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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. 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-Bissau
  44. Guyana
  45. Honduras
  46. India
  47. Indonesia
  48. Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  49. Iraq
  50. Jamaica
  51. Jordan
  52. Kenya
  53. Kuwait
  54. Lao People’s Democratic Republic
  55. Lebanon
  56. Lesotho
  57. Libyan Arab Jamahiriya
  58. Madagascar
  59. Malawi
  60. Malaysia
  61. Maldives
  62. Mali
  63. Marshall Islands
  64. Mauritania
  65. Mauritius
  66. Mexico
  67. Mongolia
  68. Morocco
  69. Mozambique
  70. Myanmar
  71. Nauru
  72. Nicaragua
  73. Niger
  74. Nigeria
  75. Oman
  76. Palau
  77. Pakistan
  78. Panama
  79. Papua New Guinea
  80. Paraguay
  81. Peru
  82. Philippines
  83. Qatar
  84. Rwanda
  85. Saint Kitts and Nevis
  86. Saint Lucia
  87. Saint Vincent and the Grenadines
  88. Sao Tome and Principe
  89. Saudi Arabia
  90. Senegal
  91. Seychelles
  92. Sierra Leone
  93. Singapore
  94. Solomon Islands
  95. South Africa
  96. Sri Lanka
  97. Sudan
  98. Suriname
  99. Swaziland
  100. Thailand
  101. Timor Leste
  102. Togo
  103. Tonga
  104. Trinidad and Tobago
  105. Tunisia
  106. Uganda
  107. United Arab Emirates
  108. Uruguay
  109. Vanuatu
  110. Venezuela
  111. Viet Nam
  112. Yemen
  113. Zambia
  114. 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