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Recognizing the fundamental importance of enhancing international cooperation, assistance and exchange in biological sciences and technology for peaceful purposes, the Seventh Review Conference decided that the topic of cooperation and assistance, with a particular focus on strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X, would be one of three Standing Agenda Items. These Standing Agenda Items have been addressed at both the Meeting of Experts and Meeting of States Parties that were part of the 2012–2015 intersessional programme. The topics of discussion under this agenda item were:

  • Reports by States Parties on their implementation of Article X, and reports by the ISU on the operation of the database system to facilitate assistance requests and offers
  • Challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance and exchange in the biological sciences and technology, including equipment and material, for peaceful purposes to their full potential, and possible means of overcoming these
  • A range of specific measures for the full and comprehensive implementation of Article X taking into account all of its provisions, including facilitation of cooperation and assistance, including in terms of equipment, materials and scientific and technological information for peaceful purposes, and identification of critical gaps and needs in these areas
  • Ways and means to target and mobilize resources, including financial resources, to address gaps and needs for assistance and cooperation, in particular from developed to developing States Parties, and from international and regional organizations and other relevant stakeholders
  • Education, training, exchange and twinning programmes and other means of developing human resources in the biological sciences and technology relevant to the implementation of the Convention, particularly in developing countries
  • Capacity-building, through international cooperation, in biosafety and biosecurity, and for detecting, reporting, and responding to outbreaks of infectious disease or biological weapons attacks, including in the areas of preparedness, response, and crisis management and mitigation
  • Coordination of cooperation with other relevant international and regional organizations, and other relevant stakeholders.

Below are the working papers and presentations submitted on these particular topics during the 2012-2015 intersessional programme.

2012 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.2 Challenges to developing international cooperation and assistance on biosafety and biosecurity: matching resources to reality - submitted by the United Kingdom
English


BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.3 Cooperation and Assistance - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.7 Dificultades y obstáculos que enfrenta Cuba para la plena aplicación de la CABT y en particular para el desarrollo al máximo de la cooperación, la asistencia y el intercambio internacionales en ciencias biológicas y tecnología, incluidos los equipos y materiales, con fines pacíficos - Presentado por Cuba
Español

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.8 Participation of the Federal Service for Consumer Rights and Human Welfare Protection of the Russian Federation in international cooperation between States Parties BTWC in sharing of knowledge, information, technology, materials and equipment for the fight against infectious diseases and other peaceful purposes - Submitted by the Russian Federation (informal English translation included)
русский

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/WP.9 Information on practical efforts to enhance the BTWC regime undertaken by the Federal Service on Customers’ Rights Protection and Human Well-Being Surveillance of the Russian Federation in 2011-2012 - Submitted by the Russian Federation (informal English translation included)
русский

BWC/MSP/2012/MX/INF.5 Report on USA Implementation of Article X of the Convention

English


BWC/MSP/2012/MX/INF.6 Experiencias de Cuba en la aplicación del artículo X de la CABT

Spanish


BWC/MSP/2012/MX/INF.7 Assistance and Cooperation - Submitted by the European Union

English


BWC/MSP/2012/MX/INF.8 Australia’s Implementation of BWC Article X - Submitted by Australia

English



2012 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.7 The intersessional process: comments and proposals - submitted by South Africa
English

BWC/MSP/2012/WP.10 International cooperation - Submitted by China (informal English translation included)
中文

BWC/MSP/2012/INF.1 International activities of the Government of Canada related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Update 2012 - submitted by Canada

English


2013 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.6 Identifying and addressing barriers to the emergency sharing of international public health and medical assistance - Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.15 Assistance and international cooperation and its role in the implementation of the Convention - Submitted by Iraq
عربي

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.17 Measures for full, effective and non-discriminatory Implementation of the Article X - Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran on behalf of the Group of the Non-aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the BWC
English

BWC/MSP/2013/MX/INF.2 Challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance and exchange - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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2013 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2013/WP.4 Getting Past Yes: Moving From Consensus Text to Effective Action - Submitted by Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2013/WP.9 International Cooperation and Assistance of Japan related to Article X - Submitted by Japan
English

BWC/MSP/2013/INF.2 International activities of the Government of Canada related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: update 2013 - submitted by Canada

English


BWC/MSP/2013/INF.3 Report on Germany’s Implementation of Article X. Submitted by Germany

English


BWC/MSP/2013/INF.4 Assistance and cooperation. Submitted by the European Union

English


BWC/MSP/2013/INF.5 Report on cooperation and Assistance under Article X of the Convention. Submitted by Iraq

English



2014 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2014/MX/INF.5 Report on USA implementation of Article X of the Biological
and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by the United States of America
English

2014 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.4 China's efforts in assisting West African countries combatting Ebola epidemic - submitted by China
Chinese

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.10 Updated Report on Germany's implementation of Article X (with special focus on the German Partnership Programme for Excellence in Biological and Health Security)
English

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.11 International activities of the Government of Canada related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Update 2014
English

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.12 Report on implementation of Article X of the Convention. Submitted by India
English

BWC/MSP/2014/INF.5 Update on Australia's Implementation of BWC Article X
English
2015 Meeting of Experts

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.4 - The United States of America High Containment Laboratory Policy. Submitted by the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.20- Dificultades y obstáculos que enfrenta Cuba para la plena aplicación de la CABT y en particular para el desarrollo al máximo de la cooperación, la asistencia y el intercambio internacionales en ciencias biológicas y tecnología, incluidos los equipos y materiales, con fines pacíficos. Submitted by Cuba.
Español (includes an unofficial English translation)

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.21- Experiencias de Cuba en la aplicación del Artículo X de la CABT. Submitted by Cuba.
Español (Includes an unofficial English translation)

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.23- Ofrecimientos y solicitudes de Cooperación internacional y Asistencia a la Base de Datos de Cooperación Internacional para el Artículo X de la CABT Submitted by Cuba.
Español (includes an unofficial English translation)

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/INF.1 2014 Implementation of BWC Article X (Cooperation and Assistance) - Submitted by Australia
English

BWC/MSP/2015/MX/INF.3 - Background Information on continuing challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance and exchange - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit
English



2015 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.5 - International activities of the Global Partnership against the spread of weapons and materials of mass destruction related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by Canada, Denmark, the European Union, Finland, France, Germany, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America
English

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.7 - International cooperation and assistance of Japan related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (2015) - Submitted by Japan
English

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.7/Corr.1 English

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.8 - Establishing a Non-Proliferation Export Control Regime Under the Framework of the Convention on the Prohibition of the Development, Production and Stockpiling of Bacteriological (Biological) and Toxin Weapons and on Their Destruction - Submitted by China
Chinese (Unofficial English translation annexed)

BWC/MSP/2015/WP.13 - International/national implementation of Article X through transparent and reassurance mechanism - Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran
English

BWC/MSP/2015/INF.1 Report on Implementation of Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
English

BWC/MSP/2015/INF.2 International Activities of the Government of Canada related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Update 2015 - Submitted by Canada
English