Report on the UN Security Council Resolution 1540 Committee's Open Consultations and Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment (GET) Consortium Side Event at the UNHQ New York June 20-22, 2016.

Report compiled by Diran Makinde and Akin Abayomi
Resolution 1540 was adopted in 2004 by the Security Council under Chapter VII of the UN Charter which gives the Council the authority to deal with threats to international peace and security. UNSCR 1540 established obligations for all Member States to develop and enforce appropriate legal and regulatory measures against the proliferation of chemical, biological, nuclear weapons, and their means of delivery, and ensure the security of related materials, to prevent their i illicit trafficking. It also encourages enhanced international cooperation on such efforts. In January 2013, the 20th Summit of the Assembly of the African Union (AU) adopted a decision requesting the AU Commission to take all necessary steps, in collaboration with the 1540 Committee and the relevant partners, to support Member States in their efforts in the implementation of the resolution. The AU has since taken a number of important initiatives including the organization of awareness-raising workshops and trainings for the national points of contact designated by Member States pursuant to the resolution. Moreover, in April 2015, the AU Commission organized a two‐day assistance and review conference on the implementation UNSCR 1540 in Africa which focused on addressing the assistance requests submitted by AU Member States to enhance the national implementation of UNSCR 1540 at the national level. A number of AU Member States are committed to this UNSCR 1540 but are hindered in its implementation by constraints such as financial, human resources, limited infrastructure, technological capabilities and knowledge to harness the benefits of chemical, biological and nuclear sciences and technology in the areas of health, agriculture and energy.

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Call for Abstracts: ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting

The Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) is conducting an active solicitation for abstracts to attend the ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting in Washington, DC, from February 6-8, 2017 - Venue TBD. Please determine who you would like to nominate to attend this conference and share this request for abstracts with them.

The 2017 ASM Biodefense and Emerging Diseases Research Meeting will unite the individuals carrying out the research to defend against the growing threat of bioterrorism with the decision makers shaping the future biodefense research agenda, recognizing that emerging infectious diseases serve as a paradigm for handling the public threat of bioterrorism.

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The AfBSA West Africa Outreach Program

Become a part of a vibrant community of practitioners of Biological Safety and Biosecurity

In recognition of the significant challenges faced by scientists in West African countries adversely affected by Ebola, the African Biological Safety Association (AfBSA) has created the West Africa outreach program which offers free AFBSA membership and full access to all online resources to qualified students and professionals in the following countries qualify for free membership:

• Liberia
• Sierra Leone
• Guinea

Benefits of West Africa Outreach Membership

  1. Early notification of and discounted fee for the AfBSA annual Biosafety conference, preconference courses and other professional training opportunities.
  2. Interaction with regional and international affiliate Biosafety organizations.
  3. Biosafety publications from AfBSA and other regional and international affiliate Biosafety organizations.

The West Africa Outreach Program is for individuals only. Although the membership and subscriptions are provided at no cost, it must be renewed annually. Membership year is one calendar year from the date of registration.

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CRDF Global is seeking U.S. and international French-speaking consultants for high containment laboratory biorisk management; hands-on experience with Ebola; safety and PPE training for medical professionals; and other relevant topics related to biosafety and biosecurity in West Africa. Please read more about the RFI here.

Submission Deadline: July 29th, 2016.

For more information or to submit a proposal, please contact Maggie Lamborn, Program Manager, at Email: mlamborn[at]crdfglobal.org

AfBSA Joins Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium

We are glad to announce AfBSA has joined The Global Emerging Pathogens Treatment Consortium. GET consortium is a registered Non-Profit organization, registered in the United States, Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone.
GET has five working groups:
a) ECEPAS (Ethics Community Engagement and Patient Advocacy and Support)
b) CASE (Cultural, Anthropological, and Socio Economic)
c) Research and Clinical Trials
d) GPP (Grants, Publications, and Proposals)
e) CESI (Cclimate, Environment, Surveillance and Intelligence)

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Primary Contacts

To send feedback, suggestions or register as a member please contact:

African Biological Safety Association

Fairlane House off Mbagathi Road

P.O Box 35749-00200, Nairobi, Kenya

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