Biological Weapons Convention – Meetings of Experts

Statements

MX1 Presentations and statements

Agenda item 4 - Consideration of the reports of the States Parties on their full and comprehensive implementation of all provisions of Article X

Agenda item 5 - Review of the report by the ISU on the operation of the assistance and cooperation database established by the Seventh Review Conference and renewed by the Eighth Review Conference and consideration of its further operationalization, including measures to further strengthen the operation of the database, including in the light of BWC/MSP/2017/4

Agenda item 6 - Identification of challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance and exchange in the biological sciences and technology, including equipment and material, for peaceful purposes to their full potential, and possible ways and means of overcoming these

Agenda item 7 - Development of guidelines and procedures for mobilizing resources, including financial resources on a voluntary basis to address gaps and needs

Agenda item 8 - Facilitation of education, training, exchange and twinning programmes and other means of developing human resources in biological sciences and technology related to implementation of the Convention, particularly in developing countries

Agenda item 9 - Promotion of capacity building, through international cooperation, in biosafety and biosecurity and for detecting, reporting and responding to outbreaks of infectious disease or biological weapons attacks, including in the areas of preparedness, response, and crisis management and mitigation

Agenda item 10 - Collaboration with international organizations and networks related to combating infectious diseases at all levels, as well as regional and sub-regional cooperation to promote implementation of all articles of the Convention

MX2 Presentations and statements

Presentations and statements made during MX2 will be posted here, if provided by the presenter.

Agenda item 4 - Review of science and technology developments relevant to the Convention, including for the enhanced implementation of all articles of the Convention as well as the identification of potential benefits and risks of new science and technology developments relevant to the Convention, with a particular attention to positive implications

Agenda item 5 - Biological risk assessment and management

Agenda item 6 - Development of a voluntary model code of conduct for biological scientists and all relevant personnel, and biosecurity education, by drawing on the work already done on this issue in the context of the Convention, adaptable to national requirements

Agenda item 7 - Any other science and technology developments of relevance to the Convention and also to the activities of relevant multilateral organizations such as the World Health Organization (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC) and Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW)

Agenda item 8- Adoption of the factual report reflecting the deliberations of the meeting, including possible outcomes

MX3 Presentations and statements


Presentations and statements made during MX3 will be posted here, if provided by the presenter.

Agenda item 4 - Measures related to Article IV of the Convention

Agenda item 5 - Confidence Building Measures (CBM) submissions in terms of quantity and quality

Agenda item 6 -Various Ways to Promote Transparency and Confidence Building under the BWC

Agenda item 7 - The role of international cooperation and assistance under Article X, in support of strengthening the implementation of the Convention

Agenda item 8 - Issues related to Article III, including effective measures of export control, in full conformity with all Articles of the Convention, including Article X

MX4 Presentations and statements

Presentations and statements made during MX4 will be posted here, if provided by the presenter.

Agenda item 4 - Practical challenges facing the implementation of Article VII, and possible solutions

Agenda item 5 – A set of guidelines and formats to assist a State Party, if required, when submitting an application for assistance in the framework of Article VII

Agenda item 6 – Procedures, including the establishment and use of the assistance database, to improve the prompt and efficient response without preconditions to a request of assistance by a State Party under Article VII, and coordination and cooperation among States Parties and with relevant international and regional organizations such as World Health Organization (WHO), World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), as appropriate

Agenda item 7 – Examination of how the concept of mobile biomedical units might contribute to effective assistance, response and preparation with a view to enhancing implementation of the Convention

Agenda item 8 – Exploration of approaches by which States Parties, individually or collectively, might contribute to the strengthening of international response capabilities for infectious disease outbreaks, whether natural or deliberate in origin

Agenda item 9 - Exploration of means to prepare for, respond to and render assistance in case of the possible hostile use of biological agents and toxins against agriculture, livestock as well as the natural environment

MX5 Presentations and statements

Presentations and statements made during MX5 will be posted here, if provided by the presenter.

Agenda item 4 - Consideration of the full range of approaches and options to further strengthen the Convention and its functioning through possible additional legal measures or other measures in the framework of the Convention

Joint statement from non-governmental organizations

On 30 July 2019, a group of non-governmental organizations and individuals provided a joint NGO position paper to the Implementation Support Unit which is posted here for the information of States Parties participating in the Meetings of Experts. The position paper sets out the NGO community’s views on key action points for the 2019 Meetings of Experts.