The IFBA together with our regional biosafety member representatives attended the UN 1540 Resolution meeting held in Wiesbaden, Germany. This represented a unique opportunity for our biosafety associations to attend a conference on the UN 1540 Resolution. The meetings was organised by the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) and supported by the German, Norwegian, US and European Governments.
The aim of the conference was to bring together over 25 industry representatives from different sectors of nuclear, biological, chemical, transport and financing to share ideas, experiences and best practices on how industry can play a role in helping meet the UN 1540 objectives. UN 1540 is a United Nations Security Council Resolution unanimously adopted on 28 April 2004 obliging all States to refrain from providing any form of support to non-State actors that attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, transport, and use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons. On April 2011, the UN 1540 mandate was extended until 2021.
IFBA and our member associations were asked to present out activities that support UN 1540 objectives with respect to biological safety and security. IFBA is working towards establishing collaborative relationship with UNODA and UN 1540 Committee following our participation at this conference.