UNODA launches BWC workshop in Nepal

The United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs recently launched a national workshop on compliance to the Biological Weapons Convention with the government of Nepal to promote international adherence to the BWC.

The workshop was jointly organized by the United Nations Regional Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Asia and the Pacific and the UNODA-Geneva Branch and funded by the European Union. The workshop began on Thursday in Kathmandu, Nepal and will conclude on Friday.

The workshop will attract national stakeholders, policy makers, regional and international BWC experts from across Nepal to discuss the full implementation of the Convention. It is part of a broad national assistance program to advocate for the full implementation of the BWC globally.

The workshop will cover a number of topics regarding BWC implementation, including national facilitation of confidence-building measures, legislation enforcement, increasing awareness and the creation of biosafety and biosecurity standards and codes of conduct. The workshop will allow for discussion, including how to best encourage national compliance based on experiences in regional countries that have already implemented the BWC.

The workshop seeks to devise an action plan for the assistance program in Nepal, its implementation of the convention and the identification of key partners to the nation. Experts from the EU, UNODA, UNRCPD and the Verification Research, Training and Information Centre will also present during the workshop.