Biological Weapons Convention Meetings of Experts 2020
The 2020 BWC Meetings of Experts will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 25 August until 3 September at the Palais des Nations in Room XIX, at the Palais des Nations.
The 2017 BWC Meeting of States Parties agreed on an intersessional programme from 2018 to 2020 consisting of annual Meetings of States Parties and Meetings of Experts. The MSP agreed that the Meetings of Experts would be open-ended and will consider the following topics:
MX1 - Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X (25-26 August 2020)
MX2 - Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention (27-28 August 2020)
MX3 - Strengthening National Implementation (31 August 2020)
MX4 - Assistance, Response and Preparedness (1-2 September 2020)
MX5 - Institutional Strengthening of the Convention (3 September 2020)
Rules of Procedure
BWC/CONF.VIII/2 - Draft Rules of Procedures adopted
at the Eighth Review Conference
(available in all six official UN languages)
Communications from the MSP and MX Chairs
Letters and communication from the BWC office holders relevant to the MXs will be available here.
Information for participants
The majority of information required by participants in the Meetings of Experts can be found in the Aide Memoire (soon availalble), including: registration and accreditation; issuance of security badges; getting to and from the meeting; additional meetings; facilities for participants; documentation; as well as sources of additional information.
The International Gender Champions Disarmament Impact Group has produced a "Gender and Disarmament Resource Pack" for participants in multilateral meetings. The resource pack includes basic information on gender equality and its relevance to arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament, as well as practical ideas that can support diplomats in applying a gender lens to their work.
All those wishing to attend the Meetings of Experts must be properly registered. Their names must be included in a note verbale or letter sent to the ISU, as described in the Aide Memoire (soon available).
Individuals with a valid security badge issued by the United Nations Office at Geneva (i.e. Members of Permanent Missions based in Geneva) can then proceed directly to the conference rooms.
Individuals who do not have a UNOG security badge (e.g. experts from capital etc) will need to register online (soon available) and follow the process described there.
All registration letters/note verbales should reach the Implementation Support Unit no later than 24 July 2020.
United Nations grounds passes can be collected from the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations. Delegations from States and international organisations can collect their passes from 12:00 on Friday 21 August 2020. NGO representatives can collect their passes in person from 08:00 on Monday, 24 August 2020. The e-ticket and valid passport or national identification card, will have to be produced in order to collect a grounds pass.