Saudi Arabia to Host Workshop on Biological Weapons Dangers

Saudi Arabia this week is scheduled to host a U.N. workshop on the dangers posed by biological weapons.

The workshop on the Biological Weapons Convention will take place Oct. 20 and 21 in Riyadh, according to a U.N. Office at Geneva press release.

Participants are to include officials and experts from six Gulf Cooperation Council nations — Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.

Discussions are likely to focus on the potential threat to humans, animals and plants in the Gulf states, along with the harm that disease-based weapons could inflict on food safety and the economy. Participants are also expected to consider actions taken thus far by the international community in response to such threats.

The Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit and the Saudi Foreign Ministry organized the event, which is expected to go over strategies for successful national enforcement of the convention. The relationship of scientific and technological advancements to the convention is another anticipated topic, along with "effective oversight of science and technology," according to the release.