTIC’s Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, participated in Fact-Finding Visits in Viet Nam and Lao PDR during 29 January through 2 February as part of EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Project 61. These were the third two of ten visits to the project countries through March 2018.
The Remote Warfare Programme, part of the Oxford Research Group, has recently released a briefing paper authored by Katherine Tajer, formerly a researcher with VERTIC's Verification and Monitoring Programme.
Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation, took part in the Wilton Park Conference "The CWC: the fourth Review Conference and beyond" during 22-24 January.
VERTIC’s Programme Director for National Implementation, Scott Spence, participated in Fact-Finding Visits in Myanmar and Cambodia during 12-21 January as part of EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence Project 61.
VERTIC congratulates the State of Palestine on becoming the 180th State Party to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. The State of Palestine deposited its instrument of accession with Russia and the United Kingdom (two of the Convention’s depositaries) on 9 January 2018.