News Archive

This section contains up to date information on the Biological Weapons Convention, efforts of States Parties, the work of the Chair and activities undertaken by the Implementation Support Unit.

News from 2020
  • Chairperson for MX5 – The Implementation Support Unit wrote a letter to all States Parties on 13 August informing them that the Chairperson of the 2020 Meeting of Experts on Institutional Strengthening of the Convention (MX5) has been confirmed by States Parties. Ms. Grisselle del Carmen Rodriguez Ramirez of Panama was nominated as Chair of MX5 by the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and Other States.
  • Revised schedule of meetings – Ambassador Dr. Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu of Kenya, Chairperson of the 2020 Meeting of States Parties, informed all States Parties on 28 July in a letter about the adoption of the revised schedule of meetings.
  • 2020 BWC MSP Chair writes to States Parties – On 18 June, the Chairperson of the 2020 BWC Meeting of States Parties, Ambassador Dr. Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu of Kenya, wrote a letter to all States Parties appraising them on issues pertinent to his Chairmanship.
  • New Chairperson of the 2020 MSP – The Implementation Support Unit wrote a letter to all States Parties on 11 June informing them that Ambassador Dr. Cleopa Kilonzo Mailu of Kenya was appointed as Chairperson of the 2020 Meeting of States Parties.
  • Chairperson of the 2020 MSP – The Implementation Support Unit wrote a letter to all States Parties on 28 April informing them that Ambassador Azeez of Sri Lanka will no longer be able to serve as Chairperson of the 2020 Meeting of States Parties.
  • 45th anniversary of the BWC – 26 March 2020 marks the 45th anniversary of the entry into force of the Biological Weapons Convention. The occasion was marked by a message from the Secretary-General of the United Nations and the launch of the short video above. In addition, statements and other communications were issued by India, the Russian Federation (in Russian and English) and the United States of America, as well as the European Union.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 29 February 2020. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 January 2020. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Chairs for MX1 and MX2 – The Chairpersons of the 2020 Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X (MX1) and the Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention (MX2) have been confirmed by States Parties. Mr. Kimmo Laukkanen of Finland and Mr. Kazuhiro Nakai of Japan were nominated as Chairs of MX1 and MX2 respectively by the Western Group. Nominations for the Chairpersons of the other three Meetings of Experts are still pending.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 1 January 2020. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
News from 2019
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 30 November 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Global Forum on Science & Technology – On 2 December, the day prior to the opening of the 2019 Meeting of States Parties, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security and the United Nations Office of Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) will host the Second Annual Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the BWC. This event will feature expert panel and speaker discussions on current and future biological capabilities with relevance to the BWC and biological weapons. The speakers will highlight both the potential for misuse and opportunities to leverage these capabilities to improve efforts to prevent biological weapons development and strengthen disarmament norms. The event will be open to all who have registered for the 2019 Meeting of States Parties. More information and details about the event are available here.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 October 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Joint statement on financial issues – On 30 October, the Chairman of the Meeting of States Parties, Ambassador Yann Hwang of France, delivered a joint statement to the First Committee of the General Assembly on behalf of the Chairs of the four disarmament conventions hosted by the United Nations Office at Geneva. The joint statement addressed the financial situation of the four conventions (APLC, BWC, CCM and CCW).
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 30 September 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • 2020 scale of assessments – The Financial Resources Management Service (FRMS) of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided the preliminary assessment per State Party for contributions to the BWC budget for the year 2020. Formal invoices for 2020 are being sent to all BWC States Parties in the coming days. States Parties in a position to do so are requested to proceed with the payment of their assessed contributions for 2020 as soon as the invoices are received. FRMS has also provided information on the closing of the 2018 financial accounts.
  • Letter from the Chair about MSP preparations – On 4 September, the Chairman of the Meeting of States Parties (MSP), Ambassador Yann Hwang of France, sent a letter to all States Parties about preparations for the MSP which will take place from 3 to 6 December in Geneva. Drafts of the provisional agenda and the provisional programme of work for the MSP are attached to the letter. A courtesy English translation is also attached.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 August 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • United Republic of Tanzania – The United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland has informed the ISU that the United Republic of Tanzania deposited its instrument of ratification to the BWC in London on 14 August 2019. As of this date, the United Republic of Tanzania is therefore the 183rd State Party to the Convention.
  • Possibility of cash payment for small outstanding receivables – on 14 August 2019, the Chief of Financial Resources Management Services at the United Nations Office at Geneva wrote a letter to all Permanent Missions in Geneva concerning the possibility to settle small outstanding receivables due under the disarmament conventions by cash payment at the UBS Branch in the Palais des Nations.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 July 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Meetings of Experts underway – The 2019 BWC Meetings of Experts opened in Geneva on 29 July 2019. The five back-to-back meetings will conclude on 8 August. For more information and all official documentation, see the main webpage for the Meetings of Experts.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 30 June 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Workshop on advances in Biotechnology – The BWC ISU will be co-hosting with the Permanent Mission of Romania a workshop on “Advances in biotechnology and preventing their misuse in the context of the 2030 Agenda”, on 17 June 2019, from 15:00 to 18:00 at the Palais des Nations (Room XIV). The programme is available here.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 May 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Registration for the Meetings of Experts – On 3 June, the ISU opened online registration for the Meetings of Experts that will take place in Geneva from 29 July to 8 August. Those wishing to attend the Meetings of Experts who do not already have access to the Palais des Nations need to register online. More information about the Meetings of Experts is also available.
