On 20 November 2018 the GCSP hosted a seminar on the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) entitled: “The importance of Disease Surveillance and Alert Mechanism: Lessons for the BWC”. This seminar was organized by the BWC Implementation Support Unit with the contribution of the Japanese Permanent Mission. The event is part of the UNODA Project on “Strengthening National, Sub-Regional and International Capacities to prepare for and respond to deliberate use of BWs”. It welcomed some 50 practitioners, and 16 speakers contributed with expert presentations. Throughout the seminar participants discussed the importance of disease surveillance and alert mechanisms from different perspectives, highlighting the importance of holistic disease surveillance and a one health approach. The Permanent Representatives of Japan, HE Mr Nobushige Takamizawa, and Sri Lanka, HE Mr Aliyar Lebbe Abdul Azeez, shared further insights with the audience.
Cover Picture: from left to right: H.E. Ambassador Nobushige Takamizawa - Permanent Mission of Japan to the UN and other International Organizations in Geneva; Mr Daniel Feakes - Chief, BWC-ISU; Mr Marc Finaud - Senior Programme Advisor, GCSP; Dr Alex Lampalzer - Deputy Chief, BWC-ISU
Picture 2: Dr Lee Myers -Manager, Emergency Management Centre for Animal Health, FAO
Picture 3: Ms Jihye Choi -Researcher at Graduate School of Public Health, Seoul National University, Korea