A global community
The Global Chemical Congress is an annual conference that convenes a community of experts working to counter the threat of chemical and explosive terrorism by non-state actors. With a steady increase in the diversion or legitimate purchase of chemical precursors used in explosive devices to cause harm around the world, this Congress comes at a pivotal time and works to build a chemical security community of practice that transcends borders, sectors and institutions.
In its multi-agency approach, all involved partners agree that no single country or industry is immune to terrorism, nor can either effectively deal with chemical weapons and terrorism alone. Cooperation between all related stakeholders including law enforcement, governments, industry, academia, scientific institutions and international partners using a whole-of-society approach is required.
The inaugural Congress
In 2018, INTERPOL, together with the United States Department of Homeland Security and the United States Federal Bureau of Investigation, in cooperation with the G7 Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, implemented the first annual “Global Congress on Chemical Security and Emerging Threats.”
Bringing together some 200 delegates from nearly 40 countries, the three-day event explored specialized case studies highlighting emerging trends, identified lessons learned and best practices relating to chemical incident attribution and response, and evolving technologies and tactics.