NIM Legal Officer participates in 2nd OIE Global Conference on Biological Threat Reduction in Ottawa
NIM Legal Officer Cédric Apercé participated in the 2nd OIE Global Conference on Biological Threat Reduction in Ottawa, Canada, from 31 October to 2 November 2017. Organised by the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), the conference gathered over 300 participants with the goal of encouraging and strengthening links between the health and security sectors and improving international cooperation on biological threat reduction issues.
Cédric Apercé presented on Global Conversations on the use of technologies – Education and creating a culture of accountability. His presentation emphasised how effective implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention, the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 and other instruments such as OIE Codes and Manuals or the WHO International Health Regulations ensures that all activities with dangerous pathogens are secure and States able to prevent, detect and respond to biological threats.
Building upon the momentum gained since the 1st OIE Global Conference on Biological Threat Reduction, the participants of the 2nd OIE Global Conference on Biological Threat Reduction recognised that the mitigation of biological threats, whether naturally occurring, deliberate, or accidental, requires multilateral and transboundary approaches as well as interdisciplinary and multi-sectoral solutions.
VERTIC is grateful to OIE and the Government of Canada whose financial supports made Mr Apercé’s participation in the conference possible.
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