UNODA Occasional Papers No.15: Developing a Biological Incident Database, March 2009

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United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs' (UNODA) Occasional Papers is a series of ad hoc publications presenting, in edited form, papers or statement made at international meetings, symposiums, seminars or workshops organized by the Office for Disarmament Affairs. They deal with topical issues in the field of arms limitation, disarmament and international security and are intended primarily for those concerned with these matters in Government, civil society and in academic community. This document explains the Biological Incident Database based on proposals by experts from interested Member States and on public information available in case studies. Its purpose is to strengthen the capabilities of States to prevent and combat terrorism.




The United Nations Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy was adopted by Member States on 8 September 2006, in the form of a resolution and an annexed Plan of action (A/RES/60/288). It is a unique global instrument intended to enhance national, regional and international efforts to counter terrorism. The Strategy builds on the resolve of Member States “to consistently, unequivocally and strongly condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations, committed by whomever, wherever and for whatever purposes, as it constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security” (para. 1 of the Plan of action). Additionally, the Strategy sets forth concrete measures to address the conditions conducive to the spread of terrorism and to strengthen the individual and collective capacity of States and the United Nations to prevent and combat it―while ensuring the protection of human rights and upholding the rule of law.


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