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.