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Combatting biological weapons: Denmark Cooperates with Kenya on Biosecurity

15.12.2015  15:49
At a meeting in Geneva this week of States Parties of the Biological Weapons Convention Denmark reiterates its strong engagement in enhancing global biosecurity in general – and more specifically through a partnership with Kenya.

Denmark and Kenya have established a close cooperation through the partnership programme on biosecurity in East Africa, a pilot intervention funded through the Danish Peace and Stabilisation Fund as an interagency effort involving the Danish Defence Ministry, The Ministry for Health and The Ministry for Foreign Affairs. The partnership was launched in 2014 and the aim is to support the implementation of biosecurity in Kenya, and in the longer perspective, the East African Region. The crux of the matter is to balance the necessary requirements of biosecurity against the need for free research and information sharing across borders.

The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention was the first multilateral disarmament treaty banning the production of an entire category of weapons. The Convention was the result of prolonged efforts by the international community to establish a new instrument that would supplement the 1925 Geneva Protocol. The Geneva Protocol prohibits use but not possession or development of chemical and biological weapons. It commits the 173 states which are party to it to prohibit the development, production, and stockpiling of biological and toxin weapons.

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