EU teams with U.N. to prevent biological, nuclear disasters

The European Union and the United Nations have teamed up to create a program that will prevent future biological and nuclear incidents worldwide.

The Centers for Excellence Initiative is meant to alleviate risks connected to chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear disasters by promoting CBRN policies that are coherent and effective, Xinhua reports.

"(The initiative decreases risk by) promoting cooperation, coordination, and coherent national and regional CBRN policies," a press statement said, according to Xinhua.

Bruno Dupre, the policy coordinator for CBRN issues for the EU Diplomatic Service, said that the agency means to increase dialogue, vigilance and cooperation in areas that have higher risks of nuclear incidents. While the CoE Initiative is not meant to respond to crises, it will attempt to prevent the crises from occurring in the first place.

"The initiative maximizes existing capacities and supports countries to better address the risks posed by CBRN through the coordination and integration of their actions within a broader network," Jonathan Lucas, the director of the UN Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute, said, according to IANS.

The initiative involves over 60 countries and has already commenced in eight regions including South East Europe, Central Asia, Moldova and Ukraine in addition to multiple regions in Africa.