Jacob H. Eckles
Senior Program Officer, Global Biological Policy and Programs
Biological risks are becoming increasingly complex and global. Many countries do not invest in biosecurity assistance, and financial commitments are not well-tracked.
A new, international cross-sectoral dialogue to elicit and track specific actions to advance global biosecurity.
Concrete steps for countries to fill gaps and overcome barriers to strengthening biosecurity capability.
Biosecurity is under-represented as a policy and financial priority among countries and international institutions working to address global health security and to counter the risks associated with weapons of mass destruction. Even among countries and regions that have made commitments to improve biosecurity capability, few mechanisms are available to track or account for them. In light of increasingly complex and widescale biosecurity threats, these limitations pose a serious concern for international security.
NTI’s Global Biosecurity Dialogue brings together senior officials from ministries of foreign affairs, health, defense, agriculture and other relevant sectors to address these limitations and identify new and measurable actions to advance international biosecurity. Over time, this Dialogue seeks to:
The Global Biosecurity Dialogue will complement existing international efforts to mitigate biological threats, including the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction and the Global Health Security Agenda. NTI’s Global Biosecurity Dialogue also should serve as a leadership model for identifying new actions and promoting change within other elements of health security.
Those involved in GBD activities can access the GBD portal here.
NTI | bio hosted more than 50 high-level biosecurity experts and professionals from governments, civil society, and regional and international organizations for the 2023 Global Biosecurity Dialogue Workstream meetings.
NTI | bio convened experts from around the world from governments, industry, and civil society in Cape Town, South Africa to discuss emerging biological risks and offer actions to address them.
NTI | bio brought together 100 biosecurity experts from around the world for virtual discussions about actions taken since the 2021 Virtual Global Biosecurity Dialogue, the future of biosafety and biosecurity, and lessons learned from COVID-19.
NTI | bio and Africa CDC Work to Build COVID-19 Biosafety and Biosecurity Capacity in Northern Africa
First Virtual Global Biosecurity Dialogue Yields Important Pledges to Strengthen Biosecurity
The NTI Global Biological Policy and Programs team partnered with ACDC to sponsor a training for experts across the Eastern African region to reduce biological risks.
NTI | bio hosted two events designed to discuss steps to fill global gaps in capability to prevent biological events and to reduce biological risks.
NTI'S biosecurity program partnered with ACDC to sponsor the second event in a series of workshops to advance ACDC's initiative to stregthen biosecurity and biosafety.
The workshop sought to develop strategies for addressing biosecurity and biosafety capacity gaps at both the national and regional levels.
NTI bio participated in the first annual Global Health Security (GHS) Conference
Participants developed four new proposals to advance biosecurity policies, develop country capability, and create capacity to identify and reduce emerging biological risks.
NTI | bio will join senior officials and experts from around the world to advance global biosecurity capability during the 5th Global Health Security Agenda.
NTI's Hayley Severence and Michelle Nalabandian participate in the 2018 BWC Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response, and Preparedness (MX4)
NTI | bio held its inaugural Global Biosecurity Dialogue this week in London...
The event explored the current state of international biological risk and next steps to catalyze additional efforts toward biological risk reduction.
NTI's Beth Cameron was invited to participate in a security-centered dialogue that will focus on assessing and reducing risks from emerging technologies.
NTI joins hundreds of international government officials and experts during the 70th World Health Assembly in Geneva, Switzerland to highlight health and security partnerships.
A new analysis from Gabrielle Tarini and Raymond Zilinskas of CNS examines gene drive systems and the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention
NTI Co-Chairman Sam Nunn released this statement on the eve of two important global health meetings in Washington, D.C.