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Mon, 2016-11-07
The Middle East Next Generation of Arms Control Specialists (MENACS), which seeks to develop and nurture indigenous arms control, nonproliferation, and disarmament processes and expertise in the Middle East, has launched a new website, The website aims to raise public awareness of biological weapons threats and of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in order to garner the support and effort that are needed to achieve universalization of the BWC.
Sun, 2016-10-30
On October 27, 2016, The UN General Assembly First Committee voted to adopt Resolution A/C.1/71/L.41, on “Taking forward multilateral nuclear disarmament negotiations.” The Nuclear Weapons Convention (NWC) is a proposed treaty, which, if adopted, would outlaw the use, possession, development, testing, deployment, and transfer of nuclear weapons.
Mon, 2016-10-17
In a recent interview with the Jordanian Al Ghad newspaper, Dr. Khaled Toukan, Chairman of the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), discussed the country’s nuclear power program. He stated that JAEC, in cooperation with the Jordan Nuclear Power Company (JNPC), would explore the prospects for Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) over the coming decade.
Mon, 2016-09-26
The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2310, which urges all states that have not yet signed the Comprehensive Nuclear-Test-Ban Treaty to do so, was adopted by the 15-member Council at a meeting on maintenance of international peace and security on September 23, 2016.
Wed, 2016-08-24
A specialized team from the Research Laboratories and Information Directorate at the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC) has recently extracted Uranium from ores in central Jordan in order to begin production of yellow cake—this is seen as one of the fundamental components for capitalizing on the presence of Uranium in the country.
Thu, 2016-07-14
Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu stated on June 20, that his country would not yet be ratifying the CTBT this year as experts had expected. Netanyahu said he continues to support the treaty but that Israel’s ratification of it is dependent on regional context and appropriate timing.
Tue, 2016-07-12
Jordanian and Russian experts said they continue to work to ensure that Jordan’s first nuclear power plant will be equipped with necessary precautions in the event of an accident. On July 3, the Russian State Atomic Energy Corporation (ROSATOM)
Tue, 2016-06-21
In the early hours of Tuesday, June 21, an explosives-laden truck detonated near a refugee camp on the border with Syria, killing six Jordanian personnel from the Jordan Armed Forces, the Public Security Directorate and the Civil Defense Directorate, while injuring 14 others. Later that day, an official statement issued by the Jordanian Armed Forces declared that Jordan’s northern and north-eastern borders would become closed military zones.
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.”