Overview

The Preparatory Committee for the Ninth Review Conference was opened on 20 December 2021 at the Palais des Nations and will resume its work from 4-11 April 2022. 

Further information about the modalities and practical arrangements for the Preparatory Committee are as follows:

  • The Preparatory Committee will take place in-person in Room XIX of the Palais des Nations. 
  • In line with UN Geneva guidelines and regulations in response to COVID-19, all participants attending the Preparatory Committee in person, including those who already have a UN grounds pass, must also register online at https://indico.un.org/event/35465/
  • Public sessions of the Preparatory Committee will be broadcast live on UN Web TV with interpretation in all official UN languages. 

ISU letter including Aide-Mémoire , dated 14 March 2022

Vice-Chairs' letter dated 18 March 2022 and provisional programme of work

Vice-Chairs' letter dated 29 April 2022

20 December 2021 AM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

20 December 2021 PM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

4 April 2022 AM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

4 April 2022 PM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

5 April 2022 AM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

5 April 2022 PM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

6 April 2022 AM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

6 April 2022 PM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

7 April 2022 AM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

7 April 2022 PM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

8 April 2022 AM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

8 April 2022 PM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

11 April 2022 AM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

11 April 2022 PM Session Recording and automatically generated transcripts

Side Events

Due to the renovations of the Palais des Nations under the Strategic Heritage Plan, the BWC side events communicated below are taking place in physical or virtual mode. Please carefully check the room number at the Palais des Nations (in-person mode) or link for registration (virtual mode) 

The schedule of side events will be updated accordingly, as more information is submitted. 

International Cooperation and Assistance 

for Ukrainian Public and Animal Health 

Organizers: Germany, United States and Ukraine  

Monday, 4 April 2022 ,13:15-14:45 CEST 

Room XXII 

Fact Sheet is available here

Monitoring Scientific Advances at Spiez CONVERGENCE /  

Topics of the UNSGM Designated Laboratories Workshop series 

Organizer: Switzerland – Spiez Lab 

Wednesday, 6 April 2022, 09:00-10:00 CEST 

Room XXII 

Presentations delivered by Dr. Cédric  Invernizzi and Dr. Maximilian Brackmann are available.

Biosecurity for All: The Role of Scientists

Organizers: Chinese Mission in Geneva and the IAP Secretariat

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 ,13:15-14:45 CEST 

Virtual event – the invitation is available here 

Commemoration of the 50th Anniversary of  

the Biological Weapons Convention Opening for Signature 

Organizers: United States, Philippines, Poland and United Kingdom 

Wednesday, 6 April 2022 , from 18:00 CEST

A reception will take place at the “Balcony”, 3rd floor, E building (next to room XIX) 

Further information will be added as soon as available 

Universalization and Effective Implementation  

of the BWC in Africa 

Organizers: Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction and BWC Implementation Support Unit

Thursday, 7 April 2022 ,13:15-14:45 CEST 

Room XXII 

Presentations delivered by Ms. Fanny Tonos PaniaguaProf. Walter Odhiambo Oyawa and Mr. Talkmore Maruta are available.

Concepts to Strengthen Cooperation for

Addressing Biological Risks 

Organizer: The Council on Strategic Risks 

Friday, 8 April 2022, 09:00 – 10:00 CEST 

Room XXII 

 Launch of Publication: Operationalising Article VII of the BWC 

Organizers: Japan and the BWC Implementation Support Unit

Friday, 8 April 2022, 13:15-14:45 CEST 

Room XXII 

 The Biological Weapons Convention:  

Towards immediate full activation 

Organizer: Maat for Peace, Development and Human Rights Association 

Monday, 11 April 2022, 13:15-14:45 CEST 

Registration link : https://us06web.zoom.us/j/81307542620?pwd=eVU3aVk4cG5jeEFnSzlWWEZUUm5hUT09  - Zoom Meeting 

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