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Global Threat Reduction Initiative (GTRI): Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP)

The Biosecurity Engagement Program (BEP) addresses global biosecurity risks from bioterrorism and infectious disease outbreaks. The program mitigates growing international biological threats by training scientists and researchers on biosecurity and safety practices, improving disease surveillance capabilities, and funding laboratory infrastructure upgrades for safety and security. It promotes the safe use of biological materials and pathogens in research and laboratory settings. At the same time, BEP builds the human capacity of scientists, allowing them to engage with the larger scientific community for professional and personal development.

BEP also works to mitigate global biological threats by denying state and non-state actors access to biological expertise, materials, and equipment that could be used to develop and disseminate biological weapons.

BEP efforts include:

  •  Preventing non-state or state actor acquisition and creation of high consequence pathogens, biotoxins, and other weaponizable biological materials, dual-use equipment, and/or scientific expertise;
  • Securing life science institutions and high consequence pathogens from both insider and outsider threats;
  • Assessing and disrupting emerging proliferation pathways related to biological material, dual-use equipment, or WMD-relevant expertise;
  • Training foreign partners to identify and deter the use of clandestine bioweapon laboratories by proliferator state and non-state actors;
  • Enhancing partner capacity to safely and securely identify, control, and attribute outbreaks caused by high consequence pathogens;
  • Partnering with non-scientific interlocutors such as policymakers, law enforcement, military, and diplomatic audiences to prevent biological attacks;
  • Promoting the adoption of and compliance with international frameworks that advance biological nonproliferation objectives; and
  • Identifying and/or disrupting efforts by proliferator states to subvert or evade international biological science treaties/norms through strategic investments or partnerships.

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Name Position Agency/Department/Org Note
Mr Todd Perry Special Coordinator, UNSCR 1540
Department of State
United States
Mr Stephen Knight Point of Contact
United States Mission to the United Nations
United States

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