The Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security implements Australia’s Health Security Initiative for the Indo-Pacific Region. With funding of AU$300 million over five years from 2017, the Health Security Initiative aims to inform evidence-based planning, help prevent avoidable epidemics, strengthen early detection capacity, and support rapid, effective national and international outbreak responses. It does this by accelerating research on new drugs and diagnostics, expanding partnerships at the national, regional and global level to strengthen human and animal health systems, and deepening people-to-people linkages that build national and regional health security capacity. Funding for the initiative is drawn from Australia's international development assistance program and applied to activities eligible to be classified as Official Development Assistance.
The Initiative is led by Australia's Ambassador for Regional Health Security and implemented by the Indo-Pacific Centre for Health Security. The Centre, located in the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, brings together expertise from relevant Australian government agencies and is advised by a distinguished Technical Reference Group. From time to time, the Centre also invites experts from the Indo-Pacific region to undertake fixed-term placements at the Centre to advise on specific issues.
The international community continues to face serious challenges, regionally and globally, from chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear (CBRN) weapons and related materials. To mitigate threats posed by these weapons of mass destruction (WMD), Canada’s Weapons Threat Reduction Program (WTRP) was established in 2002 (initially as the Global Partnership Program) to fulfil Canada’s commitments to the G7-led Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction. Canada’s WTRP, which works with partner countries, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to implement concrete projects aimed at preventing WMD proliferation and terrorism, has to date delivered more than $1.4 billion in programming.
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