Disarmament and International Security Committee


James Goodman
United States

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Committee: Disarmament and International Security Topic: Biological Warfare Country: The Kingdom of Thailand The Disarmament and International Security Committee — First Committee — has a long history of creating legislation to curtail the use of unconventional arms. The first resolution passed by the First Committee was “Establishment of a Commission to Deal with the Problems Raised by the Discovery of Atomic Energy” (UN, General Assembly). Beyond Nuclear weapons, the First Committee has passed resolutions relating to: Biological Warfare at the Biological Weapons Conference — BWC — in 1975, and Chemical Warfare at the Chemical Weapons Convention in 1997 (UNODA). Within the Nuclear, Biological and Chemical categories of unconventional weaponry, Biological weapons have shown the most potential for proliferation; biological weapons are 600-2000 times cheaper than traditional weapons of mass destruction, with relatively easy production, many delivery systems, and natural lead time to complicate detection (SIU). Though the BWC has held 8 review conferences and established an Ad-Hoc Group of States, there are still concerns about biological weaponry in modern society, as non-state actors have gained access to biological weaponry (Dailystar), and do not abide by the BWC like most member states of the First Committee. This delegation would like to reaffirm Thailand’s commitment to the BWC and its subsequent Review Conferences. In the words of ambassador Satjipanon, “Thailand may not be a major actor when it comes to disarmament. However, we believe that a step in the right direction, no matter how small, can contribute to progress in disarmament and arms regulation.” (6RC Statement). Thailand has previously advocated for the strengthening of Confidence Building Measures...