NTI | bio will join senior officials and experts from around the world to advance global biosecurity capability during the hosted by the Republic of Indonesia on November 6-8, 2018. The winners of .
In addition, on November 5th, NTI | bio will co-host a side event to announce new actions taken by countries and regional organizations following the successful kick-off of the in June. The NTI team joins other members of civil society for these events as a member of the Steering Group for the , a collective of nongovernmental stakeholders committed to helping make the world safe and secure from threats.
Winners of the 2018 Next Generation for Biosecurity Competition
NTI | bio, in partnership with the is pleased to announce the winners of the Peter Babigumira Ahabwe, Infectious Diseases Institute, Uganda; Dr. Frances Butcher, Oxford School of Public Health, UK; and Javier Rodriguez, National Commission of Atomic Energy, Argentina. Their proposal, “Act Like a Pro: Scenario-Based eLearning for the Next Generation of Biosecurity Learners,” is an openly accessible online platform for students and entry-level professionals. The “Act Like a Pro” platform will also feature a forum for peer-to-peer discussion, monitored by a biosecurity expert.
The winning team was selected from proposals received across 14 countries and six continents. Proposals were evaluated by an international expert panel of 24 judges from seven countries across five continents. The winning team will receive $15,000 to implement their proposal and will be honored during the GHSA Ministerial. This competition underscores the importance of promoting a global cadre of multi-sectoral, young professionals dedicated to reducing catastrophic biological risks. Follow #NextGenBiosecurity for updates during the GHSA Ministerial.
NTI’s Global Biosecurity Dialogue Sparks Rapid Action Among Countries and Regional Organizations
NTI |bio and the Netherlands will co-host a side event on Nov. 5 to support of the GHSA Action Package on Biosafety and Biosecurity, New actions toward improved global biosecurity and biosafety will be announced at the event, which emerges from NTI’s successful launch of the in June as an international cross-sectoral dialogue to elicit and track steps to advance international biosecurity.
The Global Biosecurity Dialogue is intentionally linked to multilateral fora, including the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction and the GHSA, to build political will and increase international investment in biosecurity and biosafety. The November 5th forum will feature speakers and highlight announcements from the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the World Bank, Australia, Canada, the World Health Organization, and the African Centres for Disease Control and Prevention. The event also will include a panel on the successful development and financing of biosecurity and biosafety milestones and an interactive session highlighting barriers and solutions toward enhanced global biosecurity and biosafety capacity. The Global Biosecurity Dialogue is made possible by generous support from Global Affairs Canada and the Open Philanthropy Project. Please follow #5thGHSA2018 for updates during the GHSA Ministerial.
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Thursday, November 1, 2018
Contact: Cathy Gwin