Meeting Growing Threats of Misuse of Toxic Chemicals: Building a Global Chemical Safety and Security Architecture and Promoting International Cooperation
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We witness today a global spread of threat of use of toxic chemicals as a means of warfare or terror. The recent use of chemical weapons and chemicals as weapons in Syria, and terrorist attacks against chemical infrastructure are visible confirmations of a growing threat of misuse of chemicals. The threat is today coming not only from a few rough states but mainly from the groups operating in territories not controlled by the governments and non-state actors. While the globalization and spread of Chemical, Biological, Radiological and Nuclear (CBRN) industries and materials are rapid and very dynamic, international responses and regulatory mechanisms in the area of prevention, preparedness and response against misuse of these agents, especially chemical agents, remain weak. The answer is to move towards global chemical safety and security architecture. A global chemical safety and security architecture, free from political limitations should be built within two core processes. A first process is a continued development of a global chemical safety and security culture. The second one is the development of the global market for chemical safety and security.