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United Nations Unveils ‘Implementation Support Unit’ for Biological Weapons

Posted by K.E. White on August 21, 2007

The United Nations yesterday unveiled a new bureau that aims to foster cooperation between members of the Biological Weapons Convention.

The Implementation Support Unit, which is funded by the States parties to the Biological Weapons Convention and has a staff of three professional officers, is based in the Geneva Branch of the Office for Disarmament Affairs. The recently appointed United Nations High Representative for Disarmament Affairs, Sergio Duarte, invited States parties to support this initiative: “Much of the mandate of the Unit is concerned with facilitating communication among States parties and, upon request, facilitating contacts with scientific and academic institutions, as well as non-governmental organizations. The Unit will also serve as a central clearinghouse for information relating to confidence-building measures. Clearly, the more States parties make use of such services, the better they will work.”

The Unit is also mandated to provide administrative support to the State Parties and to promote universal adherence to the ban on biological weapons and to persuade the remaining States not party to join the Convention.

Ambassador Masood Khan of Pakistan, who is chairing this year’s meetings of the Biological Weapons Convention, emphasized the key role to be played by the Unit: “The Unit will harness resources, forge connections, develop networks and identify opportunities. It will make an important and innovative contribution to our collective effort to reduce the terrible threat posed by biological weapons.”

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