  • ISU letter on National Contact Points – On 23 May 2019, the ISU sent a letter requesting updated National Contact Point information to the Permanent Representatives of BWC States Parties, as well as to existing NCPs. A copy of the letter is available here.
  • BWC Seminar – On 16 April the BWC ISU organized a workshop on “Rapid International Response to Biological Incidents: Lessons for the BWC”, which was hosted by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). The seminar was funded through a voluntary contribution by the Government of Japan to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) for implementation of a project on “Strengthening National, Sub-Regional, and International Capacities to Prepare for and Respond to Deliberate Use of Biological Weapons”. More than 70 participants attended the event. The seminar report including the presentations can be accessed here.
  • BWC Working Capital Fund – On 7 May 2019, the Director of the Geneva Branch of the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs, Ms. Anja Kaspersen, wrote a letter to all BWC States Parties notifying them of the formal establishment of the BWC Working Capital Fund, as agreed by the 2018 Meeting of States Parties.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 30 April 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 March 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 28 February 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • 2019 BWC MSP Chair writes to States Parties – On 11 March, the Chairman of the 2019 BWC Meeting of States Parties, Ambassador Yann Hwang of France, wrote a letter to all States Parties and Signatory States setting out his initial views on the programme for 2019. A courtesy translation in English is annexed to the letter.
  • BWC 2019 Meetings of Experts Sponsorship Programme – On 11 March 2019, the Chief of the Implementation Support Unit, Mr. Daniel Feakes, wrote a letter to all States Parties, Signatory States and States not party to the BWC informing them about the launch of the Sponsorship Programme to support participation by experts from developing countries in the 2019 Meetings of Experts. More information on the Sponsorship Programme is available here.
  • 2018 MSP Chair’s letter on financial measures – On 31 January, the Chairman of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, sent a letter to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs and the United Nations Office at Geneva. The letter provides additional clarification to assist the United Nations in understanding the intent of States Parties and to facilitate implementation of the financial measures approved by the 2018 Meeting of States Parties.
  • ISU sends out CBM reminder letter – On 23 January, the ISU sent a reminder letter to States Parties that the deadline for the submission of Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) covering calendar year 2018 is 15 April 2019.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 1 January 2019. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
News from 2018
  • Universalization workshop for the Pacific Regionin Nadi, Fiji – On 12 and 13 December 2018, The Biological Weapons Convention Implementation Support Unit (BWC ISU), with the financial support from Australia, and the Government of Fiji co-organized a two-day universalisation workshop for the Pacific Region. More information is available on the workshop’s webpage.
  • 2018 MSP final report – Following the conclusion of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties last week, an “advance version” of its final report is now available. The “advance version” is only in English and does not include all the annexes. The final version will be available in a few weeks in all six official UN languages and with all annexes.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 30 November 2018. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • BWC Seminar – On 20 November the BWC ISU organized a workshop on “The Importance of Disease Surveillance and Alert Mechanisms: Lessons for the BWC”, which was hosted by the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP). The seminar was funded through a voluntary contribution by the Government of Japan to the United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA) for implementation of a project on “Strengthening National, Sub-Regional, and International Capacities to Prepare for and Respond to Deliberate Use of Biological Weapons”. More than 50 participants attended the event. The seminar report including the presentations can be accessed here.
  • MSP Chairman’s letter on MSP duration – On 8 November, the Chairman of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, wrote a letter to all States Parties informing them that the duration of the MSP would be reduced from four to three days due to a lack of funding. A draft revised version of the provisional programme of work was attached to the letter.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 October 2018. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • First Annual Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the BWC – On 3 December, immediately prior to the opening of the Meeting of States Parties on 4 December, the Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security will organize the “First Annual Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the BWC”. The event will feature expert panel and speaker discussions on current and future biological capabilities relevant to the BWC, including potential for misuse and opportunities to boost efforts to prevent biological weapons development and strengthen non-proliferation norms. The event will be open to all participants in the MSP. More information and details about registration are available here.
  • MSP arrangements and Sponsorship Programme – On 15 October, the Chief of the Implementation Support Unit, Mr. Daniel Feakes, wrote a letter to all States Parties informing them of the practical arrangements for the Meeting of States Parties scheduled for 4-7 December. Attached to the letter was an aide-memoire with detailed information. The letter also informs States Parties about the launch of the Sponsorship Programme to support participation in the MSP by experts from developing countries.
  • Letter from the Chairman about MSP preparations – On 11 October, the Chairman of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, wrote a letter to all States Parties setting out his plans for the MSP scheduled to take place from 4 to 7 December. Attached to the letter are draft versions of the provisional agenda and the provisional programme of work of the MSP.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 30 September 2018. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • UK Biological Security Strategy published – The Strategy draws together for the first time the work that takes place across the UK Government to protect the UK and its interests from significant biological risks, no matter how these occur and no matter who or what they affect. The strategy sets out the nature of the biological risks and the opportunities the UK faces, looks at how this landscape is continuing to evolve, and explains what the UK response is to these challenges.
