Joint Action 2009-2011 / Project I – Promotion of Universality

BWC unidir meeting smallBWC meeting smallBWC EU logo small The EU BWC Joint Action universalisation activities benefitted States not yet party to the BWC by providing assistance to ratify or accede.

The project drew on the Sixth Review Conference Plan of Action, which called on all BWC States Parties to work individually and collectively to encourage States outside of the Convention to join as soon as possible, with the ultimate goal of universal adherence to the BWC.


Increased adherence
Enhanced understanding
Strengthened networking
Voluntary implementation
legal and administrative assistance to ratify or accede, such as development of the required legal or administrative measures
assistance to raise awareness, understanding of, and support for the BWC among relevant national stakeholders
financial assistance for participation of relevant national stakeholders in the BWC process as observers
financial grants for training and visits of relevant national stakeholders to the EU Member States to learn about BWC implementation


Legal and Administrative Assistance Visits

-in-country or sub-regional assistance visits for preparation of ratification/accession instruments and/or laws and administrative measures for implementation (provided to Burundi)

Awareness Raising Visits

-expert visits to raise awareness about BWC among policy and decision makers to help to establish national points of contact and build national cooperative networks (provided to Burundi)

Sponsorship for Participation in BWC Meetings

-sponsorship to States not yet party to participate in BWC meetings (provided to Burundi, Cameroon, Côte d`Ivoire, and Myanmar; provided also to Burundi and Mozambique after their ratification of the BWC to participate in the Seventh Review Conference)

Training Grants

-training grants for officials and experts from States not yet party to visit authorities in the European Union responsible for implementing the Convention


Assistance visit, Bujumbura, Burundi, 14-18 March 2011. In March 2011, the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs organized a two-day assistance visit to Burundi, which has brought together officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other institutions in Burundi. The awareness raising meeting served to provide information on the purpose and significance of the Convention, as well as on obligations and benefits for its States Parties. The meeting was followed by a two-day legal drafting assistance delivered by the Verification Research, Training, and Information Centre (VERTIC) to prepare the ratification instrument and implementation law. Burundi has become the 165th State Party of the BWC in October 2011.

Sponsorship. The EU BWC Joint Action sponsored participation of representatives of:

  • Burundi in the 2010 Meeting of States Parties (Geneva, Switzerland, 7-11 December 2010),
  • Burundi, Cameroon, and Côte d’Ivoire in the Regional Workshop for West and Central Africa on National Implementation of the BWC (Abuja, Nigeria, 25-27 October 2010),
  • Myanmar in the Regional Workshop for East Asia and the Pacific on National Implementation of the BWC (Manila, Philippines, 27-28 June 2011),
  • Burundi and Mozambique in the Seventh Review Conference (Geneva, Switzerland, 5-22 December 2011) after their ratification of the BWC.

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