Biological Weapons Convention – Meeting of Experts


The 2009 Meeting of Experts was held in the Palais des Nations from 24 to 28 August 2009. It was chaired by Ambassador Marius Grinius of Canada. In accordance with the decision of the Sixth Review Conference, the Meeting of Experts was to, with a view to enhancing international cooperation, assistance and exchange in biological sciences and technology for peaceful purposes, discuss, and promote 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.

Report of the Meeting

At its closing session on Friday 28 August, the meeting adopted its report by consensus.

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During the closing session the Chair of the meeting, Ambassador Grinius, made an interim report on universalization and delivered some concluding remarks.