Biosecurity Competition Winners Announced, New Infographics, Horror Films with Radiation Plot Points, and More

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November 2, 2017 Winners of NTI’s Next Generation for Biosecurity in GHSA Competition Announced

Last week in Kampala, the Prime Minister of Uganda, Hon. Ruhakana Rugunda, announced the winners of NTI’s Next Generation for Biosecurity in GHSA Competition. The competition encouraged teams to take creative approaches to achieve the biosecurity-related targets of the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) and the World Health Organization Joint External Evaluation (JEE). First prize was awarded to Lyazzat Musralina, Elshad Rzayev, and Ashley Tseng for their proposal to create a centrally located database of biosecurity resources and tools to assist countries or organizations with the biosecurity targets within the GHSA and the JEE. Read a blog post by the winners about their proposal. READ MORE New NTI Infographics Using WHO Data Demonstrate Weaknesses in Biosecurity and Biosafety Systems Worldwide In 2014, more than two dozen countries and organizations launched the Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) to accelerate global capability to prevent, detect, and rapidly respond to biological threats. Unfortunately, biosecurity and biosafety continue to be under-represented in global policy discussions about pandemic preparedness. In addition, there are no accountability mechanisms for monitoring GHSA biosecurity and biosafety commitments. New analysis and interactive graphics from NTI show that much work remains to prioritize biosecurity and biosafety as public health imperatives. READ MORE Trump harms U.S. Credibility with Retreat on Paris and Iran Agreements, Ernest Moniz Says The Trump administration's retreat on the Iran nuclear and Paris climate deals will make it harder for other countries to take the U.S. seriously on a range of topics, NTI Co-Chairman and CEO Ernest Moniz said at an event in Washington, D.C. last month. The Washington Examiner reports that Moniz noted, “The biggest of those issues is nonproliferation, especially in the Middle East where Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates are pursuing civilian nuclear programs while making informal commitments to buy reactors from Russia.” To read the rest of Moniz’s comments, READ MORE Sam Nunn, Richard Lugar, and Siegfried Hecker Receive Dwight D. Eisenhower Award NTI Co-Chairman Sam Nunn, board member emeritus Richard Lugar, and NTI advisor Siegfried Hecker were honored with the Second Dwight D. Eisenhower Award at the American Nuclear Society’s annual meeting this week in Washington, D.C. for their leadership in nuclear nonproliferation. The first ANS Dwight D. Eisenhower Award was presented in 2015 to George P. Shultz, former U.S. Secretary of State, and the late Sidney Drell, a longtime champion of nuclear nonproliferation. Click here to watch video from this week’s event.. READ MORE

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Every day, NTI works to protect our lives, livelihoods, environment, and quality of life from the risks posed by weapons of mass destruction and disruption, now and for future generations. More NTI News

- In the world of horror cinema, bad things come of meddling with the atom. NTI's Andrew Newman reviews films that use radiation as a plot device in a new blog posted on Halloween. - NTI’s recently announced partnership with the City of New York and the U.S. Department of Energy to replace cesium blood irradiators with safer machines to reduce dirty bomb risks was featured in Physics Today. Read the journal’s interview with Andrew Bieniawski, NTI VP for material security and minimization. - Beth Cameron helped the White House fight Ebola. Now, she’s NTI’s Vice President for Global Biological Policy and Programs, and she argues in a new episode of The 80,000 Hours Podcast that the world is not prepared for a biosecurity crisis. Listen to the interview. - Preparing for a Model United Nations conference and need to research nuclear policy? NTI has resources that can help. Here are our most relevant tools, from treaty info to country profiles. (P.S. Attending National Model United Nations (NMUN) DC this weekend? Be sure to stop by our booth at the opportunity fair! ) - Abu Dhabi News recently interviewed Hamad Alkaabi, NTI board member and Permanent Representative of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), about the UAE’s nuclear power program. - Read an on-the-ground report with reflections by NTI program officer Leon Ratz from the 2017 Moscow Nonproliferation Conference, an international gathering of experts on nonproliferation, nuclear energy, and arms control held every three years. News from Our Global Leadership Networks

- Michael Kofman, Senior Research Scientist at CNA Corporation and Fellow at the Wilson Center’s Kennan Institute, writes about important lessons for the US and NATO in a new article for the European Leadership Network (ELN). - Read about the risks and limited options on the Korean peninsula in a new article by Ramesh Thakur, Co-Convenor of the Asia Pacific Leadership Network for Nuclear Non-Proliferation and Disarmament (APLN). - The APLN has released two new policy briefs: The Ban Treaty and Non-NPT Nuclear-Armed States - Can India Make a Difference? and Nuclear Weapons Prohibition Treaty: Springboard for the 2018 Disarmament Conference?


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