BKSAP Underscores the Need for Global Cooperation in Biosecurity
House Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) Chair, Fadli Zon, speaks during a virtual workshop with the theme of “The Role of Parliamentarians in Addressing the Challenges of COVID-19 through Implementation of Existing International Biosecurity and Biosafety Frameworks” on Tuesday (22/9/2020). Photo: Ist/Man
The COVID-19 pandemic has taken a heavy toll not only on the health of the people but also on other aspects such as economy, social life, politics, and security around the globe. At the same time, international community has raised some concerns, including biosecurity and biosafety, as the global political tension rises. Many countries seem to blame each other for the origin of the novel coronavirus, which as of today has infected more than 30 million people around the world.
Responding to those issues, House Committee for Inter-Parliamentary Cooperation (BKSAP) Chairperson Fadli Zon calls on other countries to collaborate and work together particularly to contain infectious diseases by providing, for example, advocacy training in biosecurity and biosafety framework development.
The chairperson gave the statement in a workshop under the theme of "The Role of Parliamentarians in Addressing the Challenges of COVID-19 through the Implementation of Existing International Biosecurity and Biosafety Frameworks" held by Parliamentarians for Global Action (PGA) based in New York, United States. A number of Parliamentarians from other countries also attended the event on Tuesday (22/9/2020).
On that occasion, the Great Indonesia Movement Party (Gerindra) Politician also stated the Indonesian commitment on prohibiting the production and stockpiling of biological weapons, as well as supporting the development of the biological industry for peace and common interest, through the ratification of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in 1992.
Meanwhile, a Vice Chairperson of BKSAP, Mardani Ali Sera urged parliamentarians to ensure an even distribution of COVID-19 antivirus for all layers of society because each individual has equal right to health care. The Prosperous Justice Party politician added that in times of crisis, global solidarity must be prioritized to ensure world peace and security.
For further concrete measures, the workshop adopted a Plan of Action consisting of 6 points calling for the parliamentarians in the meeting to support legislation process related to biosecurity and biosafety issues, and mitigation efforts to face the threats emerge from those issues.