  • BWC Newsletter (October 2018) issued – On 1 October, the ISU published the latest version of the BWC Newsletter covering news and events since March 2018.
  • MSP Chair’s letter regarding MSP finances – On 26 September, the Chairman of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, wrote a letter to all States Parties telling them that he had been informed by UNODA that “there are currently not sufficient funds for the Meeting of States Parties to go ahead as planned in December.”
  • The Central African Republic ratifies the BWC – The United States of America informed the ISU that the Central African Republic deposited its instrument of ratification to the BWC in Washington, DC on 25 September 2018. As of that date, the Central African Republic is therefore the 182nd State Party to the Convention.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 August 2018. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • 2019 scale of assessments – The Financial Resources Management Service (FRMS) of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided the preliminary assessment per State Party for contributions to the BWC budget for the year 2019. Formal invoices for 2019 are being sent to all BWC States Parties in the coming days. States Parties in a position to do so are requested to proceed with the payment of their assessed contributions for 2019 as soon as the assessment notices have been received. FRMS has also provided information on the closing of the 2017 financial accounts.
  • Letter from the Chair of MX2 – On 7 August, the Chair of MX2 on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention, Mr Pedro Liuz Dalcero of Brazil, sent a letter to all States Parties setting out his thoughts about the conduct of MX2 which will meet from 9-10 August. Annexed to the letter was an annotated programme of work for MX2.
  • ISU letter regarding the appointment of the Chair of MX2 – On 7 August, the Implementation Support Unit sent a letter to all BWC States Parties informing them of the appointment of Mr Pedro Luiz Dalcero of Brazil as the Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention.
  • Letter from the MSP Chair on BWC financial issues – On 6 August, the Chair of the Meeting of States Parties, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, wrote a letter to all States Parties seeking proposals for measures to address the financial predictability and sustainability of the BWC.
  • Letter from the Chair of MX3 – On 3 August, the Chair of MX3 on Strengthening National Implementation, Ambassador Julio Herráiz España of Spain, sent a letter to all States Parties setting out his thoughts about the conduct of MX3 which will meet on 13 August. Annexed to the letter was an annotated programme of work for MX3.
  • ISU Letter regarding nomination of Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of Experts on Science and Technology (MX2) – On 3 August, the Implementation Support Unit sent a letter to all BWC States Parties informing them of the nomination of the Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention.
  • Letters from the Chairs of MX4 and MX5 – On 2 August, the Chair of MX4, Mr Daniel Nord of Sweden, and the Chair of MX5, Mr Otakar Gorgol of the Czech Republic, both sent letters to all States Parties setting out their thoughts about the conduct of MX and MX5 which will meet from 14-15 August and on 16 August respectively. Annexed to the letters were annotated programmes of work for both Meetings. The letters are available here – MX4 and MX5.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 July 2018. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Letter from the Chair of MX1 – On 31 July, the Chair of MX1 on Cooperation and Assistance, Ambassador Maria Teresa Almojuela of the Philippines, sent a letter to all States Parties setting out her thoughts about the conduct of MX1 which will meet from 7 to 8 August. Annexed to the letter was an annotated programme of work for MX1.
  • ISU letter regarding nominations of Vice-Chairs of the MSP – On 30 July, the ISU sent a letter to States Parties informing them of the situation regarding the nomination of Vice-Chairs for the 2018 Meeting of States Parties.
  • Niue accedes to the BWC – on 28 July, the United States of America informed the ISU that Niue deposited its instrument of accession to the BWC in Washington, DC on 14 June 2018. As of that date, Niue is therefore the 181st State Party to the Convention. A copy of the related press release is available here.
  • Peer review compliance exercise – The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Georgia has extended an invitation to all States Parties for participation in a peer review compliance exercise in Tbilisi, Georgia from 14 to 15 November 2018. The activity will take place at the Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health in Tbilisi, Georgia, from 14 to 15 November 2018
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 30 June 2018. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Practical arrangements for the 2018 Meetings of Experts – On 25 June, the Implementation Support Unit sent an information letter to BWC States Parties and Signatory States on the practical arrangements for the Meetings of Experts, which will be held at the Palais des Nations from 7 to 16 August 2018. An Aide-Mémoire was attached to the letter. In addition, online registration for the Meetings of Experts is now open for those participants without access badges to the UN in Geneva.
  • Norway/ISU workshop on Article X – On 22 June, the Government of Norway and the Implementation Support Unit co-organized an international workshop on cooperation and assistance under Article X of the Biological Weapons Convention. More information is available on the workshop’s webpage.
  • Joint letter from MSP and MX Chairs – On 14 June, the MSP Chair and the appointed MX Chairs wrote a joint letter to States Parties outlining their approach to the preparations for and conduct of the Meetings of Experts from 7 to 16 August.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 May 2018. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Norway/ISU workshop on Article X – On 22 June, the Government of Norway and the Implementation Support Unit will co-organize an international workshop on cooperation and assistance under Article X of the Biological Weapons Convention. More information is available in the invitation letter which was sent on 22 May.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 30 April 2018. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • ISU letters regarding nominations of Chairs for MX3, MX4 and MX5 – On 3 May, the Implementation Support Unit sent a letter to all BWC States Parties informing them of the appointment of Ambassador Julio Herráiz España of Spain as the Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of Experts on Strengthening National Implementation. The ISU also sent a second letter informing States Parties of the nominations by the Western Group and the Eastern European Group of the Chairs for the Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Preparedness and Response (MX4) and the Meeting of Experts on Institutional Strengthening of the Convention (MX5).
