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In 2008 UNICRI, in cooperation with the European Commission (DG AIDCO and DG RELEX) and with the technical support of IAEA, OPCW, EUROPOL, the SECI Center and WCO launched a Knowledge Management System in South-East Europe and the Caucasus. Designed to facilitate knowledge dissemination, information sharing and effective communication, the System aims to improve the interaction of national experts and representatives from International/Regional Organisations.

In particular, the Knowledge Management System provides:

Within the framework of the EU CBRN Risk Mitigation Centres of Excellence (CoE) Initiative, UNICRI is responsible for the overall administration and monitoring of the implementation of the first 19 CBRN CoE projects. These projects focus on the provision of training and equipment, knowledge development, special and technical support and awareness-raising through interested partner countries, at national, regional and international level.

UNICRI has been tasked by the European Commission with the overall coordination, provision of technical assistance and monitoring the implementation of twelve projects in South Caucasus (Armenia, Azerbaijan and Georgia) and Central Asian countries (Tajikistan and Uzbekistan) in the specific field of bio-safety and bio-security. This programme falls under the second phase of the European Commission’s programme entitled Strengthening Biosafety and Biosecurity Capabilities and is funded under the European Union’s Instrument for Stability.

The Biotechnology Initiative

Advances in Biotechnology are occurring at an unprecedented rate, opening doors for seeking improvements in important fields such as health, food and environment. However, rapidly advancing capabilities, decreasing costs and widely expanding access to and participation in modern biotechnology simultaneously increase the likelihood of safety and security risks that could endanger public health and the environment.

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