Biological weapons agreement provides cooperation against pandemics

The Treaty on the Biological and Toxin Weapons (BWC), which entered into force in 1975, was originally designed to prohibit the development, production and stockpiling of biological weapons and toxic by the States. However, to meet the threats of the twenty-century atheist, used the signatories of the Treaty to try to prevent bio-terrorism and expand the exchange of information and contacts that can be used to control any epidemic spread deliberately or otherwise.

Discussions at the annual meeting of the Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention and toxic which was organized on 6-10 December in Geneva, and reflected the recognition that prevention and response to disease caused deliberately by a biological weapon, or causes an offer through poor eating biological materials, or naturally in the cases such as cholera or avian influenza, require the same mechanisms and coordination among governments, health professionals and scientists.

Led to the Laura Kennedy, the Permanent Representative of the United States to the Conference on Disarmament and Special Representative to the issues of the Biological Weapons Convention and toxic, the U.S. delegation to the meeting, said that enhanced cooperation between governments, professional journalists and other experts will benefit everyone, including countries that do not have the ability to biological weapons or that do not think they would be targeted. Kennedy said that each country vulnerable to the spread of the epidemic, and therefore the biological weapons treaty aims to reach out to all countries around the world.

Said Kennedy Writer of Geneva, on 10 December, the Government Obama "is very pleased to see the growing cooperation among the communities of health and security" that work together to strengthen the capacity of local, national and international organizations to deal with disease outbreaks.

Said Kennedy, the United States want to see the focus enhanced the bio-terrorism and to continue the traditional focus of the Treaty on the identities of the states, adding that Obama realizes that "the spread of the epidemic diversity can be devastating just taking incident nuclear, whether initiated by a State or terrorist group."

Kennedy added, "When built capacity, this powerful tool to deter."

And said, "but the deliberate use of biological weapons in the twenty-century atheist, is not the sole concern." She added, "There is a wide spectrum of disease outbreaks can be caused by deliberate or accidental, or natural. While we are strengthening the mechanisms for dealing with these challenges, we can use in all areas.

Haiti is currently battling an outbreak of cholera. Continue to 5 The HIV 1 (H5N1), also known as bird flu, injury and killing people around the world. Said Kennedy, the Parties to the Treaty of biological weapons around the world want to be using the Convention on Arms Control and Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in order to collect the scientific community, health, and specialists to enforce the law, and governments together to assist States in developing an integrated approach to any kind of programs for the prevention and treatment of epidemic diseases.

Kennedy said, "This linking of international assistance, and provide expertise that may lead to investigations to identify the outbreak. Thus, when she placed a set of tools at our disposal."

As well as to highlight the overlap between the outbreak intentional and unintentional, discussed the Geneva meeting, the laws of international health to the World Health Organization (WHO) for the year 2005, which calls for countries to cooperate in the prevention and treatment of diseases.

The agency says Kennedy, the World Health Organization and the Biological Weapons Convention, the two lists in Geneva, for two different tasks, but their roles are complementary to each other.

We have established the Biological Weapons Convention is also a network of national contact points in the event of widespread disease.Kennedy said there is still a need to assist countries in responding better to the conditions of outbreaks by helping them to develop their capacity, and laws, and practices.

And said, "It contributes to bridging the gaps. It connects people and exchange information, and develop such networks in place" at the local, national, and international. She added, "This is achieved through multilateral diplomacy, and to provide technical assistance to countries, and management workshops help partner countries."

Kennedy added that the meetings of the 6-10 December / December, "put us on the path to very good" for the seventh Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention, to be held in Geneva, 5-22 December 2011. Planning the Biological Weapons Convention is also to hold a preparatory conference in April 2011, as well as a series of regional workshops, including in Kenya, Nigeria and Jordan, meetings and seminars of additional experts around the world.

Government is pleased to see Obama's level of interest in the world, and hopes to see soon, "every single country signed the treaty and is working actively."

Kennedy said, "This is certainly our goal and the longer I think we're making progress," she said, "This is a system of arms control ... and that to apply to great benefits for each country around the world."

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