  • Letter from the Chairman – On 2 May, the Chairman of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, wrote to all BWC States Parties and Signatory States.
  • Sponsorship Programme for the 2018 Meetings of Experts is open – On 25 April, the Implementation Support Unit sent a letter to all States Parties, Signatory States and non-Signatory States informing them that applications for the BWC Sponsorship Programme can now be submitted for the Meetings of Experts in August. Further information and the application form are available on the relevant webpage. The application deadline is 31 May 2018.
  • ISU Letter regarding nomination of Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of Experts on Strengthening National Implementation (MX3) – On 24 April, the Implementation Support Unit sent a letter to all BWC States Parties informing them of the nomination of the Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of Experts on Strengthening National Implementation.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as at 31 March 2018. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • BWC Newsletter March/2018 – The BWC Implementation Support Unit has prepared a new issue of the BWC Newsletter in line with its mandate to facilitate communication among States Parties and to serve as a focal point for the sharing of information related to the BWC. Comments and feedback are welcome and should be sent to bwc@unog.ch.
  • ISU sends out CBM reminder letter – On 3 March, the ISU sent a reminder letter to States Parties that the deadline for the submission of CBMs covering calendar year 2017 is 15 April 2018.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 28 February 2018. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance (MX1) confirmed – On 22 February, Ambassador Maria Teresa T. Almojuela of the Philippines was formally confirmed as Chairperson of the 2018 BWC Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance.
  • Letter from the Chairman – On 20 February, the Chairman of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, wrote to all BWC States Parties and Signatory States.
  • ISU Letter regarding nomination of Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance (MX1) – On 14 February, the Implementation Support Unit sent a letter to all BWC States Parties informing them of the nomination of the Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance.
  • Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties confirmed – On 1 February, Mr. Ljupco Gjorgjinski, Chargé d’affaires of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, was formally confirmed as Chairperson of the 2018 BWC Meeting of States Parties.
  • ISU Letter regarding nomination of Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties to the BWC – On 24 January, the Implementation Support Unit sent a letter to all BWC States Parties and Signatory States informing them on the nomination of the Chairperson of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties to the BWC.
News from 2017
  • 2018 scale of assessments – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided the preliminary assessment per State Party for contributions to the BWC budget for the year 2018. Formal invoices will be sent to all BWC States Parties in the coming days. The Eighth Review Conference requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 30 November 2017. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document. The Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016 requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received. The assessment notices were sent to all States Parties on 13 February 2017.
  • BWC Workshop – On 8 November the Geneva Centre for Security (GCSP) jointly co-organized with the BWC ISU a workshop in preparation for the Meeting of States Parties to the BWC. More than 50 participants attended the event and Amb. Amandeep Singh Gill presented his views on possible expectations from the meeting. A brief summary of the workshop as prepared by GCSP including the presentations can be accessed here.
  • International biosecurity conference – The Russian Federation hosted an international conference “Global Biosecurity: Problems and Solutions” from 1-2 November in Sochi, Russian Federation. The Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States of America issued a joint statement on the vital importance of reinforcing the BWC. Amb. Amandeep Singh Gill, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament and Chairman of the 2017 Meeting of States Parties shared in the Final Plenary Session his views about the crucial importance of the upcoming meeting.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 31 October 2017. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document. The Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016 requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received. The assessment notices were sent to all States Parties on 13 February 2017.
  • Preparing for the 2017 MSP – On 8 November, the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) and the ISU will organize a workshop for Geneva-based delegations to discuss what to expect from the Meeting of States Parties and what could be its outcomes. Please register to participate in the workshop here.
  • MSP official documents – All four pre-session official documents for the Meeting of States Parties in December are now available on the MSP webpage – the provisional agenda, the provisional programme of work, the 2017 report on the activities of the ISU, and the Chairman’s report on universalization.
  • BWC Workshop – Malaysia and the United States of America will co-organize a BWC Workshop entitled ‘Reports on BWC-relevant developments by international experts’, which will take place from 30 November to 1 December 2017 in the Council Chamber, Palais des Nations. Further information can be found in the workshop flyer and the workshop agenda.
  • Practical arrangements for the 2017 Meeting of States Parties – On 25 October 2017, the Implementation Support Unit sent an information letter to BWC States Parties and Signatory States on the practical arrangements for the Meeting of States Parties, which will be held at the Palais des Nations from 4 to 8 December 2017. An Aide-Mémoire was attached to the letter.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 30 September 2017. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document. The Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016 requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received. The assessment notices were sent to all States Parties on 13 February 2017.
  • Samoa accedes to the BWC – The United States of America informed the ISU that Samoa deposited its instrument of accession to the BWC in Washington, DC on 21 September 2017. As of this date, Samoa is therefore the 179th State Party to the Convention.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 31 August 2017. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document. The Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016 requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received. The assessment notices were sent to all States Parties on 13 February 2017.
