NEW YORK, DECEMBER 15 – Concerned by the proliferation risks posed by non-state actors, which are increasingly using new technologies, scientific development and international trade networks, Italy is convinced that the international community should invest more in tackling the risk of proliferation of biological weapons, as it does for nuclear and chemical threats. Similarly, more attention should be paid to the protection from risk of cyber-attacks of critical infrastructure relevant to the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, the Italian permanent representative to the UN Sebastiano Cardi said today during a UN Security Council meeting on WMD and how to keeping them from non-State actors.
“As responsible non-proliferation actor”, Italy ratified the 2005 Amendment to the Convention on the Physical Protection of Nuclear Materials and the Convention on the Suppression of Acts on Nuclear Terrorism, Cardi said, recalling the recent meeting, hosted in Rome, of the Nuclear Forensic Working Group of the Global Initiative to Combat Nuclear Terrorism. “Border controls and export control are important tools to fight proliferation, smuggling and trafficking of WMD. In November, in Rome, we organized a table top exercise on this issue in the framework the Mediterranean Initiative of the Proliferation Security Initiative”, said the Ambassador.
Education, training and institutional capacity deserve special attention. Every year Italy hosts the International School on Nuclear Security at the International Centre for Theoretical Physics in Trieste, in collaboration with the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA). Inspectors from OPCW are often trained at Italian CBRN Defence Centres, and Italian chemical industries proficiently participate in the OPCW Associate Programme, providing experts from other countries with training in various industrial operations, thus facilitating industry-related implementation of the CWC. (@OnuItalia)