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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: Latvia

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

Coordinator: Venezuela

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  1. Afghanistan
  2. Algeria
  3. Angola
  4. Antigua and Barbuda
  5. Bahamas
  6. Bahrain
  7. Bangladesh
  8. Barbados
  9. Belize
  10. Benin
  11. Bhutan
  12. Bolivia
  13. Botswana
  14. Brazil
  15. Brunei Darussalam
  16. Burkina Faso
  17. Burundi
  18. Cambodia
  19. Cameroon
  20. Cape Verde
  21. Chile
  22. China
  23. Colombia
  24. Congo
  25. Cook Islands
  26. Costa Rica
  27. Côte d'ivoire
  28. Cuba
  29. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  30. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  31. Dominica
  32. Dominican Republic
  33. Ecuador
  34. El Salvador
  35. Equatorial Guinea
  36. Ethiopia
  37. Fiji
  38. Gabon
  39. Gambia
  40. Ghana
  41. Grenada
  42. Guatemala
  43. Guinea
  44. Guinea-Bissau
  45. Guyana
  46. Honduras
  47. India
  48. Indonesia
  49. Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  50. Iraq
  51. Jamaica
  52. Jordan
  53. Kenya
  54. Kuwait
  55. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  56. Lebanon
  57. Lesotho
  58. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  59. Madagascar
  60. Malawi
  61. Malaysia
  62. Maldives
  63. Mali
  64. Marshall Islands
  65. Mauritania
  66. Mauritius
  67. Mexico
  68. Mongolia
  69. Morocco
  70. Mozambique
  71. Myanmar
  72. Nauru
  73. Nicaragua
  74. Niger
  75. Nigeria
  76. Oman
  77. Palau
  78. Pakistan
  79. Panama
  80. Papua New Guinea
  81. Paraguay
  82. Peru
  83. Philippines
  84. Qatar
  85. Rwanda
  86. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  87. Saint Lucia
  88. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  89. Sao Tome and Principe
  90. Saudi Arabia
  91. Senegal
  92. Seychelles
  93. Sierra Leone
  94. Singapore
  95. Solomon Islands
  96. South Africa
  97. Sri Lanka
  98. Sudan
  99. Suriname
  100. Swaziland
  101. Thailand
  102. Timor Leste
  103. Togo
  104. Tonga
  105. Trinidad and Tobago
  106. Tunisia
  107. Uganda
  108. United Arab Emirates
  109. Uruguay
  110. Vanuatu
  111. Venezuela
  112. Viet Nam
  113. Yemen
  114. Zambia
  115. 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