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Security challenges in the Black Sea region
The Black Sea is a critical strategic corridor between East and West. It provides transit routes for a variety of commodities, both legal and illegal, and include energy, counterfeit goods, drugs, human beings as well as weapons of mass destruction (WMD) material as there are a large number of unsecured radiological sources in the region.
Creation of the new Science for Peace and Security (SPS) Committee
The Science Committee and the Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) have together agreed to restructure. "Science for Peace and Security" (SPS) is both the name of the new, single Committee and of the new Programme, resulting from the emergence of common priorities for the NATO Programme for Security through Science and the activities of the CCMS and following the rapidly changing global security environment.
Melange disposal project launched in Azerbaijan
On 4 July 2006, NATO Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, Jean Fournet, and the first deputy Prime Minister of Azerbaijan, Abid Sharifov,
officially inaugurated a melange conversion plant in Azerbaijan.
Extending the scope of Networking Infrastructure Grants
At its meeting in Kazakhstan on 20 June 2006, the Science Committee agreed to extend the scope of the Networking Infrastructure Grant (NIG) mechanism. In addition to promoting local and international collaboration among universities and research institutes by setting up links and networking capabilities, NIGs will also focus on the human networking dimension.
Training in Network Security for Representatives of Silk Countries
Twelve Information & Communication Technology (ICT) instructors have been trained and passed the certification exam for a course on "Network Security" at the Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University in Kyiv, Ukraine, from 15 to 25 May 2006. This training was carried out as part of a Networking Infrastructure Grant (NIG) project on "Upgrading NRENs Training Centres in Silk Countries to Teach Network Security Courses". This NIG, supported by the NATO Programme for Security through Science (STS), is aimed at countries participating in the Virtual Silk Highway project.
A raft of activities during the NATO week in Kazakhstan
The NATO Week in Kazakhstan is winding down today after a series of events and activities with the participation of Mr. Jean Fournet, the Assistant Secretary General for Public Diplomacy, and staff of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division (PDD).
Science Committee to meet in Kazakhstan
Following an invitation from Kazakhstan, the Science Committee will hold its summer meeting in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on 19 June 2006. The meeting will kick off the NATO week in the country, which will include a variety of events until 23 June.
NATO Forum on Energy Security
A NATO Forum on “Science, Business & Technology for Critical Energy Infrastructure Protection” took place in Prague, Czech Republic, from 24 to 26 February 2006. It provided a platform for interaction between the security and defence community and science and technologies companies, as well as oil, gas and electricity producers, in order to discuss the global threats and challenges to the integrity of the world's energy system.

Developing better, lighter body armour

A team of scientists from the Czech Republic, Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine are beginning work on a NATO Science for Peace project on “Light Weight and Transparent Armours”, which aims to develop a new generation of body armour material.
Security through Science projects in Turkmenistan
Scientific cooperation between NATO and Turkmenistan was discussed during meetings in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan, from 9 to 14 April 2006, between a representative of the NATO Public Diplomacy Division and Turkmen governmental representatives.
Science city second stop for NATO-Russia Rally
On 12 May, Novosibirsk, the informal capital of Siberia and home to one of the world's largest concentration of scientists, played host to a day of discussions on NATO-Russia scientific cooperation.
Working to strengthen NATO-Ukraine scientific cooperation
Members of the Information and Communications Security (ICS) panel and staff from the NATO Public Diplomacy Division (PDD) travelled to Kyiv, Ukraine, on 29 and 30 May 2006 for a panel meeting and for visits to the city’s main universities and research institutes. The PDD staff and the Ukrainian Deputy Minister for Science and Education, Prof Andriy Gurzhiy, took stock of NATO-Ukraine science cooperation.
NRC-CCMS Roundtable - elimination of environmental consequences of oil product spills
The project's wider objective is the creation and approbation of a sample regional management system and use of technical facilities while preventing, localizing and eliminating oil spills by example of a pilot site.
CCMS meetings in Moscow
The Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society met in Moscow , Russian Federation on 5th April 2006 , followed by a meeting in NATO Russia Council (NRC CCMS) format on 6th April 2006.
Ballast Water Management with emphasis on the Adriatic Sea
The main aim of the workshop will be to enhance the existing co-operation in the region on the ballast water management issue, developing contingency and ballast water management plans, promoting the implementation of the IMO convention and existing activities in the Adriatic Sea, and exchange experience with other countries adjacent to semi-closed seas.
Synopsis of 5th PS Meeting on Food Chain Security
The fifth meeting of the NATO-CCMS Food Chain Security Pilot Study took place on May 4-5, 2006 in Helsinki, Finland with a total of 13 participants from 8 different countries.
Integrated Water Management
The 6th workshop of the NATO/CCMS pilot study ‘Integrated Water Management’ will take place in Poland, Warsaw - Goniadz. The workshop will last 5 days from Saturday 3 June to Wednesday 7 June 2006. On Saturday and Wednesday transport form and to the airport will be organized.
Southern Caucasus - Azerbaijan: Biodiversity Conservation Achievements and Perspectives for Sustainable Use
Due to its high level of species and ecosystem diversity the Southern Caucasus region has been identified as one of the 25 global biodiversity hotspots. In the past decade Southern Caucasian countries have establish National Parks and set up new protected areas to conserve biodiversity in the region
Third workshop on Oil Spill Response
Delegates from 26 NATO countries, in addition to previously identified experts in the field, have been invited to participate. This Workshop will be hosted by the Centre for Offshore Oil and Gas Environmental Research of Canada’s Department of Fisheries and Oceans and will cover the most recent strategies for responding to marine oil spills.
4-th CCMS EMS Workshop ''Partnering for Solutions to Environmental Management Systems Implementation ''
The Ministry of Defence of Georgia in collaboration with the NATO Committee on the Challenges of Modern Society (CCMS) conducts the 4-th workshop on Environmental Management Systems (EMS) in the Military Sector. It builds on the success of the three previous workshops.