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Meeting of States Parties (1 - 5 December 2008) - Refinement, Structure & Focus

The 2008 Meeting of States Parties was held in the Palais des Nations from 1 to 5 December 2008. It was chaired by Ambassador Georgi Avramchev of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In accordance with the decision of the Sixth Review Conference, the Meeting of States Parties considered the work of the Meeting of Experts to discuss, and promote common understanding and effective action on:

1. National, regional and international measures to improve biosafety and biosecurity, including laboratory safety and security of pathogens and toxins.

2. Oversight, education, awareness raising, and adoption and/or development of codes of conduct with the aim of preventing misuse in the context of advances in bio-science and bio-technology research with the potential of use for purposes prohibited by the Convention.


Report of the Meeting

The report of the Meeting of States Parties was adopted on Friday 5 December 2008 by consensus:

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Documents, Statements and Other Resources

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BWC/MSP/2008/1 Provisional Agenda for the Meeting of States Parties

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BWC/MSP/2008/2 Provisional Programme of Work for the Meeting of States Parties

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BWC/MSP/2008/3 Report of the Implementation Support Unit - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2008/4 Report of the Chairman on Universalization Activities - Submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2008/5 Report of the Meeting of States Parties

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BWC/MSP/2008/INF.1 Background Information on Scientific and Technological Developments that may be Relevant to the Convention - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2008/INF.2 List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2008/INF.2/Add.1 List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2008/INF.3 List of States Parties

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BWC/MSP/2008/L.1 Synthesis of Considerations, Lessons, Perspectives, Recommendations, Conclusions and Proposals drawn from the Presentations, Statements, Working Papers and Interventions on the Topics under Discussion at the Meeting of Experts - Submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2008/CRP.1 Draft Report of the Meeting of States Parties

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BWC/MSP/2008/MISC.1 Provisional List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2008/WP.1 Dual-Use Awareness and Oversight under the Seventh Framework Programme of the European Community for Research, Technological Development and Demonstration Activities (2007-2013) - Submitted by Austria and Germany on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/MSP/2008/WP.2 Capacity Building and Promotion of International Cooperation in the Field of Biosafety and Biosecurity Submitted by Cuba on behalf of the Group of Non-aligned Movement and Other States

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BWC/MSP/2008/WP.3 IASB Code of Conduct (Draft) - Submitted by Germany

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BWC/MSP/2008/WP.4 Les Initiatives de l’Union Européenne en Soutien a la Mise en Ouvre et a l’Universalisation de la Convention Sur l’Interdiction des Armes Biologiques (CIAB), Y Compris les Aspects de Bio-Securité et Bio-Sureté - Présenté par la France au nom de l’Union Européenne

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BWC/MSP/2008/WP.5 Perspective on Oversight, Codes of Conduct, Education and Awareness Raising - Submitted by Pakistan

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BWC/MSP/2008/WP.6 Preparing the Ground for the CBM Content Debate: What Information Builds Confidence? - Submitted by Switzerland

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In his letters to States Parties, the Chair of the 2008 meetings requested "a brief outline or overview" of national approaches to the topics under consideration "to optimise our use of time". He went on to add that this was not "extra or additional information, or... any kind of reporting requirement" but that the compendium was a tool to enable information generated by meetings of the BWC to be shared in a more efficient manner and more readily accessible to assist States Parties in their preparations for the meetings, during their national activities and in preparation for the Seventh Review Conference and future efforts.

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