Sixth Review Conference

 

The Sixth Review Conference of the States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention was held in Geneva from 20 November to 8 December 2006.Ambassador Masood Khan (Pakistan) was the President of the Review Conference.

Final Document of the Sixth Review Conference (BWC/CONF.VI/6)

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President’s closing remarks

Extract from the closing remarks of Ambassador Masood Khan, President of the Sixth Review Conference

“After a gap of ten years, we have thoroughly and comprehensively reviewed all articles of the Convention, and agreed on a declaration setting out our shared vision of the Convention and its implementation. This in itself is a strong message to the international community that the Convention is alive and well, and remains effective as the fundamental legal norm against biological weapons.

We have unequivocally reaffirmed that the Convention applies to all relevant scientific and technological developments, and effectively prohibits the use of biological weapons.

We have emphasized the need for effective national implementation of the Convention, and for measures to promote the development of the peaceful uses of biological agents and toxins.

We have adopted a specific and detailed plan to promote universal adherence to the Convention.

We have streamlined and updated the procedures for the submission and distribution of the Confidence-building Measures, and taken practical steps to increase the level of participation.

We have adopted a full and comprehensive intersessional programme for 2007 to 2010, where we will address the important topics of national implementation, regional cooperation, biosafety and biosecurity, oversight and awareness-raising, enhancement of international cooperation and exchange in biological science and technology, and assistance in the case of alleged use of biological weapons.

And perhaps most historically of all, we have agreed to establish an Implementation Support Unit to assist us in implementing the decisions of this Conference. For many years, the States Parties have debated the need for institutional support for the Convention. Now we have it, built not on a political argument, nor on a perception that “something is better than nothing”, but on the solid basis of the positive and practical contribution the temporary secretariat has made over the past three years. We know we will be getting a professional, efficient and dedicated unit that will make a significant contribution to our important work over the next four years.”

Read the full text of the President’s remarks here.

Official Documents of the Sixth Review Conference

BWC/CONF.VI/1 Provisional Agenda for the Sixth Review Conference

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BWC/CONF.VI/2 Provisional Indicative Programme of Work

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BWC/CONF.VI/3 Report of the Committee of the Whole

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BWC/CONF.VI/4 Estimated Costs of Meetings in 2007, 2008, 2009 and 2010 of the States Parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on their Destruction – Note by the Secretariat

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BWC/CONF.VI/5 Report of the Credentials Committee

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BWC/CONF.VI/5/Corr.1 Report of the Credentials Committee

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BWC/CONF.VI/6 Final Document of the Conference

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.1 Additional understandings and agreements reached by previous review conferences relating to each article of the Convention

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.1/Corr.1 Additional understandings and agreements reached by previous review conferences relating to each article of the Convention

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.2 Background Information Document on Developments since the Last Review Conference in other International Organizations which may be Relevant to the Convention

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.2/Corr.1 Background Information Document on Developments since the Last Review Conference in other International Organizations which may be Relevant to the Convention

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.3 Background Information Document on the History and Operation of the Confidence-Building Measures

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.3/Corr.1 Background Information Document on the History and Operation of the Confidence-Building Measures

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.3/Add.1 Background Information Document on the History and Operation of the Confidence-Building Measures

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.4 Background Information Document on New Scientific and Technological Developments Relevant to the Convention

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.5 Background Information Document on Status of Universality of the Convention

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.6 Background Information Document on Compliance by States Parties with their Obligations under the Convention

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.7 Franco-Swiss International Seminar On The Protocol For The Prohibition Of The Use In War Of Asphyxiating, Poisonous Or Other Gases, And Of Bacteriological Methods Of Warfare, Signed In Geneva On 17 June 1925 – Submitted by France and Switzerland

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BWC/CONF.VI/INF.8 List of Participants

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.1 Accountability Framework – Submitted by Canada

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.2 Biosafety and Biosecurity – Submitted by Germany on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.3 Assessment of National Implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) – Submitted by Germany on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.4 Enhancement of the Confidence-Building Measure (CBM) Process – Submitted by France on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.5 Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) – Submitted by Finland on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.6 Increasing Universal Adherence to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) – Submitted by Italy on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.7 Implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC): Need For a Concerted and Coordinated Approach – Submitted by The Netherlands on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.8 The Intersessional Programme of Work: Its Utility and Contribution to Fulfilling the Object And Purpose of the Convention Between 2003-2005 and a Case for Further Intersessional Work After 2006 – Submitted by France and the United Kingdom on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.9 Universalization – Submitted by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.10 Scientific Cooperation and Technology Transfer Article X – Submitted By Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru And Uruguay

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.11 Follow-Up Mechanism – Submitted by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.12 Confidence-Building Measures – Submitted by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.13 Support Unit – Submitted by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.14 Actions to Improve Confidence-Building Measures – Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.15 An Action Plan for Realising the Universalisation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention – Submitted by Australia

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.16 Support Unit for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention – Submitted by Norway

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.17 Review of National Implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention – Submitted by Japan

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.18 The Intersessional Process – Submitted by New Zealand

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.19 Universality of the BWC – Submitted by the Republic of Korea

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.20 New Inter-Sessional Process – Submitted by South Africa

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.21 Confidence Building Measures – Submitted by South Africa

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.22 Bioterrorism – Submitted by Italy on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.23 Codes of Conduct for Scientists – Submitted by the United Kingdom

