Jamaica hosts workshop on CBRNE disasters

A two-day workshop on the accidental or deliberate use of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive materials opened in Kingston, Jamaica on Wednesday.

The workshop was a joint effort of INTERPOL and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs. It taught security plannerss and law enforcement in the region about the implementation of national emergency response systems to strategic threat and the critical infrastructure needed to develop adequate national and regional response capacities, Jamaica Observer reports.

The workshop was attended by several senior officials that represented law enforcement agencies from around the region, policy personnel from foreign affair ministries, national security from Caribbean Community member states and Chief of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch of the United Nations Dr. Gabriele Kraatz-Wadsack.

"The workshop is an important initiative which serves to deepen cooperation between the international community and Caricom states in facing non-traditional security and potential public health challenges," O'Neil Hamilton, coordinator of a joint Caricom-United Nations programme, said, according to Jamaica Observer.

The workshop is an expanded engagement between INTERPOL and the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and Caricom member states. The goal of their collaboration is to prevent the spread of weapons of mass destruction within the Caribbean, Jamaica Observer reports.