ICCSS vision for regional approach on reducing chemical threats supported by G7 Global Partnership

ICCSS vision for regional approach on reducing chemical threats supported by G7 Global Partnership

Following the safety and travel restriction caused by COVID-29 pandemic the work of the G7 Global Partnership under US Presidency is organized through on-line webinars and consultations.

ICCSS is a member of the G7 Global Partnership (G7 GP) Working Group against the spread of materials and weapons of mass destruction. ICCSS has taken an active participation in the first and second on-line session of the G7 GP Plenary meetings. 

The second on-line (webinar) Plenary Meeting of the G7 Global Partnership Working Group meeting against the spread of materials and weapons of mass destruction, held on 28th July, 2020, highlighted US G7 Presidency priority to chemical and bio security.

The ICCSS took an active part in the webinar represented by Amb. Krzysztof Paturej, ICCSS President, and Mr. Adrian Met, from Canada, CEO of Metegrity, and prof. Stefano Constanzi from US, American University, members of ICCSS Global Team. 

ICCSS President presented ICCSS activities to support the international efforts to mitigate COVID-19 pandemic. He informed on the ICCSS initiative to develop guidelines for oxygen supply for COVID-19 hospitals. He outlined the development of the unique chemical safety and security projects in Jordan and the Middle East and in Ukraine and Eastern Europe. He invited international partners to join the ICCSS in the development of COVID-19 safety security manual for conduct of live CBRN trainings and exercises. The manual guidelines will be applied for the first time during the Full Scale Field Exercise (FX), a final activity of EU-CHEM-REACT 2, EU funded project, planned for 20-21 October, 2020 in Lviv, Ukraine. The intention is to develop the COVID-19 safety security manual as a guidebook for trainings and exercises for First Responders in CBRN areas, conducted in conditions of chem-bio threats and pandemics. The ICCSS and Metegrity announced an initiative to develop digital risk management models for CBRN threats.

The webinar confirmed support for the ICCSS proposals to enhance regional chemical safety and security, and highly assessed the ICCSS coordinated the pilot project on chemical safety and security in Jordan and the Middle East. ICCSS proposals to enhance resilience against cyber threats and reliability in chemical and petrochemical industries will be discussed further in the G7 GP Working Groups.     

Relevant information:

The Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction(G7 Global Partnership) https://www.gpwmd.com/ is a G7-led, 31-member international initiative aimed at preventing the proliferation of chemical, biological, radiological, and nuclear (CBRN) weapons and related materials. The Global Partnership serves as an international forum for coordination and delivery of programming to prevent CBRN terrorism and proliferation, follows a set of Principles and Guidelines that were established at the Kananaskis Summit (2002). G7 GP is chaired by GP Presidency. The Global Partnership relies on all member nations and partner organizations to bring their ideas and resources to the table. It also welcomes suggestions and proposals for collaborative threat reduction programming from external implementing partners (e.g. NGOs). Canada leads the G7 GP matchmaking.

Going Regional on Chem-Bio Safety and Security. Each region poses different security challenges as well as opportunities. Different regions have their own cultural distinctiveness, and this is true even within regions. Many regions do not have the capacity to take on many of the existing chem-bio safety and security risks and challenges. Because of growing chemical and bio security risks, ICCSS has identified and developed concrete programs for the regions of Eastern Europe and the Middle East, as priorities. Within ICCSS implemented EU-CHEM-REACT program, financed by EU,  Belarus, Ukraine and Moldova are engaged in the development of modern civil protection and chemical and bio threat reduction. Within the ICCSS led Jordan program on chemical safety and security, financed by US DTRA, Jordan developed a model chemical security national regulatory framework. The project development  offers Jordan as regional hub for chemical safety and security. This program will also cover bio-security concerns.

Digitizing Industry to Enhance Chem-Bio Security And Cybersecurity in time of COVID-19 pandemic

Each day we hear news about hackers hijacking bank accounts, loss of huge of data, attacks on critical infrastructure, what reminds of the importance of cybersecurity for Industrial Control Systems (ICS). ICCSS promotes cyber ​​security as a core element of the broadly, holistically understood "security and protection" of the enterprise.  This allows to integrate cybersecurity with safety security and reliability. We move from paper safety and security to digital/computerized security, which enable to monitor the industry process in real time. Use of new technologies of digitizing industrial plants, combined with existing techniques, such as Asset Integrity Management (AIM), assist to overcome the cyber-threats associated with the digital industry. Automating policies, procedures and reporting within integrated management platforms, will lead to better coordination, consistency, transparency, and reduce costs.