On June 22-23, 2023, in Sochi, the Russian Federation, Russian Federal Service for Surveillance on Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-Being with the support of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation will convene the IV international conference "Global Biosecurity Challenges. Problems and Solutions". Its goal is a discussion regarding strengthening of international biological security. More than 150 participants from 70 countries as well as international and civil society organizations and academia are expected to participate the event.
Preventing and responding to natural and deliberate threats to biological security requires close multilateral cooperation, strengthening supranational mechanisms to reduce the threat of the development and use of biological and toxin weapons, and developing international cooperation to assist in managing health risks caused by infections.
The first such conference was held in 2017 and largely contributed to the adoption of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) work program for the intersessional period within the framework of the previous review. Based on the successful experience, this forum was also held in Russia in 2019 and 2021, making a significant contribution to the efforts of the international community to strengthen the biological weapons ban regime.
The Sochi meeting is a platform for an open professional discussion of all countries and organizations interested in ensuring indivisible biological security based on respect for the sovereignty and interests of states in this area.
The Sochi conference will allow analyzing current threats to biological security in the world and developing proposals to counteract them in order to protect health and ensure sustainable development.
The delegates will discuss the current global and regional biosecurity risks, experience in responding to infectious threats and new scientific opportunities to ensure biosecurity.
Among the main topics are modern technologies of prevention, detection and response to biological threats, scientific and technological development.
The Conference is also intended to make a meaningful contribution to the work of the Working Group on Strengthening the BTWC in order to achieve successful results.