VERTIC Senior Legal Officer participates in Countering Biological Threats conference in Tbilisi

´╗┐VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, participated in the conference 'Countering Biological Threats' which took place in Tbilisi, Georgia during 17-19 May 2011. This conference, with the theme of multinational outbreak response and bioterrorism investigation and national implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention, was organised by the US Department of Defense and the US Department of Health and Human Services. The event was hosted by the National Center for Disease Control in the Georgian Ministry of Labour, Health, and Social Affairs.

Participating countries included Armenia, Azerbaijan, Bulgaria, Kenya, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Turkey and the United States. Participating international, regional and non-governmental organisations included WHO, UNODA (WMD office), NATO, ECDC and VERTIC.

The conference had the objectives of: 
- Strengthening regional/international communication and collaboration on biothreat prevention, deterrence, and response;
- Enhancing awareness of criminal and terrorist networks and cross-border proliferation; and
- Creating regional work groups for enduring cooperation and sharing of regional resources to improve local laboratory capabilities for disease surveillance and control.


Last changed: May 23 2011 at 9:03 AM