from NTI’s biosecurity program (NTI | bio) joined government officials and experts from around the world in Geneva, Switzerland last week for the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) 2018 Meeting of States Parties (MSP) and the first annual (Global Forum), organized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security.
NTI joined more than 40 individuals and leading non-governmental organizations and institutions to endorse the , which:
- Highlights the need for continued and further
engagement with scientists and experts on scientific advances relevant to the
- Encourages countries that are concerned about a
biological weapons threat from another country to address these concerns
through existing mechanisms under the BWC Article V provision that requires
states to consult bilaterally and multilaterally to resolve any problems with
the implementation of the BWC;
- Expresses concern about the lack of resources
and funding for the BWC and Implementation Support Unit, and encourages Member States
to fulfill financial obligations; and
- Reiterates the importance of implementing the
BWC Article VII provision requiring states to initiate a request for assistance
in case of exposure to a biological danger as a result of a violation of the
The Global Forum facilitated engagement between scientists, policymakers, and BWC delegations to address rapidly emerging advances in biology and biotechnology and their impact on biological weapons policy. The event featured expert panel discussions to address impacts of emerging biotechnologies on bioweapons nonproliferation policy. This discussion complements work within NTI’s Biosecurity Innovation and Risk Reduction Initiative,, to reduce biological risks associated with advances in technology. The one-day event was held Dec. 3, prior to the start of the BWC 2018 MSP.