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.24 Article X of the Convention – Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.25 Prohibition of Use of Biological Weapons – Submitted By The Islamic Republic Of Iran

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.26 Preliminary Comments on Article I of the Convention – Submitted by the States Parties of the Non Aligned Movement and Other States

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.27 Confronting Noncompliance with the Biological Weapons Convention – Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.28 United States Progress on 2003-2005 Work Program Topics – Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.29 Article X of the Convention – Submitted by the States Parties of the Non-Aligned Movement and other States

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.30 Actions, Measures or other Steps that Japan has Taken on the Basis of the Discussions at the Meetings of Experts and of the Outcome of the Meetings of States Parties to the BWC in 2003, 2004 and 2005 – Submitted by Japan

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.31 Information on Compliance with the Convention – Submitted by Ukraine

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.32 Intersessional Ad Hoc Mechanism, to be Established between the Sixth and Seventh Review Conferences of the BWC – Submitted by the States Parties of the Non-Aligned Movement and other States

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.33 Technical Assistance, Exchange and Cooperation Undertaken by Australia in the Field of Biotechnology – Submitted by Australia

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.34 Report of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Regional Workshops Co-Hosted by Indonesia and Australia – Submitted by Australia and Indonesia

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.35 Proposals for the Final Declaration – Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.35/Corr.1 Proposals for the Final Declaration – Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.36 Article VI and the UN Secretary-General’s Mechanism for Investigating Alleged Use of Chemical and Biological Weapons – Submitted by Germany

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.37 Proposal for the Modification of the Format of Confidence-building Measures Forms – Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.38 Report on Compliance – Submitted by Canada

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BWC/CONF.VI/WP.39 Proposal for a Plan of Action on Implementation of Article X – Submitted by the States Parties of the Non-Aligned Movement and other States

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BWC/CONF.VI/SR.1 Summary Report of the First Session

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BWC/CONF.VI/SR.2 Summary Report of the Second Session

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BWC/CONF.VI/SR.3 Summary Report of the Third Session

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BWC/CONF.VI/SR.4 Summary Report of the Fourth Session

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BWC/CONF.VI/SR.5 Summary Report of the Fifth Session

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BWC/CONF.VI/SR.6 Summary Report of the Sixth Session

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BWC/CONF.VI/SR.7 Summary Report of the Seventh Session

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BWC/CONF.VI/SR.8 Summary Report of the Eighth Session

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Official Documents of the Preparatory Committee

BWC/CONF.VI/PC/1 Provisional Agenda of the Preparatory Committee

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BWC/CONF.VI/PC/2 Report of the Preparatory Committee

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BWC/CONF.VI/PC/L.1 Draft Rules of Procedure of the Conference

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BWC/CONF.VI/PC/INF.1 Towards the Sixth BTWC Review Conference: An Accountability Framework

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BWC/CONF.VI/PC/INF.2 List of Participants

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BWC/CONF.VI/PC/CRP.1 Draft Report of the Preparatory Committee

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Statements to the Sixth Review Conference

UN Under-Secretary-General Tanaka (20 November)

Amb. Khan, President of the Sixth Review Conference (20 November)

UN Secretary-General Annan (20 November)

Finland on behalf of the European Union (20 November)

Group of Non-Aligned Movement and Other States (20 November)

Group of Latin American States [unofficial, English] [Spanish] (20 November)

JACKSNNZ (20 November)

United States of America (20 November)

Germany (20 November)

Indonesia (20 November)

Switzerland (20 November)

Japan (20 November)

Malaysia (20 November)

Australia (20 November)

United Kingdom (20 November)

Russian Federation (20 November)

Republic of Korea (20 November)

Algeria [In French] (20 November)

Canada (20 November)

Iran (Islamic Republic of) (20 November)

South Africa (20 November)

China (20 November)

Argentina [unofficial, English] [Spanish] (20 November)

Pakistan (20 November)

Norway (20 November)

Holy See [unofficial, English] [French] (20 November)

India (20 November)

Brazil (20 November)

Libya [unofficial, English] [Arabic] (20 November)

Peru [unofficial, English] [Spanish] (20 November)

Serbia (20 November)

Georgia (20 November)

Ukraine (20 November)

Chile [unofficial, English] [Spanish] (20 November)

Nigeria (21 November)

New Zealand (21 November)

France [in French] (21 November)

Venezuela [in Spanish] (21 November)

Morocco (21 November)

Qatar [in Arabic] (21 November)

Bangladesh (21 November)

Thailand (21 November)

Mexico [in Spanish] (21 November)

Egypt (21 November)

Food and Agriculture Organization (21 November)

International Committee of the Red Cross (21 November)

International Criminal Police Organization (Adrian Baciu on behalf of Secretary-General Noble) (21 November)

Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (21 November)

World Health Organization (21 November)

World Organization for Animal Health (21 November)

President’s Closing Remarks (21 November)

Finland on behalf of the EU (21 November)

Statements to the Preparatory Committee

Introductory Statement by the Chairman

Statement by the Group of the Non-aligned Movement and Other States

Statement by the European Union

Joint Declaration by Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Chile, Ecuador, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru and Uruguay

Statement by Canada on behalf of Australia, Canada and New Zealand

For press releases from the Sixth Review Conference and its Preparatory Committee, please see the Information for the Media page.