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Tue, 2016-06-07
The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention’s conference report on the implications of advances in science and technology has been published ahead of the 8th Review Conference, which is to be convened in December 2016. This work was led by The Royal Society, in partnership with the US National Academy of Sciences and Polish Academy of Sciences, for the InterAcademy Partnership (IAP) Biosecurity Working Group to assist the State Parties in preparation for the Review Conference.
Wed, 2016-06-01
The World Health Organization issued a public health statement in response to an open letter by international scientists, doctors, and medical ethicists urging for a call to postpone or move this summer’s Rio Olympic Games over the Zika outbreak. The letter cites the failure of a mosquito-eradication programme in Brazil, and the country's weakened health system as reasons to move the Olympics in "the name of public health.”
Mon, 2016-05-02
The Co-operative Agreement for Arab States in Asia for Research, Development and Training related to Nuclear Science and Technology (ARASIA) held its Board of Representatives Meeting in Amman, Jordan, from April 11-14 at the Middle East Scientific Institute for Security (MESIS). The meeting discussed future programmatic efforts and their potential to provide a sustainable impact among Arab states, as well as the necessary measures for an effective and efficient implementation of ARASIA’s Technical Cooperation Program.
Wed, 2016-04-20
The Jordanian and Russian nuclear regulatory agencies, The Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission, and Rostechnadzor, respectively, signed a five-year agreement on April 6 to cooperate in the fields of nuclear and radiation safety regulation. The agreement will allow them to exchange insights in licensing, oversight, and control activities, as well as to exchange experience in the safe storage and transport of spent nuclear fuel and radioactive wastes.
Thu, 2016-04-14
The Board of Representatives of The Cooperative Agreement for Arab States in Asia for Research, Development and Training related to Nuclear Science and Technology (ARASIA) met in Amman on April 11, 2016 for a 4-day event to discuss current and future activities.
Tue, 2016-04-12
On April 8, Nicaragua become the 102nd signatory state to adhere to the Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials (CPPNM), which satisfies the two-thirds requirement for the Amendment’s entry into force.
Thu, 2016-03-03
Kurdish and US officials are currently working to investigate whether ISIS used chemical weapons against Peshmerga forces in a February 25 attack in Iraq’s Sinjar province. Dozens of Peshmerga and nearby civilians reported suffering from nausea and vomiting after the rockets had struck the area.
Wed, 2016-02-24
The first Inter-Arab Nuclear Detection and Response tabletop exercise, "Falcon," commenced on February 23 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. The three-day Exercise, which is organized in cooperation between the UAE, Jordan and Morocco with UNICIR, the EU and the GICNT, promotes international approaches for nuclear and radiological detection and response in order to enhance national and regional interagency coordination and to encourage information sharing.
Sat, 2016-02-20
An Iraqi Environment Ministry document has reported the theft of a highly dangerous radioactive source of Ir-192 from a storage facility belonging to a U.S. oilfield services company in the southern Iraqi city of Basra last year.
Tue, 2016-02-16
MESIS convened a lecture and roundtable discussion featuring two prominent Japanese scholars, Professor Satoru Mori from Hosei University, and Professor Nobumasa Akiyama Akiyama, from Hitotsubashi University.