Biological Weapons Convention – Meeting of States Parties


The 2019 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention was chaired by Ambassador Yann Hwang of France with Ambassador Adrian Vierita of Romania and Ambassador Andreano Erwin of Indonesia as the two Vice-Chairs.

The Meeting of States Parties took place in Room XVII from 3 to 6 December 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.
The 2018-2020 intersessional programme was intended to discuss, and promote common understanding and effective action on those issues identified for inclusion in the intersessional programme. The work in the intersessional period was guided by the aim of strengthening the implementation of all articles of the Convention in order to better respond to current challenges.

The 2019 Meeting of States Parties considered the factual reports of the Meetings of Experts which took place in July and August 2019, as well as a report from the Chair on universalization activities and the annual report of the Implementation Support Unit. It was also responsible for managing the intersessional programme, including taking necessary measures with respect to budgetary and financial matters by consensus with a view to ensuring the proper implementation of the intersessional programme. The Meeting of States Parties also approved the office-holders for the 2020 BWC meetings and the dates for the BWC meetings to take place in 2020. In addition, the Meeting considered the arrangements for the Ninth BWC Review Conference which is scheduled to take place in 2021.

Livestream on UN Web TV

The proceedings of the 2019 BWC Meeting of States Parties were livestreamed via UN Web TV Please check the UN Web TV homepage for the live video feed and for archived recordings.

Rules of Procedure

All meetings will be subject mutatis mutandis to the rules of procedure of the Eighth Review Conference.

BWC/CONF.VIII/2 - Draft Rules of Procedures adopted at the Eighth Review Conference
(available in all six official UN languages)