Penang, Malaysia: Southeast Asia Discussion Biothreat & Biorisk: Multisectoral Regional Coordination
The Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) Southeast Asia Discussion on Biothreat and Biorisk: Multisectoral Regional Coordination (SEA Dragon 2014) was held on October 29-31, 2014 in Penang, Malaysia.
This event aimed to provide a forum for Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) countries to build partnerships and share coordination best practices for multi-sectoral and cross-border management of biological incidents.
- Provide an understanding on the implementation of biosecurity measures related to regional obligations.
- Promote a common understanding of biosecurity risks and mitigation measures and how they relate to safety and ethical risks, as well as mitigation strategies of biological and biotechnological research.
- Highlight current challenges in addressing safety, security, and ethics while conducting or enabling biological research with foreign students, faculty, staff, or collaborating partners.
- Highlight the importance of multi-sectoral coordination in preventing and countermeasuring biological threats.
The SEA Dragon 2014 was the first of many regional discussions about biothreats and biosecurity in Southeast Asia. This three-day event was co-chaired by the Malaysia Ministry of Defence's Science and Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE) and the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency CBEP. The event integrated plenary talks with facilitated, scenario-based participant discussions, and concluded with a working session to identify strengths, areas for improvement actions, and best practices in dealing with a biological threat or incident.