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Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force

“Interagency Coordination in the Event of a Terrorist Attack Using Chemical or Biological Weapons and Materials” Report

The growth of biological and chemical technologies in recent years offers many benefits, but also has the potential to be exploited by increasingly sophisticated terrorist networks for harmful purposes, highlighting the need to enhance chemical and biological security.

While there is no one agency responsible for preparing or responding to a terrorist attack using such materials, there are a number of UN entities and international organizations that address specific aspects of the threat.

The United Nations Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force (CTITF) Working Group on Preventing and Responding to Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD) Attacks has published a report entitled “Interagency Coordination in the Event of a Terrorist Attack Using Chemical or Biological Weapons or Materials.” The report identifies the existing mechanisms to prepare for and respond to terrorist attacks using chemical and biological weapons, and offers ten recommendations derived from the study.