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The Risks and Implications of Deliberate Events

Deliberate events are intentional releases of hazardous substances such as chemicals, biological agents, or radiological materials. These incidents can range from a relatively small scale of concern to large-scale public health issues. A common example of a deliberate event is the release of nerve gas by the Aum Shinrikyo sect in Japan. The group claimed responsibility for the attack and resigned. The event also prompted a global debate on the use of weapons of mass destruction and the need for global preparedness.

Will work with the UN

Informed decision-making is key to a coordinated and unified response to a deliberate event. Ideally, a specialized group would work with the United Nations to develop a protocol. The UN Security Council is one such organization. This multi-national body would work with the international community to determine how to respond. It is imperative to implement the UN Security Council’s resolutions and the BTWC. Those responsible for developing and implementing the protocols and policies for the prevention and control of such incidents should seek assistance from a competent agency.

Improving coordination and response among international agencies

The Draft International Bio-Emergency Management Framework for Deliberate Events (BEMF) is a policy document that helps the international response community respond to a deliberately released biological agent. The framework is non-binding and non-prescriptive. The general aim is to improve the coordination and response among international organizations. It describes existing response mechanisms and discusses the humanitarian implications of deliberate disease outbreaks. When considering a biological attack, it is crucial to understand the risks and implications of a deliberate event.

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