Southeast Asia Strategic Multilateral Dialogue on Biosecurity

Anita Cicero, Diane Meyer, Matthew P Shearer, Sazaly AbuBakar, Ken Bernard, W. Seth Carus, Chee Kheong Chong, Julie Fischer, Noreen A Hynes, Thomas Inglesby, Chong Guan Kwa, Irma Makalinao, Tikki Pangestu, Ratna Sitompul, Amin Soebandrio, Pratiwi Sudarmono, Daniel Tjen, Suwit Wibulpolprasert, Zalini Yunus

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A strategic multilateral dialogue related to biosecurity risks in Southeast Asia, established in 2014, now includes participants from Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Philippines, and the United States. This dialogue is conducted at the nonministerial level, enabling participants to engage without the constraints of operating in their official capacities. Participants reflect on mechanisms to detect, mitigate, and respond to biosecurity risks and highlight biosecurity issues for national leadership. Participants have also identified factors to improve regional and global biosecurity, including improved engagement and collaboration across relevant ministries and agencies, sustainable funding for biosecurity programs, enhanced information sharing for communicable diseases, and increased engagement in international biosecurity forums.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalEmerging infectious diseases
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 1 2019



  • biological warfare agents
  • biosecurity
  • biosurveillance
  • bioterrorism and preparedness
  • communicable diseases
  • containment of biohazards
  • disease outbreaks
  • emerging diseases
  • epidemics
  • epidemiology
  • international cooperation
  • pandemics
  • policy
  • public health
  • Southeast Asia
  • strategic multilateral dialogue

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Epidemiology
  • Microbiology (medical)
  • Infectious Diseases

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Cicero, A., Meyer, D., Shearer, M. P., AbuBakar, S., Bernard, K., Carus, W. S., Chong, C. K., Fischer, J., Hynes, N. A., Inglesby, T., Kwa, C. G., Makalinao, I., Pangestu, T., Sitompul, R., Soebandrio, A., Sudarmono, P., Tjen, D., Wibulpolprasert, S., & Yunus, Z. (2019). Southeast Asia Strategic Multilateral Dialogue on Biosecurity. Emerging infectious diseases, 25(5).