U.N. Meeting of Experts concludes

The United Nations' 2014 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting of Experts concluded on Friday in Geneva.

The meeting, which brought together more than 400 participants from 91 countries, covered a wide range of issues to promote common understanding and effective action regarding the BWC. Topics included cooperation and assistance, the review of scientific and technological advancements related to the BWC and strengthening national implementation.

Expert participants included representatives from government agencies and international organizations including the World Health Organization, the International Committee of the Red Cross, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons and other specialized agencies.

Swiss Ambassador Urs Schmid, who chaired the Meeting of Experts, expressed his approval of the event.

"We have had a focused, positive and constructive meeting," Schmid said. "During the course of this week, we have heard a wide range of perspectives, from a variety of agencies in both developed and developing countries, from international organizations, from professional and scientific associations, from academia and NGOs, and from the private sector."

Schmid said that input from Meeting of Experts participants will contribute to further discussions when the group's report is considered by the 2014 Meeting of State Parties, which will be held in Geneva from Dec. 1-5 of this year.