  • Letter from the Chairman – On 5 September, the Chairman of the 2017 Meeting of States Parties, Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill of India, wrote to all States Parties and Signatory States.
  • 2017 Meeting of States Parties Chairs confirmed – On 4 September 2017, Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill of India was formally confirmed as Chairman of the 2017 BWC Meeting of States Parties. Ambassador Michael Biontino of Germany and Ambassador Juraj Podhorský of Slovakia will serve as Vice-Chairs.
  • Office-Holders for the 2017 Meeting of States Parties – Regional Group Coordinators have informed the ISU about their nominations for the office-holders for the 2017 Meeting of States Parties. More details are provided in a letter circulated by the ISU.
  • BWC Newsletter August/2017 – The BWC Implementation Support Unit has prepared a new issue of the BWC newsletter in line with its mandate to facilitate communication among States Parties and to serve as a focal point for the sharing of information related to the BWC. Comments and feedback are welcome and should be sent to bwc@unog.ch.
  • Regional Workshop for the Pacific Region – On 27-28 July 2017, a regional workshop on universalization, hosted by Fiji, took place in Nadi. The workshop was organized in cooperation with the UNODA and the ISU, with the financial support of the EU. The workshop is part of the EU Council Decision 2016/51 to support universalization and Implementation of the BWC. Details and a report of the workshop could be found here.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 31 July 2017. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document. The Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016 requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received. The assessment notices were sent to all States Parties on 13 February 2017.
  • New educational and outreach material available about the Biological Weapons Convention – The BWC Implementation Support Unit has prepared an information brochure about the Convention. Produced with financial assistance from the European Union, the document describes in an easily understandable manner the importance and benefits of the Convention. The document is available both in hardcopy as well as in electronic format (click here).
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 30 June 2017. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document. The Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016 requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received. The assessment notices were sent to all States Parties on 13 February 2017.
  • Informal meeting on 2017 MSP – The BWC Depositary Governments, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America will convene a second informal meeting on 23 June to discuss organizational issues for the 2017 Meeting of States Parties. More details are provided in a letter circulated by the ISU.
  • BWC Newsletter 4/2017 – The BWC Implementation Support Unit has prepared a new issue of the BWC newsletter in line with its mandate to facilitate communication among States Parties and to serve as a focal point for the sharing of information related to the BWC. Comments and feedback are welcome and should be sent to bwc@unog.ch.
  • Informal meeting on 2017 MSP – The BWC Depositary Governments, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America will convene an informal meeting on 7 June to discuss organizational issues for the 2017 Meeting of States Parties. More details are provided in a letter circulated by the ISU.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 31 May 2017. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document. The Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016 requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received. The assessment notices were sent to all States Parties on 13 February 2017.
  • Letter regarding office-holders for the 2017 MSP – On 26 May 2017, the Implementation Support Unit sent a letter to all BWC States Parties and Signatory States updating them on the status of nominations for the Chairman and two Vice-Chairmen of the Meeting of States Parties which will take place in December 2017.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 30 April 2017. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document. The Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016 requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received. The assessment notices were sent to all States Parties on 13 February 2017.
  • Biosecurity Symposium and Training Course held in Qatar – The National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons (NCPW) of the State of Qatar has informed the ISU that it carried out a‘Symposium on the Prevention of Biological Weapons Proliferation and Biological Terrorism’ (3-4 April 2017) and a ‘Training Workshop for Future Biological Weapons Monitoring Verification and Inspection of Inspectors’ in the State of Qatar (5-6 April 2017) in 2017 to further strengthen the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention:. The events were held under the auspices of His Excellency Lt. Gen. Staff (Pilot) Ghanem Bin Shaheen Al Ghanem, Chief of Staff of the Armed Forces in the National Committee for the Prohibition of Weapons and convened through the Doha Regional Centre for CBRN training. A summary of both events can be found here.
  • Addendum to the HSP report on the Eighth Review Conference – The Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons has published an Addendum to the report dated February 2017 entitled “The BTWC Eighth Review Conference: A Disappointing Outcome”.
  • BWC Newsletter 3/2017 – The BWC Implementation Support Unit has prepared a new issue of the BWC newsletter in line with its mandate to facilitate communication among States Parties and to serve as a focal point for the sharing of information related to the BWC. Comments and feedback are welcome and should be sent to bwc@unog.ch.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 31 March 2017. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document. The Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016 requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received. The assessment notices were sent to all States Parties on 13 February 2017.
  • African Parliamentary Workshop on the BWC in Sierra Leone – On 27 March, the Chief of the Implementation Support Unit participated via video-link in a Regional Africa Parliamentary Workshop to Promote Ratification and Implementation of the BWC. The workshop took place in the House of Parliament in Freetown, Sierra Leone and was organized by Parliamentarians for Global Action with financial support from Canada. Prominent legislators and several Government officials from the following countries participated in the workshop: Central African Republic, Chad, Democratic Republic of Congo, Guinea, Guinea-Bissau, Kenya, Liberia, Namibia, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Somalia and Tanzania.
  • Letter from the Depositaries to the BWC – The Depositaries of the BWC have requested the BWC ISU to transmit a letter concerning this year’s assessed contributions to the Convention. Information about the status of contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of this document (status as of 28 February 2017).
