PRESS RELEASE: Mongolia joins biosafety and biosecurity Project 53 of the EU CBRN CoE Initiative
Mongolia joins biosafety and biosecurity Project 53 of the EU CBRN CoE Initiative
On 12 December 2016, the National Committee on Biosafety of Mongolia formally agreed to participate in the European Union Chemical Biological Radiological and Nuclear Centres of Excellence Initiative Project 53 (EU CBRN CoE P53). Furthermore, the Committee appointed Dr. S. Bayarkhuu as the EU CBRN CoE P53 National Focal Point. A National Kick-Off meeting for Mongolia is planned at the end of January, 2017 in Ulaanbaatar, and Mongolian experts will participate in the Regional Kick-Off meeting in Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan at the start of February, 2017.
The EU CBRN CoE P53 project, entitled ‘Strengthening the National Legal Framework and Provision of Specialized Training on Bio-Safety and Bio-Security in Central Asian Countries’ currently involves active participation from Biosafety and Biosecurity experts in Afghanistan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan and now Mongolia.
The project was conceived and funded within the framework of the EU CBRN CoE (www.cbrn-coe.eu) initiative. The CoE currently covers 8 regions and 54 partner countries. The EU CBRN CoE Secretariat for Central Asia is based in Tashkent, Uzbekistan. It works in partnership with countries to encourage local ownership of CBRN action plans, policies and joint preparation of regional project proposals.
The ISTC's role is to support implementation of the project, working with the EU Team of Experts (SCJS, VERTIC, PHE and RIVM) and Teams of National Experts to support capacity and capability building amongst medical, veterinary, customs, food safety, legislative and first responder professionals in participating countries.