An Introduction to Biopreparedness, by Denmark’s Centre for Biosecurity and Biopreparedness, outlines steps to take in case of a terrorist attack or an accident involving the uncontrolled release of a dangerous pathogen.
Nowhere to Hide: The Spectre of Chemical Weapons Use in Syria offers information and analysis on the use of chemical weapons in the Syrian conflict, including a comprehensive dataset of confirmed attacks. This Global Public Policy Institute (GPPi) project is supported by the Governments of Canada and Germany.
The Global Partnership has identified “strengthening global mechanisms and capabilities to respond to the deliberate use of biological agents” as a shared priority. In support of this objective, GP partners are supporting the Implementation Support Unit of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) tostrengthen Article VII of the BTWC through the development of an “International Bio-Emergency Management Framework for Deliberate Events”.
The SuspectED Smartphone App allows in-field responders and/or investigators in both the human and animal sectors to identify triggers and indicators of emerging and deliberate biological events. Developed by Australia’s Torrens Resilience Institute with support from Canada’s Weapons Threat Reduction Program, the SuspectED App includes detailed guidance on the proper use of PPE, a list of triggers and indicators to assess likelihood of a deliberate event and guidance on the collection and transportation of biological samples.
As part of a virtual exhibition entitled No Women No Peace, Germany’s Federal Foreign Office highlights several of its GP biosecurity initiatives that contribute to Preventing Conflicts, Averting Crises. Germany’s Women, Peace and Biosecurity efforts, which seek to ensure that women are supported and encouraged to strive for senior positions in biosecurity, include projects on the Promotion of Junior Female Scientists in Biosecurity(with a focus on Georgia), Scholarships for female doctoral students (in Kazakhstan) and Women for Biosecurity (which aims to provide targeted training and support for female biosecurity specialists in Sudan, Tunisia and Morocco)
Canada is supporting a Project, led by the Stimson Center, to develop a new Non-Proliferation Cheminformatics Compliance Tool (NCCT). This Project will build on important work previously undertaken by American University and the Stimson Center, which included the curation of structurallyannotated lists of chemical warfare agents and precursors from three keyinternational frameworks and was published in the Journal of Chemical information and Modeling. An overview of this project to develop the NCTT tool, which aims to provide tools to bolster the control of chemical weapons and support the global efforts to rid the world of this category of weapons, was published in Strategic Trade Review.