Seventh Review Conference ends three weeks session

On Thursday, the Seventh Review Conference to the states parties to the Convention on the Prohibition of Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction ended its three week session.
The conference adopted a final document at the time, which includes a final declaration on the convention's articles and a series of recommendations and decisions.
The declaration retains the previous structures of annual meetings of experts followed by meetings of states parties, establishes a database system to facilitate offers of and requests for the exchange of cooperation and assistance among state parties, adopts revised reporting forms for all confidence building measure submissions, creates a sponsorship program to increase the participation of developing states parties in the intersessional program meetings, requests that states parties promote universalization of the convention through regional and multilateral activities as well as through bilateral contacts, and renews the mandate of the implementation support unit from 2012 to 2016.
Idriss Jazairy, the ambassador of Algeria, was named as president of the intersessional period in 2012. In addition, the conference agreed to hold the next meeting of experts from July 16 to 20 and the next states parties meeting from December 10 to 14. The eighth review conference was scheduled for 2016.
The Biological Weapons Convention prohibits the development, production, transfer, acquisition, stockpiling, retention and use of biological and toxic weapons and is a major effort of the international community's efforts to address the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. The convention opened for signature in 1972 and entered into force in 1975.