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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: Hungary

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

Coordinator: Iran (Islamic Republic of)

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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