Policy Papers - October 13, 2009
Biosecurity: IPI Blue Paper no. 6
Unprecedented progress in biotechnology holds the prospect of historic improvements in the welfare of humankind.
Used responsibly, biotechnology can help address food insecurity, improve human health, provide solutions for environmental degradation, and help countries leapfrog in technological development. Used carelessly, or misused deliberately, biotechnology could inflict considerable human suffering — from the disastrous effects of bioweapons, to the accidental and deliberate spread of disease by state and nonstate actors. States, international organizations, industry, and the scientific community have so far failed to address effectively the challenges emerging from rapid biotechnological development. At the international level, there is no robust regulatory framework to prevent or mitigate the inherent risks, while expanding the benefits, of the biotechnological revolution.
Recent years have seen exponential growth in applied scientific knowledge in the field of biotechnology. The emergence of a biotechnological revolution has been widely recognized by governments, industry, and the scientific community as generating prospects for rapid advances on a number of fronts, such as improving human health, addressing food insecurity, and alleviating environmental degradation. As such, this Blue Paper lays out recommendations on the need to (1) foster a paradigm shift; (2) create a global forum; (3) reframe the concept of verification; (4) institutionalize incentives for transparency; (5) improve multilateral coordination; and (6) equip the UN to understand biological risk.
The Global Observatory
Key Global Events to Watch in September
A list of key upcoming meetings and events with implications for global affairs.
2014 Top 10 Issues to Watch in Peace & Security: The Global Arena
A list of ten key issues to watch that are likely to impact international peace and security in 2014, compiled by IPI's Francesco Mancini.
The Global Observatory, produced by IPI, provides timely analysis on peace and security issues, interviews with leading policymakers, interactive maps, and more.
August 25, 2014
High-Level Forum Examines Lessons of 1814 and 1914 for Today
2014 marks the centenary of the outbreak of World War One and the bicentenary of the opening of the Congress of Vienna–two dates that profoundly shaped the course of history.
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Accra Meeting Examines Effective Governance in Challenging Environments
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July 17, 2014
EU and UN Seek Ways to Improve Cooperation in Peacekeeping
The European Union is among the strongest supporters of UN peacekeeping missions around the globe, but the growing challenges faced by UN-led operations have raised the need for better EU-UN cooperation, both on the ground and at the planning level.