Biological Weapons Convention – Ninth Preparatory Committee


As previously communicated, the Preparatory Committee for the Ninth Review Conference was postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. As agreed at the Meeting of States Parties, the Preparatory Committee will be held at the Palais des Nations on 20 December 2021. It will resume its work in April 2022. 

Further information about the modalities and practical arrangements for the Preparatory Committee can be found below:

The Preparatory Committee will take place in-person on 20 December 2021 in Room XIX of the Palais des Nations. 

In line with UNOG 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

Although physical distancing measures which limit the capacity of conference rooms are in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all BWC States Parties will be able to be represented in the conference room. 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 6 December 2021