NTI | bio held its inaugural Global Biosecurity Dialogue this week in London, bringing together more than 60 government officials, experts, civil society leaders, and international organizations across the fields of foreign affairs, public health, defense, agriculture, and law enforcement, to identify practical solutions for strengthening biosecurity and biosafety globally.
Following a creative and open discussion, the high-level participants agreed to the following:
- The Global Biosecurity Dialogue (GBD) will be a
forum for enabling action.
- The GBD will work with regional biosecurity experts to overcome barriers and inform development, prioritization, and tracking of biosecurity actions. Proposed work streams will address policy frameworks, capability development, and emerging biological risk.
- Experts will focus on: identifying specific barriers, developing creative solutions to national and regional biosecurity capability, creating linkages between identified gaps and concrete actions to fill them, engaging new partners, and enabling and tracking progress.
The GBD complements existing international efforts to prevent, detect, and respond to biological threats, including the Global Partnership Against the Spread ofWeapons and Materials of Mass Destruction and the GlobalHealth Security Agenda. The GBD also serves as a leadership model for identifying new actions and promoting change within other elements of health security.
The project is made possible by generous support from Global Affairs Canada and the Open Philanthropy Project.