Chemical Weapons (CW) proliferation and terrorism pose a grave threat to international peace and security. They undermine the rule of law, respect for human rights, protection of civilians, tolerance among people and nations and the peaceful resolution of conflicts. Misuse of toxic chemicals and chemical terrorism poses a grave threat to international peace and security, especially in the Middle East, where the use of industrial chemicals as chemical weapons was recently confirmed in Syria and had been used in the pastas means of terror in other countries including in Iraq. It poses a fundamental challenge to the international community, and security and development of the region.
Experience has shown that no country or industry is immune to terrorism, and that no country or industry can effectively deal with CW proliferation and terrorism alone. Therefore, cooperation between all the related stakeholders including governments, industries, scientific institutions, and international partners, is an important element in the efforts to address this global threat, with an increased role played by the industries providing protective solutions and know-how.
The core principle for the development and implementation of the Jordan Chemical Security Project is to concentrate on the national and regional prevention and preparedness against chemical threats. The leading strategy is to implement a whole-of-society approach which strives to engage all the relevant Jordanian stakeholders in the process of enhancing chemical security in Jordan, with an active participation and support of the international partners, to enhance security throughout the chemical lifecycle. Project implementation will ensure sustainability and continuity of efforts to enhance and develop chemical security by the all the national stakeholders.
Jordan, being under continued chemical threat, has developed relevant experience in mitigating CW and Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear(CBRN) threats and has introduced effective international cooperation in these regards. The objective of the Jordan Chemical Security Project is to further build on and develop these capabilities and expertise.
Amman-Warsaw International Seminar continues the proceedings of the Warsaw Warsaw-Amman International Seminar held in Warsaw on 20-21 September, 2018, proceeded by training on 18-19 September, 2018. 21 Jordanian representatives, under the coordination and leadership of Jordan Armed Forces, from all the key governmental institutions engaged in CBRN issues, with an emphasis on chemical security, joined the Training and the Seminar. There were over 40 participants from 16 countries, international organizations, including INTERPOL and OSCE, industry associations, including CEFIC.
The Warsaw training and Seminar enhanced the capacity of Jordan stakeholders on matters of chemical safety and security. Assistance and protection against CW and preparedness to respond against chemical accidents were highlighted. Proposals on furthering national legislation and international regulations on CW prohibition and chemical security were considered.
The seminar demonstrated a broad overview of relevant CBRN capacities and competences in Jordan. Through site visits and interviews with officials an inventory of issues and questions regarding physical measures, hardware, electronic systems, effective enforcement of existing regulations and laws governing chemical safety and security were made.
The core understanding and achievement of the Training and the Seminar was the readiness of the Jordan partners and the ICCSS, to use the project to promote Jordan as a regional hub for chemical safety and security and the development of the Joint CBRN Training Facility in Amman as a regional centre for chemical safety and security.
1. Support the Chemical Security National-level Regulatory Framework Development and share best practices and capacity building measures in chemical safety and security
2. Present Gap Analysis and Risk Assessments in chemical activities in Jordan and promote the development of a Jordanian cadre of experts and personnel to respond to chemical-related incidents at national and international levels.
3. Establish long-term beneficial working relationships between participating agencies and appropriate national and international stakeholders, including United Nations, NATO, EU, OPCW, INTERPOL, WCO, international chemical associations.
4. Enhance participating agencies ability to deter, detect, identify, investigate and respond to CW-related incidents.
5. Explore possibilities for technical assistance in the form of training, equipment and advice.