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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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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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1 December 2008 (Morning Session)

1 December 2008 (Afternoon Session)

2 December 2008 (Morning Session)

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