Biological Weapons Convention – Formal Consultative Meeting

Overview

On 29 June 2022, the Russian Federation submitted a request for the convening of a formal consultative meeting under Article V of the Biological Weapons Convention and the Final Declarations of the Convention’s Second and Third Review Conferences. In accordance with the agreed timelines, an informal meeting to discussions the arrangements for the formal meeting took place in Geneva on 27 July 2022, chaired by Ambassador Aidan Liddle of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. Ambassador Liddle outlined the understandings on the organizational and procedural arrangements reached at the informal meeting in a letter dated 28 July 2022.

On 5 August 2022, the ISU sent a letter to all States Parties and Signatory States informing them about the arrangements for the Formal Consultative Meeting pursuant to Article V of the Biological Weapons Convention and the Final Declarations of the Second and Third BWC Review Conferences.

The formal consultative meeting will be opened on Friday, 26 August 2022 for a brief procedural meeting without interpretation. It will then resume its business on Monday, 5 September 2022 for a period of four days (there will be no meetings on Thursday, 8 September).

The formal consultative meeting will be chaired by Ambassador Gyorgy Molnar of Hungary.

Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons –Amended Protocol II Annual Conference

Overview
The 24th Annual Conference of Amended Protocol II of the CCW will take place on 15 November 2022 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

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Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons – Protocol V Annual Conference

Overview
The 16th Annual Conference of Protocol V of the CCW will be held on 14 November 2022 at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons – Protocol V Meeting of Experts

Overview

The Protocol V Meeting of Experts of the CCW will be held on 22 July 2022 in Room XIX at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting will be broadcasted live on https://media.un.org/en/webtvEdit.

Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons – Amended Protocol II Group of Experts

Overview

The Group of Experts meeting of CCW Amended Protocol II will take place on 20-21 July 2022 in Room XIX at the Palais des Nations, Geneva, Switzerland.

The meeting will be broadcasted live on UN Web TV

Convention on Cluster Munitions- Tenth Meeting of States Parties

Overview

The Tenth Meeting of States Parties of the Convention on Cluster Munitions will take place from 30 August to 2 September in Geneva at the Palais des Nations.


Please refer to CCM/MSP/2022/INF.1, “Information Note for States parties, observer States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations” for information regarding your registration and participation in the Meeting.

Delegations must 1) Submit a Note verbale to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and 2) participants who do not already have UNOG badges must register their participation on the Indico site at: https://indico.un.org/event/1001136/.


Pursuant to the decision of the Second Review Conference and to the provisions of General Assembly resolution 76/47, the United Nations convened these meetings by Note Verbale:

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An invitation letter was also addressed to relevant International and Non-Governmental Organizations.


For information on the Convention, visit the website of the UN Office for Disarmament Affairs.

For information on the implementation of the Convention, visit the website of the CCM Implementation Support Unit

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Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons – Group of Governmental Experts on Lethal Autonomous Weapons Systems

Overview

In 2021, the Sixth Review Conference decided that the work of the open-ended Group of Governmental Experts related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems (GGE on LAWS) established by Decision 1 of the Fifth Review Conference as contained in document CCW/CONF.V/10, adhering to the agreed recommendations contained in document CCW/CONF.V/2, is to continue, to strengthen the Convention.

In the context of the objectives and purpose of the Convention, the Group is to consider proposals and elaborate, by consensus, possible measures, including taking into account the example of existing protocols within the Convention, and other options related to the normative and operational framework on emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems, building upon the recommendations and conclusions of the Group of Governmental Experts related to emerging technologies in the area of lethal autonomous weapon systems, and bringing in expertise on legal, military, and technological aspects.

International law, in particular the United Nations Charter and international humanitarian law, as well as relevant ethical perspectives should guide the continued work of the Group.

At the Sixth Review Conference, it was decided that the GGE on LAWS shall meet for 10 days in Geneva in 2022 (7-11 March and 25-29 July).

The session is broadcast live on https://media.un.org/en/webtvEdit.

Biological Weapons Convention – Ninth Review Conference

Overview

The Ninth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention will take place in Geneva, Switzerland, from 28 November to 16 December 2022.

Further information about the Review Conference will be posted here as it becomes available.

Workshop on Botswana’s UNSCR 1540 National Implementation Action Plan

Overview

UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004) requires all States to refrain from providing any form of support to non-State actors that attempt to develop, acquire, manufacture, possess, transport, transfer or use nuclear, chemical or biological weapons and their means of delivery.  In resolution 1977 (2011), the Security Council encourages all States to prepare, on a voluntary basis, national implementation action plans, with the assistance of the 1540 Committee as appropriate, mapping out their priorities and plans for implementing the key provisions of resolution 1540 (2004), and to submit those plans to the 1540 Committee.

Towards these objectives, the Government of Botswana will host a workshop in partnership with UNODA and the 1540 Committee from 8-9 February 2022. The workshop is the second phase of broader three-phase integrated assistance package to enhance implementation of resolution 1540 (2004) in Botswana. The workshop aims to support Botswana as it develops a draft voluntary national implementation action plan (NAP) to implement the key provisions of resolution 1540 (2004). The workshop will be attended by national representatives, partner States and assistance providers that will share experiences and take stock of progress towards the full and effective implementation of the resolution. The workshop is sponsored by the Government of the United States of America and the European Union.