Ebola outbreaks, pandemics, and biological weapons may sometimes
seem to be disparate topics within global health security, but they have key
factors in common: each could increase the risk of a high-consequence
biological event; all require urgent attention by health and security communities
to prevent and detect such an event and to rapidly respond; and together, they
were the basis for recent global meetings focused on preparing for high-consequence
and of the future.
Health and security experts agree that the risks of a catastrophic biological event are increasing due to factors such as rapid advances in technology, an increasingly interconnected world with persistent health security challenges, ongoing global insecurity and disorder, and a breakdown in global security and scientific norms, including important norms against the development and use of weapons of mass destruction. Despite these shared concerns, urgent biosecurity risks are not being adequately addressed in mainstream health and security fora.
What should health and security communities do?
To raise the level of discourse and support the cross-sectoral dialogue needed to address these challenges, NTI and a number of partners* brought these issues to the mainstream security community during an and to mainstream global health experts during a .