Sierra Leone to Participate in Global Biosecurity Dialogue

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June 18, 2018

A non-profit organisation based in Washington DC, Nuclear Threat Initiative (NTI) will convene a global Biosecurity Dialogue for government officials, experts, representatives from international organizations, and industry leaders in London from the 18-20 June, 2018, says a release from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

The Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation Mr. Paul A.S. Minah is part of the delegation to represent Sierra Leone in this all important global dialogue meeting.

The dialogue meeting that will attract over thirty countries, international organisations and experts, is aimed at providing a forum for integrated and creative engagement among not only government officials but also experts and civil society organisations to take ambitious action to reduce global threats posed by weapons of mass destruction, including the threat of catastrophic nuclear terrorism.

According to the organisers, the objects of this year’s dialogue is to: explore practical approaches to achieve and track new, concrete biosecurity activities to advance international biosecurity, specifically within the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction, and the Global Health Security; raise threat awareness on biological risks among high level-policy makers, particularly within foreign affairs and defense ministries; and identify barriers to strengthening biosecurity globally.

Issues on: the current status of global biosecurity and emerging risks; mechanisms for turning commitments into creative and collective action in 2018 and beyond; existing approaches and agreed tools for enhancing biosecurity and breakout sessions will form highlights of the agenda for the dialogue meeting.