  • A report on the Eighth Review Conference – The Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons has published a report entitled The BTWC Eighth Review Conference: A Disappointing Outcome.
  • BWC Newsletter 2/2017 – The BWC Implementation Support Unit has prepared a new issue of the BWC newsletter in line with its mandate to facilitate communication among States Parties and to serve as a focal point for the sharing of information related to the BWC. Comments and feedback are welcome and should be sent to bwc@unog.ch.
  • Status of contributions – The Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva has provided a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions, as of 28 February 2017. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document The Eighth BWC Review Conference in November 2016 requested States Parties to proceed with the payment of their share of the estimated costs as soon as the assessment notices have been received. The assessment notices were sent to all States Parties on 13 February 2017.
  • BWC Newsletter 1/2017 – The BWC Implementation Support Unit has prepared this brief newsletter in line with its mandate to facilitate communication among States Parties and to serve as a focal point for the sharing of information related to the BWC. It provides an overview of BWC-related issues and upcoming events. This newsletter will be published periodically. Comments and feedback are welcome and should be sent to bwc@unog.ch.
News from 2016
  • Status of contributions – On 31 December 2016, the Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva circulated a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Improving the Cooperation & Assistance Database – The Eighth Review Conference mandated that the Implementation Support Unit (ISU), with inputs to be provided by States Parties, “will seek to improve the database to ensure that it is more user-friendly and comprehensive, and ensure that specific, timely and concrete offers of and requests for cooperation be provided by States Parties in the database.” The ISU therefore wrote to States Parties on 15 December to invite them to submit inputs on the cooperation and assistance database with a view to its improvement.
  • Report on Biotechnology in Developing Countries – The CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology and Clarivate Analytics jointly issued in November 2016 a report entitled ‘Biotechnology in Developing Countries: Growth and Competitiveness’. The document provides an assessment of research and development activities carried out by developing countries in the field of biotechnology. Analyses focus on research and patent publications between 2005 and 2014, which are evaluated at both overall and regional level and further disaggregated by 32 biotechnology sub-categories as well as all the developing countries defined by CAS-TWAS Centre of Excellence for Biotechnology.
  • Status of contributions – On 30 November 2016, the Financial Resources Management Service of the United Nations Office at Geneva circulated a summary of the financial contributions to the four disarmament conventions. Detailed information pertaining to the contributions to the BWC is contained in Annex II of the document.
  • Guinea accedes to the BWC – The United Kingdom informed the ISU that Guinea deposited its instrument of accession to the BWC in London on 10 November 2016. As of this date, Guinea is therefore the 178th State Party to the Convention.
  • Liberia and Nepal ratify the BWC – The United States of America informed the ISU that Liberia and Nepal both deposited their instruments of ratification to the BWC in Washington, DC on 4 November 2016. As of this date, Liberia and Nepal are therefore the 176th and 177th States Parties to the Convention. 
  • First Committee adopts BWC resolution – On 28 October, the First Committee of the UN General Assembly adopted draft resolution A/C.1/71/L.56 on the BWC without a vote. The resolution urges all BWC States Parties to “build upon the discussions of the Preparatory Committee and to continue to work together to achieve a consensus outcome of the Eighth Review Conference”.
  • Joint ministerial statement – The following joint statement by the Foreign Ministers of Hungary, the Russian Federation, the United Kingdom and the United States was delivered by President-Designate Ambassador György Molnár at a plenary session of the United Nations First Committee in New York on 17 October 2016:
News from 2015
  • Highest number of CBMs submitted in 2015 – With the submission on 9 January 2016 of a Confidence-Building Measure (CBM) report from Peru, the Implementation Support Unit has received the highest ever annual number of CBMs. During 2015, the ISU has received a total of 72 CBMs covering activities in the calendar year 2014. 2015 also saw a big increase in the number of States Parties deciding to make their CBMs publicly available with the figure rising from 25 in 2014 to 30 in 2015.
  • Additions to the Cooperation and Assistance Database – On 22 December 2015, Cuba submitted offers of, and requests for, assistance to the Implementation Support Unit. These offers and requests have been accordingly logged in the Cooperation and Assistance Database. The updated offers of assistance are available here, while the updated requests for assistance are available to States Parties on the restricted area of this website.
  • On Tuesday, 15 December 2015 the University of Bradford launched a Guide, titled ‘Preventing Biological Security Threats: What You Can Do’, and a ‘Biological Security Education Handbook: The Power of Team-Based Learning’, jointly funded by the UK and Canada under the Global Partnership. Further information is available here.
  • Implementation in Action: Contributions of ASEAN Scientists and Scientific Organizations to the BWC – The ASEAN Academies of Science together with the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (US-NAS) and the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW) have been involved in a number of important meetings on biosecurity in the ASEAN region during the past years. US-NAS and KNAW are organising a one day-long pre-conference workshop on Sunday 13 December to showcase the biosecurity-related developments of the ASEAN. This preconference has the following aims: 1) To present biosecurity-related activities organised by ASEAN scientific organizations in the region; 2) To give scientists and Academies’ officials from ASEAN countries the opportunity to become acquainted with the BWC; 3) To explore how life scientists and Academies, particularly from the ASEAN region, can contribute to the preparation of the Eighth Review Conference of the BWC. A select number of Asian, European and American scientific experts as well as prominent representatives from government and other relevant institutions has pledged a contribution. The agenda of the preconference is available here. Those interested in attending should inform Dr. Jo Husbands (jhusband@nas.edu) and Dr. Koos van der Bruggen (jjgvanderbruggen@ziggo.nl) before 10 December.
