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RSS supports Jordan, regional safety, security needs

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AMMAN — The Royal Scientific Society has established a Chemical, Biological, Radiological, and Nuclear (CBRN) Threat Office to advance technical and scientific cooperation in the CBRN sector, the Jordan News Agency, Petra, reported.اضافة اعلان

The CBRN Threat Office collaborates with national, regional, and international partners from government and non-governmental organizations to promote research and best practices in CBRN risk mitigation through the development, facilitation, and implementation of impactful programming, RSS said in a statement on Wednesday.

With the participation of HRH Princess Sumaya bint El Hassan, the CBRN Threat Office has recently held its first Advisory Board meeting by hosting high-level delegations from the US Department of Energy (DOE) and Sandia National Laboratories, the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW), and South Korea’s Korea Institute of Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Control to learn more about the CBRN Threat Office’s five-year strategic plan, and to determine ways to work together on programming that will advance the application of CBRN sciences and related technologies that align with the government’s safety and security priorities. The members of the Advisory Board first met with Jordan’s national stakeholders representing various government, military, and non-profit organizations.

The CBRN Threat Office’s activities will be focused on identifying and mitigating the CBRN risks threatening the region’s communities through the development of comprehensive safety and security strategies underpinned by legislative, human, and physical infrastructure to build healthier and more secure communities capable of facing upcoming challenges.

Additionally, the CBRN Threat Office provided the Advisory Board with an update on a number of ongoing professional development initiatives for the government and public institutions that are focused on first responders, border security, human dependability, risk mitigation, and the removal and replacement of Cesium-based blood irradiator sources with safer X-ray-based alternative technology.

There were discussion on upcoming projects. That included public health, such as bio-safety and bio-security, refugees and migration, nuclear security and non-proliferation, including arms control, nuclear safety and security, and illicit trafficking. Others included energy and climate security, such as climate security and nuclear energy, and disruptive technologies, including machine learning, tracking databases, digital image processing, and cyber security.

Nisreen AL-Hmoud, the director of the Bio-Safety and Bio-Security Centre at RSS that houses the CBRN Threat Office, said that the members of “our Advisory Board represent the most advanced international institutions operating in the CBRN field”.

“The positive feedback and their support to expand our work together means that we will continue to have the tools, expertise, and insight needed to maximize the impact and sustainability of our programming in support of the safety and security of our country,” Hmoud said.

Following the Advisory Board meetings, the DOE and KINAC delegations were hosted by Khaled Toukan, Samer Kahook, and Ahmad Al-Sabbagh at the Jordan Atomic Energy Commission (JAEC), the Jordan Research and Training Reactor (JRTR), and the Synchrotron-light for Experimental Science and Applications in the Middle East.

During the visit to JAEC, the delegates were updated on recent advances in Jordan’s nuclear energy program, JAEC’s efforts to secure and replace Cesium-based blood irradiator sources and the work that it carries out to analyze radioactive samples, treat radioactive waste, and calibrate radiation-producing machines throughout the country.

At JRTR, Kahook highlighted the extensive efforts undertaken to develop the human resources needed to operate the JRTR, and ensure a safe and secure environment for running a state-of-the-art, multipurpose, advanced nuclear research complex.

Representatives from JAEC and JRTR praised the valuable output from ongoing collaboration with the RSS and the CBRN Threat Office.

On the final day of their visit, the DOE delegation was hosted by the Energy and Minerals Regulatory Commission (EMRC) and the National Center for Nuclear and Radiological Security (NCNRS).

NCNRS Director Samer Al-Quran, and EMRC Director for Nuclear Security Luai Al-Kiswani briefed the DOE delegation on the advanced techniques used to strengthen the national nuclear security system, and the successful joint projects that were accomplished by EMRC and RSS in preparing the training curriculum and programs, and conducting training events at the national and regional levels.

Among those, EMRC noted the impact that the Radiation Detection Training Centre  delivered in terms of capacity building, border security, and ensuring security and safety in Jordan, a true partnership EMRC and the RSS represented by the CBRN Threat Office.

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