Meeting of States Parties (10-14 December 2012)

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The 2012 Meeting of States Parties was held in the Palais des Nations from 10 to 14 December 2012. The meeting opened at 10:00 on Monday 10 December in Room XVIII.

The Meeting of States Parties was chaired by Ambassador Boujemâa Delmi of Algeria. In accordance with the decision of the Seventh Review Conference, the Meeting of States Parties considered the work of the Meeting of Experts (16-20 July 2012) on the three standing agenda items (cooperation and assistance, with a particular focus on strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X; review of developments in the field of science and technology related to the Convention; and strengthening national implementation), as well as the biennial item of how to enable fuller participation in the Confidence-building Measures (CBMs).

Report of the Meeting of States Parties – BWC/MSP/2012/5

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Official documents

BWC/MSP/2012/1/Rev.1 Revised provisional agenda

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BWC/MSP/2012/2 2012 Report of the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2012/3 Report on universalization activities

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BWC/MSP/2012/4 Provisional programme of work

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BWC/MSP/2012/5 Report of the Meeting of States Parties

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BWC/MSP/2012/L.1 Synthesis of considerations, lessons, perspectives, recommendations, conclusions and proposals drawn from the presentations, statements, working papers and interventions on the topic under discussion at the Meeting of Experts

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BWC/MSP/2012/INF.1 International activities of the Government of Canada related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Update 2012 – submitted by Canada

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BWC/MSP/2012/INF.2 List of participants

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BWC/MSP/2012/INF.2/Add.1 List of participants

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.1 Next steps on the CBMs: some key questions for 2013 – submitted by the United Kingdom

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.2 The crucial role of life scientists in the effective implementation of the BTWC – submitted by Poland

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.3 The United States Government’s Bio-transparency and Openness Initiative – submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.4 Considerations and recommendations to inculcate awareness of the dual-use challenge into biosafety and biosecurity training and education for life scientists in States Parties – submitted by Canada

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.5 National implementation measures in the Republic of Iraq – submitted by Iraq

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.6 National implementation of the BTWC: compliance assessment: update – submitted by Canada, the Czech Republic and Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.7 The intersessional process: comments and proposals – submitted by South Africa

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.8 Regional cooperative efforts to combat biological threats: the ASEAN Regional Forum workshops – submitted by Australia, the Philippines and the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.9 “Código de Conducta para Científicos”. Presentado por Chile, Colombia, España, Italia y México (informal English translation included)

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.10 International cooperation – Submitted by China (informal English translation included)

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.11 We need to talk about compliance. Submitted by Australia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2012/WP.12 Etude de l’UNIDIR sur la création d’un mécanisme de revue par les pairs dans le cadre de la Convention d’interdiction des armes biologiques et à toxines. Présenté par la France (Body text in English)

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Communications from the Chairman

Statements

Monday 10 December Morning Session

Monday 10 December Afternoon Session

Tuesday 11 December Morning Session

Statements by NGOs

Press Releases

Material provided for the meeting

  • Cooperation and Assistance:

Statement by The Non-Aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the BWC

Statement by Switzerland (French and English)

Statement by the United States of America

Statement by Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Statement by Germany

  • Science and Technology Developments:

Statement by The Non-Aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the BWC

Statement by Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Statement by Switzerland (French and English)

  • National Implementation:

Statement by Switzerland (French and English)

Statement by The Non-Aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the BWC

Statement by the United States of America

Statement by Germany

  • How to enable fuller participation in CBMs:

Statement by Switzerland (French and English)

Statement by The Non-Aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the BWC

Statement by Iran (Islamic Republic of)

Statement by the United States of America

Statement by Germany

  • Universalization:

Statement by Germany

Side Events

Monday 10 December

13.00 – 15.00 OPCW Scientific Advisory Board Temporary Working Groups on the Convergence of Biology and Chemistry and on Education and Outreach – Room XXIV

13:00 – 15:00 UNIDIR & France – Exploring Options for a BTWC Peer Review Mechanism – Room XXV

Tuesday 11 December

09.00 – 10.00 Canada – Awareness of the Dual-Use Challenges into Biosafety and Biosecurity Training and Education for Life Scientists – Room XXIV

13.00 – 15.00 IAP: Global Network of Science Academies – Room XXIV

13:00 – 15:00 European Union – Launch of the new Joint Action in support of the BTWC – Room XXV

Wednesday 12 December

09.00 – 10.00 The InterSessional Process, Science and Education (University of Bath, University of Bradford and Landau Network Centro Volta) – Room XXIV

13.00 – 15.00 Technology, Trade and Transparency: Lessons from other treaty regimes (Invitation) (Agenda), Research Group for Biological Arms Control (University of Hamburg) – Room XXIV

Thursday 13 December

09.00 – 10.00 Dutch Biosecurity Toolkit to Enhance Self-Regulation, Netherlands (Sander Banus of the Dutch National Institute of Public Health and the Environment (RIVM)), Room XXIV

13:00 – 15:00 Belgium – Health Crisis Response: Light Mobile Laboratories for Rapid & Reliable Identification of Pathogens by Prof. Colonel Jean-Luc GALA  MD PhD, Room XXIV.

13:00 – 15:00 Responsible Research for Global Biosecurity: Progress to Date, Green Cross International – Room XXV

Friday 14 December

09.00 – 10.00 Facilitating National Implementation through Assistance and Cooperation: US, UK and Canadian Programs – Room XXIV