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Biosecurity Initiative

Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative

Geneva (Palais des Nations) -

On 19 September 2019, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and UNICRI co-hosted a workshop that brought together international experts and emerging leaders from different countries to discuss global programs dedicated to biosecurity and the prevention of the misuse of current and future biotechnologies.

Experts from UNICRI, the Spiez Laboratory, the Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit (BWC ISU) of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, the National Defense University’s Center for the Study of Weapons of Mass Destruction (WMD Center) and the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) offered perspectives on a wide range of important work ongoing in the UN and international systems in the areas of biosecurity, public health preparedness and response, and global health security.

The event, organized at the Palais des Nations in Geneva, was part of the Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative (ELBI) fellowship program, a Johns Hopkins’ initiative that introduces and networks early career professionals from medicine, the life sciences, public policy, public health, journalism, academia, and others in order to add breadth and depth to the health security workforce.