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Regional Groups in the Biological Weapons Convention



Similar to many other international instruments and organizations, the States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention have organized themselves into three groups to facilitate their preparations and discussions. The groups include the Eastern European Group (EG), the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and Other States (NAM), and the Western Group (WG).

The membership of these groups differs from those found in other forums, despite the similar names. For example, the Western Group of the BWC has a different membership from the Western European and Others Group (WEOG) of the General Assembly, and the group of NAM and Other States in the BWC includes China, which is not a member of the Non-Aligned Movement or similar groups in other forums.

Each group has a coordinator who speaks on behalf of the group and is responsible for organising and chairing the meetings of that group. The current coordinators and members of each group are listed below:

Eastern European Group (EG)

Coordinator: Kazakhstan

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Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and Other States (NAM)

Coordinator: Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Antigua and Barbuda
  4. Bahamas
  5. Bahrain
  6. Bangladesh
  7. Barbados
  8. Belize
  9. Benin
  10. Bhutan
  11. Bolivia
  12. Botswana
  13. Brazil
  14. Brunei Darussalam
  15. Burkina Faso
  16. Burundi
  17. Cambodia
  18. Cameroon
  19. Cape Verde
  20. Chile
  21. China
  22. Colombia
  23. Congo
  24. Cook Islands
  25. Costa Rica
  26. Cuba
  27. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  28. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  29. Dominica
  30. Dominican Republic
  31. Ecuador
  32. El Salvador
  33. Equatorial Guinea
  34. Ethiopia
  35. Fiji
  36. Gabon
  37. Gambia
  38. Ghana
  39. Grenada
  40. Guatemala
  41. Guinea-Bissau
  42. Guyana
  43. Honduras
  44. India
  45. Indonesia
  46. Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  47. Iraq
  48. Jamaica
  49. Jordan
  50. Kenya
  51. Kuwait
  52. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  53. Lebanon
  54. Lesotho
  55. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  56. Madagascar
  57. Malawi
  58. Malaysia
  59. Maldives
  60. Mali
  61. Marshall Islands
  62. Mauritania
  63. Mauritius
  64. Mexico
  65. Mongolia
  66. Morocco
  67. Mozambique
  68. Myanmar
  69. Nauru
  70. Nicaragua
  71. Niger
  72. Nigeria
  73. Oman
  74. Palau
  75. Pakistan
  76. Panama
  77. Papua New Guinea
  78. Paraguay
  79. Peru
  80. Philippines
  81. Qatar
  82. Rwanda
  83. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  84. Saint Lucia
  85. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  86. Sao Tome and Principe
  87. Saudi Arabia
  88. Senegal
  89. Seychelles
  90. Sierra Leone
  91. Singapore
  92. Solomon Islands
  93. South Africa
  94. Sri Lanka
  95. Sudan
  96. Suriname
  97. Swaziland
  98. Thailand
  99. Timor Leste
  100. Togo
  101. Tonga
  102. Trinidad and Tobago
  103. Tunisia
  104. Uganda
  105. United Arab Emirates
  106. Uruguay
  107. Vanuatu
  108. Venezuela
  109. Viet Nam
  110. Yemen
  111. Zambia
  112. Zimbabwe

Western Group (WG)

Coordinator: Australia

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  1. Andorra
  2. Argentina
  3. Australia
  4. Austria
  5. Belgium
  6. Canada
  7. Cyprus
  8. Denmark
  9. Finland
  10. France
  11. Germany
  12. Greece
  13. Holy See
  14. Iceland
  15. Ireland
  16. Italy
  17. Japan
  18. Liechtenstein
  19. Luxembourg
  20. Malta
  21. Monaco
  22. Netherlands
  23. New Zealand
  24. Norway
  25. Portugal
  26. Republic of Korea
  27. San Marino
  28. Spain
  29. Sweden
  30. Switzerland
  31. Turkey
  32. United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  33. United States of America