  • Chairman briefs regional groups – BWC Chairman, Ambassador Mazlan Muhammad of Malaysia, briefed the Western Group (10.00) and the Eastern European Group (11.30) on 19 November 2015 and the Group of NAM and Other States (10.30) on 20 November 2015. His comments are available here.
  • European Union adopts position on the Eighth BWC Review Conference – On 16 November 2015, the Council of the European Union adopted “Council Decision (CFSP) 2015/2096 on the position of the European Union relating to the Eighth Review Conference of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction (BTWC)”. The Decision is available here.
  • A report on the Meeting of Experts 2015 – A report from the Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons has been published on the 2015 Meeting of Experts.
  • First Committee approves BWC resolution – On 3 November 2015, the First Committee (Disarmament and International Security) of the United Nations General Assembly approved a resolution on the BWC which had been introduced by Hungary. The text of the resolution is available here in all official UN languages.
  • Handbook by the FBI-CDC: The US Department of Justice issued the international edition of The 2015 FBI-CDC Criminal and Epidemiological Investigations Handbook. It is a reference publication for law enforcement, public health, and first responders which highlights resources and strategies for maximizing communication and interaction during a joint response to a biological incident.
  • Letter from the Chairman – On 19 October 2015, the Chairman, Ambassador Muhammad of Malaysia, wrote to States Parties to outline the preparations for the Meeting of States Parties in December. Annexed to the Chairman’s letter are a Synthesis paper and a 2015 MSP provisional programme of work.
  • Article by the US National Institute of Health (NIH) – On 25 September 2015, the NIH issued a press release on Article X -related developments: NIH commits $36M to train junior faculty in Africa
  • Letter from the ISU Chief for MSP 2015 Sponsorship Programme – On 11 September 2015, a letter for the Sponsorship Programme for the Meeting of States Parties 2015 (MSP 2015) has been sent to the States Parties, Signatory States and States not party by the Chief of the Implementation Support Unit.
  • Video message about the BWC – UN Messenger for Peace Michael Douglas has recorded a video message about the BWC in its 40th anniversary year. The video is available here. The video was shown on 10 August to participants in the 2015 BWC Meeting of Experts.
  • Workshop – an introduction to the BWC – On Monday 3 August, the BWC ISU and the Geneva Centre for Security Policy (GCSP) organized a half-day workshop on the BWC. The workshop was aimed at national delegates based in Geneva who would be participating in this year’s BWC meetings who are either new to Geneva or who are less familiar with the BWC and its implementation. The workshop was modelled on similar events co-organized by the ISU that took place in previous years. The invitation is available. The programme of the event, the presentation by the ISU, the presentation by Scott Spence from VERTIC and the presentation by Jean-Pascal Zanders are hereby available.
  • Informal meeting co-hosted by the BWC ISU and UNIDIR – An informal meeting on “Implications and Lessons Learned From the Ebola Virus Disease Outbreak for the Biological Weapons Convention” will be co-hosted by the BWC ISU and UNIDIR on 7 August 2015 at the Palais des Nations. The Announcement letter and the Revised Agenda of the meeting are available. A summary report of the meeting published by UNIDIR is available here.
  • Chairman briefs regional groups – BWC Chairman, Ambassador Mazlan Muhammad of Malaysia, briefed the Group of NAM and Other States (10.30) on 29 June 2015 and the Eastern European Group (10.00) and the Western Group (11.00) on 2 July 2015. His comments are available here.
  • Denmark publishes biosecurity handbook – The Danish Centre for Biosecurity and Biopreparedness (CBB) has published a handbook for establishing a national biosecurity system, based on Danish experience since 2008. The handbook, entitled “An Efficient and Practical Approach to Biosecurity” was created by the CBB as an aid to those countries that are still in the process of creating their own national biosecurity system. The handbook and supplementary material can be found here.
  • Letter from the ISU Chief for MX 2015 – On 23 June 2015, a letter for the Meeting of Experts 2015 (MX 2015) has been sent to the States Parties and Signatory States by the Chief of the Implementation Support Unit. The letter is accompanied by an aide-mémoire with detailed information on registration for States Parties, Observer States, Intergovernmental Organizations and Non-Governmental Organizations.
  • Advances in Design and Use of Microbial Production Systems: A Workshop for the BWC Community – will be organized in Geneva on 9 August 2015 by the Biosecurity Working Group of IAP – The Global Network of Science Academies and the U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. See the preliminary programme for more details and contact Katie Bowman at kbowman@nas.edu if you would like to attend.
  • A report on the Biological Weapons Convention 40th Anniversary Event – The Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons has published a report on the 40th Anniversary event
  • Second letter from the Chairman – On 27 May, the Chairman, Ambassador Muhammad of Malaysia, wrote to States Parties to outline the preparations for the Meeting of Experts in August. Annexed to the letter is a provisional programme of work for the Meeting.
