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Meeting of Experts (20-24 August 2007) - Strengthening Barriers Against Biological Weapons

The 2007 Meeting of Experts was held in the Palais des Nations from 20 to 24 August 2007. The meeting was open to all States Parties and signatories to the Biological Weapons Convention. States not party to the BWC and intergovernmental organizations participated in the meeting as observers. Non-governmental organizations attended public sessions of the meeting.

The Meeting of Experts was chaired by Ambassador Masood Khan of Pakistan. In accordance with the decision of the Sixth Review Conference, the Meeting of Experts discussed, and promoted common understanding and effective action on:

1. Ways and means to enhance national implementation, including enforcement of national legislation, strengthening of national institutions and coordination among national law enforcement institutions.

2. Regional and sub-regional cooperation on implementation of the Convention.

Launch of the Implementation Support Unit: The ISU was officially launched at a reception on the frist day of the meeting, at 17:30 on Monday 20 August in the Escargot Bar in the Palais des Nations. For more information see the page on the Launch of the ISU.

Outcome of the Meeting of Experts: The meeting concluded on 24 August by adopting its report by consensus

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/1 Provisional Agenda for the Meeting of Experts

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/2 Provisional Programme of Work for the Meeting of Experts

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/3 Report of the Meeting of Experts

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/3/Corr.1 Report of the Meeting of Experts

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/INF.1 Previous Agreements, Understandings and Proposals on Enhancing National Implementation - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/INF.1/Corr.1 Previous Agreements, Understandings and Proposals on Enhancing National Implementation - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/INF.2 International and Regional Initiatives to Enhance National Implementation of the Convention - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/INF.3 List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/INF.3/Add.1 List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/INF.3/Add.2 List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/INF.4 List of States Parties

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/CRP.1 Draft Report of the Meeting of Experts

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/CRP.2 Considerations, Lessons, Perspectives, Recommendations, Conclusions and Proposals drawn from the Presentations, Statements, Working Papers and Interventions on the Topics under Discussion at the Meeting

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/MISC.1 Provisional List of Participants



BWC/MSP/2007/MX/MISC.2 Implementation of the BTWC in EU Member States - Submitted by Portugal on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.1 European Union Initiatives in Support of the BTWC - Submitted by Portugal on behalf of the European Union

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.2 Two issues in BTWC national implementation: the challenge of intangible technology controls and export licensing enforcement - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.3 Building Capacity to Implement the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: Summary of a VERTIC Project - Submitted by the Netherlands and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.4 The German legislative framework implementing the BTWC - Submitted by the Federal Republic of Germany

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.5 Extraterritorial Application of German Penal Legislation Regarding Activities Related to Biological Weapons - Submitted by the Federal Republic of Germany

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.6 National legislative measures adopted by the Republic of Korea to implement the biological weapons convention - Submitted by the Republic of Korea

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.7 Ways and means to enhance national Implementation, including enforcement of national legislation, strengthening of national institutions and coordination among national law enforcement institutions - Submitted by Japan

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.8 Regional and Sub-Regional Cooperation on Implementation of the Convention - Submitted by Japan

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.9 Surveillance of the research, diagnostics and production activities with pathogenic and genetically modified organisms in Switzerland - Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.10 National data collection processes for CBM submissions - Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.11 Effective enforcement of national legislation - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.12 Increasing the technical expertise of law enforcement agencies to assist counter-proliferation initiatives - Submitted by Australia

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.13 Regional BWC cooperation and international bioterrorism - Submitted by Australia

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.14 Ways and Means to Enhance National Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) in Slovakia - Submitted by Slovakia

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.15 Biosecurity–Protection from the Risks posed by Organisms to the Economy, Environment and People’s Health through Exclusion, Eradication and Control - Submitted by New Zealand

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.16 Law of Ukraine “On the State System for Biosafety in the Development, Trial, Transport and Use of Genetically Modified Organisms” - Submitted by Ukraine

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.17 National Implementation and Regional Cooperation on Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by China

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.18 National Laws and Regulations on Handling and Application of Biological Agents and Toxins - Submitted by Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.19 Experiencia de Cuba en la Implementación de la Convención Sobre Armas Biologicas - Presentado por Cuba

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.20 Compliance with the BTWC - Submitted by Italy

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.21 The Brazilian National Implementation Measures and the Legislative Framework regarding the BTWC - Submitted by Brazil

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BWC/MSP/2007/MX/WP.22 Enhancing EU Co-Operation with Third Countries in the Field of Export Control of Dual-Use Items - Submitted by the Federal Republic of Germany

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