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Disarmament

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: Estonia

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

Coordinator: Iran

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

Western Group (WG)

Coordinator: Australia

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

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