  • 2015 CBMs have been posted – Submissions received to date under the BWC’s system of Confidence-Building Measures (CBMs) have been published on the BWC website. The submissions made available cover calendar year 2014. CBMs are accessible to BWC States Parties in the restricted area of the BWC website, and CBMs which the submitting State Party has consented to being made available publicly are here.
  • Updated English-language CBM guide – An updated English language version of the “Guide to Participating in the Confidence-building Measures of the Biological Weapons Convention” is available here. This guide has been prepared with the support of the European Union in order to provide practical advice and guidance to officials responsible for preparing CBM submissions. Versions are also available here in the other official UN languages. It is hoped that this guide will promote participation in the CBMs and enhance the quality of the information submitted.
  • A report on the 2014 Meeting of States Parties – The Harvard Sussex Program on Chemical and Biological Weapons has published a report on the 2014 MSP.
  • Fortieth anniversary of BWC entry into force – today, 26 March 2015, marks the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the BWC. The occasion has been marked by several high-level statements, including by the UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, the Foreign Ministry of the Russian Federation, the EU High Representative/Vice-President Federica Mogherini, by the African Union and a blog post by US Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and International Security, Rose Gottemoeller.
  • Andorra accedes to the BWC – The US Department of State has informed the ISU that Andorra deposited its instrument of accession to the BWC at the US Consulate in Barcelona on 27 February 2015. The BWC entered into force for Andorra upon receipt of the instrument in Washington, DC on 2 March 2015. As of this date, Andorra is therefore the 173rd State Party to the Convention. 
  • Chairman briefs regional groups – on Monday 16 March, the 2015 BWC Chairman, Ambassador Mazlan Muhammad of Malaysia, briefed the Group of NAM and Other States (09:00), the Eastern European Group (10.00) and the Western Group (11.00). His comments covered the approach to work in 2015, building on the work from 2012-14, promoting effective action, strengthening Article VII, the Meeting of Experts and ISU staffing.
  • BWC 40th anniversary commemorative event – On 30 March 2015 in the Council Chamber in the Palais des Nations in Geneva a commemorative event will take place to mark the 40th anniversary of the entry into force of the BWC. An invitation from the Chairman, Ambassador Muhammad of Malaysia, was sent to States Parties, Signatories and States not party to the BWC on 12 March. The invitation for NGOs and others can be found here. A webpage to mark the anniversary is available here where updated information about the commemoration will also be posted.
  • Explanation of position by the Russian Federation – At the request of the Russian Federation, a document entitled “Explanation of Position by the Russian Federation” has been issued as a document of the 2014 Meeting of States Parties. The ISU has added the document to the list of official 2014 MSP documents and it can be found here.
  • BWC on social media – As an extension of this website on the Biological Weapons Convention, the ISU also manages a presence for the Convention on Twitter and Facebook. Neither will replace formal communications with States Parties nor replace this website as the repository of BWC-related information and announcements, but they will be used to amplify items posted here and to raise awareness of the BWC. On Twitter follow @bwcisu and use the hashtag #1972BWC for the Convention, #biodisarm for general items relating to biological disarmament and, for the 2015 meetings, we suggest to use #BWCMX2015 and #BWCMSP2015. For tweets relating to the 40th anniversary of the BWC this year, we suggest #BWC40 and for the Eighth Review Conference next year, we suggest #BWCRC8. On Facebook the page on the BWC can be found at https://www.facebook.com/1972BWC
  • Letter from Chairman – On 11 February the Chairman, Ambassador Muhammad of Malaysia, wrote to States Parties to outline his plans for the year. The letter included a number of specific requests for reflections, insights, and considerations.
  • Mauritania accedes to the BWC – The UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office announced on 4 February 2015 that the Islamic Republic of Mauritania deposited its instrument of accession to the BWC in London on 28 January 2015. As of this date, Mauritania is therefore the 172nd State Party to the Convention. 
  • The ISU is seeking to recruit two new members of the Unit – a P4 Political Affairs Officer for which the application closing date is 26 February and a P3 Political Affairs Officer for which the closing date is 5 March. Please click on the links for further information and the application procedure.
  • ISU updates the “joining the BWC” webpage – The ISU has added more detailed practical information on how States can go about joining the BWC. The webpage now includes information on the relevant provisions of the Convention and on the functions of the Depository Governments. It also includes the contact details for each of the Depository Governments with whom instruments of ratification, accession or succession should be deposited and furthermore includes models of instruments of ratification, accession or succession. The updated webpage can be found via the navigation menu on the left, or here.
  • ISU sends out CBM reminder letter – On 15 January the ISU sent States Parties the annual reminder letter that the deadline for the submission of CBMs to cover 2014 is 15 April 2015. (Please click on the following links to the cover letter and reminder letter).
  • Applications are sought for interns to come and work with the ISU in 2015. A call for applications for internships within the Geneva Branch of the Office for Disarmament Affairs was recently issued. The ISU is housed within the Geneva Branch. Interested individuals are encouraged to apply via https://inspira.un.org/psc/UNCAREERS/EMPLOYEE/HRMS/c/UN_CUSTOMIZATIONS.UN_JOB_DETAIL.GBL?Page=UN_JOB_DETAIL&Action=A&JobOpeningId=38877 The closing date for applications is 22 January 2015.
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