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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. Côte d'ivoire
  27. Cuba
  28. Democratic People’s Republic of Korea
  29. Democratic Republic of the Congo
  30. Dominica
  31. Dominican Republic
  32. Ecuador
  33. El Salvador
  34. Equatorial Guinea
  35. Ethiopia
  36. Fiji
  37. Gabon
  38. Gambia
  39. Ghana
  40. Grenada
  41. Guatemala
  42. Guinea-Bissau
  43. Guyana
  44. Honduras
  45. India
  46. Indonesia
  47. Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  48. Iraq
  49. Jamaica
  50. Jordan
  51. Kenya
  52. Kuwait
  53. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  54. Lebanon
  55. Lesotho
  56. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  57. Madagascar
  58. Malawi
  59. Malaysia
  60. Maldives
  61. Mali
  62. Marshall Islands
  63. Mauritania
  64. Mauritius
  65. Mexico
  66. Mongolia
  67. Morocco
  68. Mozambique
  69. Myanmar
  70. Nauru
  71. Nicaragua
  72. Niger
  73. Nigeria
  74. Oman
  75. Palau
  76. Pakistan
  77. Panama
  78. Papua New Guinea
  79. Paraguay
  80. Peru
  81. Philippines
  82. Qatar
  83. Rwanda
  84. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  85. Saint Lucia
  86. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  87. Sao Tome and Principe
  88. Saudi Arabia
  89. Senegal
  90. Seychelles
  91. Sierra Leone
  92. Singapore
  93. Solomon Islands
  94. South Africa
  95. Sri Lanka
  96. Sudan
  97. Suriname
  98. Swaziland
  99. Thailand
  100. Timor Leste
  101. Togo
  102. Tonga
  103. Trinidad and Tobago
  104. Tunisia
  105. Uganda
  106. United Arab Emirates
  107. Uruguay
  108. Vanuatu
  109. Venezuela
  110. Viet Nam
  111. Yemen
  112. Zambia
  113. 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