Biological Weapons Convention concludes 2015 meeting

The United Nations office at Geneva has concluded the 2015 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting of Experts that took place last week.

This meeting focused on the review of science and technology advancements within fields pertinent to the scope of the convention and measures that would increase assistance and cooperation between member states. Measures and ideas of how national implementation could be improved and what measures could be taken to enhance Article VII of the convention were also discussed. This article contains procedures to assist states that have been impacted by a convention violation. 

"I think it is fair to say that we have had a focused, positive and constructive meeting," Ambassador Mazlan Muhammad of Malaysia, acting as chairman for the meeting, said. "We have heard a huge range of material relating to our three standing agenda items and the biennial item. I am glad that delegations have taken on board my encouragement to consider the ‘effective action’ part of our mandate.” 

Approximately 400 participants were in attendance, representing 100 countries. Representatives were made up of governmental and United Nations officials, international organization officials, academic institutions and private-sector companies and organizations.

The BWC is an international treaty that bans the use of biological agents and weapons.

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