facebook
twitter
rss
account
search
search
 

U.N. presses for action on biological arms

Dec. 7, 2010 at 3:49 PM   |   Comments

| License Photo
GENEVA, Switzerland, Dec. 7 (UPI) -- More can be done internationally to safeguard and prevent the spread of biological weapons, the U.N. secretary-general said from Geneva.

Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention met in Geneva to discuss ways to strengthen the agreement and encourage wide-spread implementation.

The convention opened for signature in 1972. It prohibits the development, production and stockpiling of biological weapons.

Ban said in a message to the delegates that there wasn't enough action on finding a comprehensive agreement on the convention.

He said, however, that the convention was successful at reducing risks associated with biological weapons and bioterrorism, notably by establishing the common ground that he said laid the foundation for broad action.

"While much is being done to promote assistance and cooperation for the peaceful uses of biological science and technology, more could still be done to improve coordination and communication," he said in his statements.

He pointed out that 13 states have signed the convention without ratifying it while 19 have yet to sign on to the convention at all.

"I call on those states that have not done so to sign and ratify the convention without further delay," he said.

More than 160 nations have signed and ratified the agreement.

© 2010 United Press International, Inc. All Rights Reserved. Any reproduction, republication, redistribution and/or modification of any UPI content is expressly prohibited without UPI's prior written consent.
Most Popular
1
Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone Great white shark circling surfers photographed by drone
2
Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S. Poland buys medium-range missiles from U.S.
3
Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit' Watch: News anchor resigns live on-air to sell pot, '[Expletive] it, I quit'
4
Louisiana judge rules state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional Louisiana judge rules state's gay marriage ban is unconstitutional
5
Arrest warrant issued for 'person of interest' in missing UVA student case Arrest warrant issued for 'person of interest' in missing UVA student case
Trending News
Video
x
Feedback