Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Biological Policy & Programs
This November, states from around the world will meet for the Ninth Review Conference (held every five years) of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC). The Convention “prohibits the development, production, acquisition, transfer, stockpiling and use of biological and tin weapons,” but it lacks teeth — it has no verification mechanism, the budget of a single fast food restaurant, and only a small handful of staff. Nonetheless, the Conference presents a special time when global cooperation on preventing biological catastrophe is especially important: states may be open to new ideas and new risk reduction measures. This is a moment when additional resources could have a particularly pivotal impact.
Take advantage of this moment by supporting Nuclear Threat Initiative’s Biological Policy & Programs (NTI | Bio), which works to improve biotechnology governance and prevent the use of biological weapons. They’ve recently launched a new organization, the International Biosecurity and Biosafety Initiative for Science (IBBIS), which aims “to strengthen international biosecurity norms and develop innovative, practical tools and incentives to uphold them.” NTI needs funding for IBBIS and its other pressing biosecurity work.