Pax Christi calls for global biosecurity

Trevor Griffiths, a delegate for the Catholic peace organization Pax Christi International, made a statement calling for global biosecurity on Tuesday at a meeting of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention.
Griffiths made the statement at the seventh review conference of the BTWC, which began on December 5 and runs through December 22 in Geneva, Independent Catholic News reports.
"In relation to biosecurity, the lives of substantial numbers of people may be at risk not only through the spread of diseases and harmful, but through attacks aimed at livestock and food supplies," Griffiths said, according to Independent Catholic News. "The international community should take all possible precautions to prevent states, terrorist groups, and individuals from obtaining or using such weapons. The BTWC is the main instrument of international law to achieve this protection."
In his statement, Griffiths made multiple recommendations for the convention to deliberate during the Geneva meeting. These recommendations included encouraging all states to join the convention, annual intersessional meetings, the submission of confidence building measures, a permanent scientific monitoring body, renewal of the implementation support unit, international assistance and cooperation, and increased confidence in compliance.
"We call upon all people of good will to do anything in their power to contribute to global peace and justice in general and biosecurity in particular," Griffiths said, according to Independent Catholic News.