President Obama highlights biosecurity issues in speech

In an address to the United Nations on Wednesday, President Barack Obama mentioned multiple biosecurity issues, including terrorist threats, pandemics and nuclear disarmament.
The president's speech focused on the need to move in the direction of peace through compromise and by standing fast to prevent the reversal of progress and splitting of societies that can come from the difficulties of working together.
President Obama stressed the need to focus on preventing biological dangers. He recently signed an agreement with the World Health Organization to protect against such issues in the future.
"And we must come together to prevent, detect, and fight every kind of biological danger – whether it is a pandemic like H1N1, a terrorist threat, or a treatable disease," President Obama said. "This week, America signed an agreement with the World Health Organization to affirm our commitment to meet this challenge. Today, I urge all nations to join us in meeting the WHO’s goal of making sure all nations have core capacities to address public health emergencies in place by 2012. That is what our commitment to the health of our people demands."
In addition, the president said that the UN must work on lifting the specter of mass destruction in a world without nuclear arms.
"We must come together to pursue the peace and security of a world without nuclear weapons," President Obama said. "Over the last two years, we have begun to walk down that path. Since our Nuclear Security Summit in Washington, nearly 50 nations have taken steps to secure nuclear materials from terrorists and smugglers. Next March, a summit in Seoul will advance our efforts to lock down all of them. The New START Treaty between the United States and Russia will cut our deployed arsenals to the lowest level in a half century, and our nations are pursuing talks on how to achieve deeper reductions. America will continue to work for a ban on the testing of nuclear weapons, and the production of fissile material needed to make them."
The president said that despite the different cultures represented in the United Nations, it is important to realize that the multiple governments represent citizens who share the basic aspirations of living with dignity and freedom, pursuing opportunity, to love their families and live in peace.
"Peace is hard, but we know that it is possible," President Obama said. "Together, let us resolve to see that it is defined by our hopes and not our fears. Together, let us work to make, not merely a peace, but a peace that will last. Thank you."