Meeting of States Parties (1-5 December 2014)

BWC meeting generic The 2014 Meeting of States Parties was held in the Palais des Nations from 1 to 5 December 2014. The meeting opened at 10:00 on Monday 1 December in Room XVIII and closed on Friday 5 December. The Meeting of States Parties was chaired by Ambassador Urs Schmid of Switzerland. In accordance with the decision of the Seventh Review Conference, the meeting considered the work of the Meeting of Experts (4-8 August 2014) 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 strengthen implementation of Article VII. The 2014 Meeting of States Parties ended on 5 December 2014. A press release is available here.

Report of the Meeting of States Parties

The report is now available in all UN languages:

English

Informal Indicative Schedule

This informal indicative schedule combines elements of the provisional programme of work and up-to-date information on side events.

Official documents

BWC/MSP/2014/1 – Provisional Agenda

BWC/MSP/2014/2 – Provisional Programme of Work

BWC/MSP/2014/3 – Report on universalization activities – Submitted by the Chairman

BWC/MSP/2014/3/Add.1 Report on universalization activities – Submitted by the Chairman Addendum

BWC/MSP/2014/4 – Report of the Implementation Support Unit – Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/MSP/2014/4/Corr.1 Report of the Implementation Support Unit – Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit – Corrigendum

BWC/MSP/2014/5 – Report of the Meeting of States Parties

English

BWC/MSP/2014/6 – Explanation of Position by the Russian Federation- Submitted by the Russian Federation English BWC/MSP/2014/INF.1 Information for States parties, observer States, intergovernmental organizations and non-governmental organizations Note by the Secretariat English BWC/MSP/2014/INF.2 International organizations that may be involved in the provision and coordination of assistance relevant to Article VII

BWC/MSP/2014/INF.3 Confidence and compliance with the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Workshop Report – submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland English BWC/MSP/2014/INF.4 List of Participants English BWC/MSP/2014/INF.5 Update on Australia’s Implementation of BWC Article X English BWC/MSP/2014/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 English BWC/MSP/2014/WP.1 Article VII: Analysis of existing resources and gaps, and recommendations for future actions – Submitted by the United States of America English BWC/MSP/2014/WP.1/Corr.1 Corrigendum to Article VII: Analysis of existing resources and gaps, and recommendations for future actions – Submitted by the United States of America English BWC/MSP/2014/WP.2 Strengthening national implementation: elements of an effective national export control system – Submitted by Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America English BWC/MSP/2014/WP.2/Add.1 Strengthening national implementation: elements of an effective national export control system – Submitted by Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America English BWC/MSP/2014/WP.3 Exercice pilote de revue par les pairs tenu du 4 au 6 décembre 2013 à Paris – submitted by France French BWC/MSP/2014/WP.4 China’s efforts in assisting West African countries combatting Ebola epidemic – submitted by China Chinese BWC/MSP/2014/WP.6 “Código de Conducta para Científicos” – submitted by Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Italy, Mexico and Spain Spanish BWC/MSP/2014/WP.7 Perspectives on Article VII – Submitted by South Africa English BWC/MSP/2014/WP.8 National Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention – submitted by Australia, Chile, Costa Rica, Ghana, Japan, Malaysia, the Republic of Korea, and Thailand English BWC/MSP/2014/WP.9 Exercise and training for investigations of alleged use of biological weapons with special consideration of the functional subunits approach (Berlin, 10-19 November 2014) – submitted by Germany English BWC/MSP/2014/WP.10 Updated Report on Germany’s implementation of Article X (with special focus on the German Partnership Programme for Excellence in Biological and Health Security) English BWC/MSP/2014/WP.11 International activities of the Government of Canada related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Update 2014 English

Advance version of documents

  • Advance copy Working Paper – Strengthening national implementation: elements of an effective export control system – submitted by Australia, Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Japan, Latvia, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovak Republic, Sweden, Spain, Ukraine, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America

Communications from the Chairman

  • Letter from Chairman – On 19 November 2014, the BWC Chair, Ambassador Urs Schmid wrote to States Parties regarding the preparations of the Meeting of States Parties.
  • Letter from Chairman – On 7 October 2014, a letter from the BWC Chair, Ambassador Urs Schmid of Switzerland, has been sent to States Parties regarding the preparations of the Meeting of States Parties and other BWC relater matters.

