International treaties designed to prevent the weaponization of chemical and biological substances are not keeping up with modern science.
Although the outcome was modest, the conference produced one of the few international agreements of 2022, he says.
Key states pledged stronger action to mitigate the risk posed by biological threats.
Russia Loses Bid for UN Probe of Ukraine, United States
Russia called a special meeting to reaffirm bioweapons charges against Ukraine and the United States but has offered no evidence.
Moscow offers no evidence for claim of violation by Ukraine and the United States.
The United Nations needs to bolster its capabilities to investigate the origins of high-consequence biological events.
Germany plans to prioritize biological security during its year-long presidency of the Global Partnership Against the Proliferation of Weapons of Mass Destruction.
In what could be an important move, the two states urged adoption of guidelines aimed at guarding against the development and proliferation of biological weapons.
The Islamic State group tested biological and chemical agents on Iraqi prisoners, some of whom died, according to a May 2021 UN report.