Meeting of States Parties (7-11 December 2009)

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The 2009 Meeting of States Parties was held in the Palais des Nations from 7 to 11 December 2009. It was chaired by Ambassador Marius Grinius of Canada. The meeting opened at 10:00 on Monday 7 December and closed at 17.00 on Friday 11 December. In accordance with the decision of the Sixth Review Conference, the Meeting of States Parties, with a view to enhancing international cooperation, assistance and exchange in biological sciences and technology for peaceful purposes, discussed, and promoted common understanding and effective action on promoting capacity building in the fields of disease surveillance, detection, diagnosis, and containment of infectious diseases:

  • For States Parties in need of assistance, identifying requirements and requests for capacity enhancement; and
  • From States Parties in a position to do so, and international organizations, opportunities for providing assistance related to these fields.

The Meeting of States Parties discussed and further developed the work of the Meeting of Experts held in August.

Report of the Meeting of States Parties

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Documents, Statements and Other Resources

Official Documents of the Meeting

BWC/MSP/2009/1 Provisional Agenda

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BWC/MSP/2009/2 2009 Report of the Implementation Support Unit – Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2009/2/Add.1 2009 Report of the Implementation Support Unit – Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2009/3 Provisional Programme of Work – Submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2009/4 Report of the Chairman on Universalization Activities – Submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2009/5 Report of the Meeting of States Parties – Submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2009/INF.1 Background Information on Scientific and Technological Developments that may be Relevant to the Convention – Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2009/INF.2 List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2009/INF.2/Add.1 List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2009/INF.3 Contact Details for Organisations Building Capacity in the Fields of Disease Surveillance, Detection, Diagnosis, and Containment – Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2009/L.1 Synthesis of Considerations, Lessons, Perspectives, Recommendations, Conclusions and Proposals drawn from the Presentations, Statements, Working Papers and Interventions on the Topics under Discussion at the Meeting of Experts – Submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2009/CRP.1 Draft Report of the Meeting of States Parties

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.1 Moderators’ Summary of the International Workshop on Improving Cooperation under Article X for Disease Surveillance, Detection, Diagnosis and Containment – Submitted by Sweden on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.2 The Establishment of a Mechanism for the Full Implementation of Article X of the Convention – Submitted by Cuba on behalf of the Group of the Non-aligned
Movement and Other States

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.3 International Cooperation under Article X of the Convention – Submitted by Japan on behalf of JACKSNNZ

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.4 Policy Issues for the Seventh Review Conference – Submitted by Canada. This paper is a Canadian-sponsored discussion paper submitted by Japan, Australia, Canada, Republic of Korea, Switzerland, Norway and New Zealand (JACKSNNZ.)

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.5 Quelques priorités en matière d’assistance internationale dans le domaine de la surveillance des maladies infectieuses (détection, diagnostic et confinement) et de la maîtrise des risques biologiques – Présenté par la France

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.6 Striving Towards a Common Format for Reporting Assistance Opportunities and Needs from States Parties in areas with relevance for the BTWC – Submitted by Sweden on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.7 Technical Assistance, Exchange and Cooperation undertaken by the Islamic Republic of Iran under Article X of the BWC- Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.8 Article X: India’s Experience in International Cooperation and Capacity Building in Disease Surveillance, Detection, Diagnosis, and
Containment of Infectious Diseases – Submitted by India

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.9 Consideration of, with a View to Enhancing International Cooperation, Assistance and Exchange in Biological Sciences and Technology for Peaceful Purposes, Promoting Capacity Building in the Fields of Disease Surveillance, Detection, Diagnosis, and Containment of Infectious Diseases: Needs, Challenges and Hurdles – Submitted by Pakistan

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.11 Experiencia Nacional De Cuba En La Identificación, Detección Y Vigilancia De Las Enfermedades Infecciosas Que Afectan Al Hombre, Los Animales Y Las Plantas – Presentado por Cuba

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BWC/MSP/2009/WP.12 National Strategy for Countering Biological Threats – Submitted by United States of America

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Compendiums of National Approaches

In his letters to States Parties, the Chair of the 2009 meetings stressed the value of States Parties making available the details of their national disease surveillance, mitigation and response arrangements. He was sure that many states will opt to include details of such arrangements in the working papers, statements and presentations made throughout the year.

Opening Statements

7 December 2009 (Morning Session)

7 December 2009 (Afternoon Session)

8 December 2009 (Afternoon Session)

Remarks from the Chair

Statements and Presentations

Statements by Non-Governmental Organisations

7 December 2008 (Afternoon Session)

Press Releases for the Meeting of States Parties

Side Events at the Meeting of States Parties

Monday 7 December

US National Academy of Sciences & University of Bradford & National Defense Medical Medical College & Landau Network , International Cooperation, Biosecurity and the Education of Life Scientists, 13:00-15:00, Room XXIII

Tuesday 8 December

European Union, Launch of the Guide to Participating in the Confidence-building Measures of the Biological Weapons Convention, 13:00-15:00, Room XXIII

Wednesday 9 December

Canada/G8, Global Partnership assistance, International Cooperation to Combat the Global Biological Threat, 0900-10:00, Room XXIII

Romania/ISU, Scientific Research and Exchange – Potential Impact on Non-proliferation Measures for Biological Agents, 13:00-15:00, Room XXIII

Thursday 10 December

VERTIC, Regulatory Guidelines for National Implementation of the 1972 BWC and Related Requirements of UNSCR 1540, 13:00-15:00, Room XXIII

Friday 11 December

UNICRI, Biosecurity Risks and Assessment: Illicit Trafficking, Intangible Transfers of Knowledge, Biotechnological Advances, 13:00-15:00, Room XXIII