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Other Organizations and Initiatives Related to the Biological Weapons Convention

The Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) is not the only international forum which addresses the threats posed by biological and toxin weapons. The Health Security approach necessitates close collaboration with other regimes dealing with disease events with natural or accidental origin. The current work programme is bolstered by cooperation and coordination with organizations relevant to the Convention as well as other international instruments.

Related International Instruments

Hide details for The 1925 Geneva ProtocolThe 1925 Geneva Protocol

The Protocol for the Prohibition in the Use in War of Asphyxiating, Poisonous, and other Gases, and of Bacteriological Methods of Warfare (better known as the 1925 Geneva Protocol) opened for signature in 1925 and entered into force in 1929. France is the Depository. The 1925 Geneva Protocol prohibits the use of biological weapons in war but does not cover their use in other types of hostile action. The protocol does not prevent the development, production and stockpiling of these weapons – actions which were undertaken by a number of its member States. Reservations to the protocol permitted certain States bound by its terms to use biological weapons, even in war, under specific circumstances.

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Show details for The Chemical Weapons ConventionThe Chemical Weapons Convention
Show details for United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540

Other organizations, initiatives and fora

Show details for Basel ConventionBasel Convention
Show details for European UnionEuropean Union
Show details for Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO)
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Show details for International Air Transport Association (IATA)International Air Transport Association (IATA)
Show details for International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO)
Show details for International Maritime Organization (IMO)International Maritime Organization (IMO)
Show details for InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP)InterAcademy Panel on International Issues (IAP)
Show details for International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)
Show details for International Council for Science (ICSU)International Council for Science (ICSU)
Show details for International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)International Plant Protection Convention (IPPC)
Show details for International Vaccines Institute (IVI)International Vaccines Institute (IVI)
Show details for InterpolInterpol
Show details for Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD)
Show details for World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)World Organization for Animal Health (OIE)
Show details for Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)Proliferation Security Initiative (PSI)
Show details for ProMED MailProMED Mail
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Show details for United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs (UNODA)
Show details for United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR)
Show details for United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)United Nations Interregional Crime and Justice Research Institute (UNICRI)
Show details for United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP)
Hide details for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Show details for United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC)
Show details for Universal Postal Union (UPU)Universal Postal Union (UPU)
Show details for World Customs Organization (WCO)World Customs Organization (WCO)
Show details for World Health Organization (WHO)World Health Organization (WHO)

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