Registration Registration for the meeting is now open. All those wishing to attend the meeting must be properly registered. The registration procedure differs for States Parties, signatories, states not party, international organizations and NGOs. Please click here for detailed information on your participation and follow the steps in the appropriate category mentioned in the document. The Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention will be held in Geneva, Switzerland, from 1 to 5 December 2014. The Meeting will be held in conference room XVIII, E Building of the Palais des Nations, United Nations Office at Geneva, avenue de la Paix 8-14, 1211 Geneva 10, accessible via the Pregny Gate. All registration letters/note verbales and the registration forms, if applicable, should reach the Implementation Support Unit no later than Monday 17 November 2014. Valid grounds passes (issued either by the United Nations Office at Geneva or the United Nations Headquarters in New York) are required for entry into the Palais des Nations. Participants already possessing a United Nations grounds pass may proceed directly to the Meeting. Participants without a valid grounds pass should fill in the conference registration form (French version available here) of the Security and Safety Section of the United Nations Office at Geneva. This form should be attached to the letter/note verbale that the permanent mission will address to the Implementation Support Unit. Valid United Nations grounds passes can be collected from the Pass and Identification Unit, open Monday to Friday from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations. Delegations from States and international organisations can collect their passes as from Friday 28 November, 12:00 p.m. NGO representatives can collect their passes in person on Monday, 1 December 2014, as from 8:00 a.m. The completed registration form and photo identification, valid passport or national identification card, will have to be produced in order to collect a grounds pass.

Opening Statements

Monday 1 December – Morning Session

Monday 1 December – Afternoon Session

Tuesday 2 December – Morning Session

Statements & Presentations

Tuesday 2 December – Morning Session: Cooperation and Assistance

Tuesday 2 December – Afternoon Session: Developments in Science and Technology

Wednesday 3 December – Morning Session: Strengthening National Implementation of the BWC

Wednesday 3 December – Afternoon Session: Strengthening the Implementation of Article VII

NGO Statements

Side Events

Monday 1 December 13.00 – 15.00 Ukraine and University of Bradford – Building a Web of Prevention: Progress to Date – Room XXIV Programme and Key MessagesIaroslava Maksymovych, PhD ‘Project P633: Education and Awareness-raising in Ukraine’Jo Husbands, PhD, ‘Report of the OPWC SAB Temporary Working Group on Education and Outreach’Brett Edwards, PhD, ‘Biological and Chemical Security in an Age of Responsible Innovation’Kathryn McLaughlin, ‘BioWeapons Monitor 2014’ 13.00 – 15.00 King’s College London – The Threat of Manufactured Disease – Room XXV – Launch of workshop report on ‘Confidence & Compliance with the BWC’ Ambassador Dr Matthew Rowland (UK) and Dr Gustav Lindstrom (Geneva Centre for Security Policy) [presentation] – Gain-of-function research: An example of the importance and continued relevance of the CBMs [podcast] – Prof Simon Wain-Hobson (Pasteur Institute) and Prof Marc Lipsitch (Harvard University) [presentation] – Chair’s summary: ‘Preventing a man-made pandemic’ (Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists) Dr Filippa Lentzos (King’s College London) 18.15 – 20.00 Switzerland – Reception – Restaurant des Delegues, 8th Floor, Palais des Nations Tuesday 2 December 13.00 – 15.00 UK, Sweden, and Germany – UN Secretary General Mechanism on Investigations of Alleged Use – Room XXIV Wednesday 3 December 9.00 – 10.00 OPCW and University of Hamburg – Innovative and Enabling Technologies: Embracing Developments in S&T to Benefit Treaty ImplementationRoom XXIV – Jonathan Forman, ‘Enabling Biochemical Sampling and Analysis across the Universe’Gunnar Jeremias and Mirko Himmel, PhD, ‘Open Source Data Analysis: Contributions to Enhancing Transparency in the BWC’James Revill, PhD, ‘How Easy is “Easy”: Tacit Knowledge, Biological Weapons and the BTWC’ 13.00 – 15.00 Switzerland – Spiez Convergence 2014: Briefing on First Workshop – Room XXIV 13.00 – 15.00 Geneva Forum – ‘Where Next for the Biological Weapons Convention?‘ – Room XXV Thursday 4 December 9.00 – 10.00 USA – Global Health Security Agenda, International Response to the Ebola Outbreak, and Their Relevance to the Biological Weapons Convention – Room XXIV 13.00 – 15.00 Germany and Tunisia – Biosecurity – Biorisks – Bioethics – Room XXIV 13.00 – 15.00 France – A Peer-Review Mechanism for the BTWC: Feedback of the Pilot Exercise and Follow-up – Room XXV Friday 5 December 13.00 -15.00 Italy – National Action Plans and Sharing Best Practices: An Innovative Network Approach to Mitigating Biological Risks – Room XXV

Press releases