Impact

COVID-19 has taught us that untimely action, inadequate cooperation amongst and across sectors, and insufficient funding might lead to catastrophic consequences. The Global Biosecurity Forum complements existing initiatives in order to expand capacity to address these issues by leveraging our expertise in facilitating public-private partnerships and coalition building.

Estimates show that the costs of preventing the next pandemic represent only 2% of the total costs of the COVID-19 pandemic over the next 10 years. This builds on increased international collaboration amongst public and private sector stakeholders, better policy frameworks and better information sharing to improve detection, identification and prevention of future disease outbreaks. 

 

The science indicates a strong link between climate change and biodiversity loss, and similarly there is a strong link between biodiversity loss and the emergence of infectious diseases. Thus, the recovery from the current pandemic provides a strong platform to discuss the interconnection of these issues as part of a bigger resilience debate.

Leveraging our expertise in facilitating public-private partnerships and coalition building

We envision a future where we have:

  • A detailed understanding of permanently evolving microflora in animals and humans through a comprehensive web of labs and analytical centres, as well as developed monitoring programmes around the globe.

  • Unconditional exchange of information on emerging threats and outbreaks of disease according to predefined, universal standards. 

  • International protocols for coordinated adequate response with minimal damage for economies and societies, mandatory for all governments.

  • New efficient, standardised and affordable hygienic standards for living in crowded cities and for transporting people, animals and goods worldwide.