South America has seen an increase in awareness in CBRNe threats in the past years, with a successful fight against corruption, and the strengthening of government institutions, South American states have begun to bring their attention to other security threats. Where Peru’s Shining Path terrorist group’s influence has declined with the success of Peru’s military operations on the one hand, and whilst ELN and FARC have been actively engaged in Peace Talks with the Colombian government, the terrorism threat in the region is still a reality. Specifically, within the context of the successful peace talks, demining has become a central condition in the continuation of the cease-fire in the conflict resolution negotiations between the Colombian government and the non-state militia, allowing the possibility to address the major UXO problem in Colombia.
Though hope is undeniable, one cannot underestimate the continued activity of split-militia, as anti-government militia still play a major role both in the illicit drug trade, to fund most of their illegal activity, and in terrorism in the region. Especially regarding the threat of explosives, an example of which includes a recent bomb blast which occurred as recently as June 2017 killing three, injuring several others in Bogota. In the seemingly eternal war on drugs, South America’s actions in fighting against the drug-trade allow insight into the complexities and trends in cooperation and complications visible worldwide, from which much still has to be learnt, and the effects of which can be felt on each continent. In all, the threat non-state-actors pose to the security in the region is undeniable. It also plays a crucial role in the states’ implementation of the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC), as the access to CBRN agents could be catastrophic to the entire populace. In cultivating the awareness of CBRNe disaster security, the OPCW has hosted a series of workshop in the area aiming at increasing the region’s preparedness in the response to incidents with chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals (TICs). The first of these took place in Uruguay in May 2017, followed by Argentina the following week, which will be concluded by an exercise in Brazil in August.
Finally, the Zika virus epidemic of 2015-2016 has taught not only the area, but the entire world, valuable lessons regarding the containment and control of a virus, shedding light on fissures relating to the structure of the health system in South America and the international response to this infectious disease. High-level representatives, experts and decision-makers will therefore discuss how military, special forces and first responders can prepare for the very real scenarios outlined above, and will thereby provide attending delegations with in-depth knowledge in all fields of CBRNe defense – from preventive measures to specific responses. NCT South America 2018 will assemble leading international experts, regional decision-makers and first responders to discuss these imminent threats, best practices and effective approaches in CBRNe detection, civil defense and decontamination.
Acompáñenos en la primera edición de Non-Conventional Threat (NCT) sur America 2018 en el corazón de Colombia del 12 al 14 de febrero! El evento tendrá lugar en el lujoso W Hotel en Bogotá, situado en el exclusivo sector Santa Bárbara. Dada la conciencia creciente en prevención y Respuesta frente a amenazas NBQRE en Sur América, no hay mejor momento para organizar un evento NCT en el continente.
NCT Sur América discutirá a travez de confrerencias tanto los sucesos en la remoción de minas en la frontera Ecuador-Perú, como los desafíos venideros en Colombia ahora que las negociaciones de paz permitirán la remoción de minas. Adicionalmente, el evento tratará la guerra contra las drogas y la detección de drogas sintéticas, la protección NBQRE para eventos públicos masivos y mucho más.
La CBRNe Society se enorgullece en anunciar que NCT Sur América 2018 será organizado en colaboración con nuestro socio oficial: el Centro de Información Química (CINQUI). El evento brindara oportunidades excepcionales para conocer a los principales expertos y especialistas internacionales, líderes suramericanos y primeros respondedores en el campo de defensa y respuesta QBRNE.