Rethinking biosecurity in the 21st century: an enhanced role for civil society

Shang, Lijun and Dando, Malcolm (2023) Rethinking biosecurity in the 21st century: an enhanced role for civil society. Journal of Biosafety and Biosecurity, 5 (3). pp. 100-106. ISSN 2588-9338

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In this paper, we briefly discuss the historical issues concerning the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) and analyse the current situation after the COVID-19 pandemic with emphasis on the new developments at 9th Review Conference of the BTWC. In particular, we discuss the mission of the new working group agreed at the review to identify, examine, and develop specific and effective measures, including possible legally binding measures and to make recommendations to strengthen and institutionalise the Convention in all its aspects, and compare it with productive activities associated with the Chemical Weapons Convention (CWC) and the World Health Organisation (WHO). The enhanced role for civil society in support of the BTWC is then proposed with some solid examples from our own recent projects. We hope this analysis will help to facilitate new thinking about strengthening BTWC in coming years.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Biosecurity, BTWC, CWC, WHO, Review Conference, Civil Society
Subjects: 300 Social sciences > 320 Political science
300 Social sciences > 370 Education
500 Natural Sciences and Mathematics > 570 Life sciences; biology
Department: School of Human Sciences
Depositing User: Lijun Shang
Date Deposited: 28 Jul 2023 08:39
Last Modified: 14 Aug 2023 10:09


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