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Meeting of Experts (12-16 August 2013)

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The 2013 Meeting of Experts was held in the Palais des Nations from 12 to 16 August 2013. The meeting opened at 10:00 on Monday 12 August in Room XIX and closed at 12.40 on Friday 16 August.

The Meeting of Experts was chaired by Ms. Judit Körömi of Hungary. In accordance with the decision of the Seventh Review Conference, the Meeting of Experts considered three standing agenda items (cooperation and assistance, with a particular focus on strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X; review of developments in the field of science and technology related to the Convention; and strengthening national implementation), as well as the biennial item of how to enable fuller participation in the Confidence-building Measures (CBMs).

Report of the Meeting

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Indicative Schedule

This rolling, detailed indicative schedule combined the information contained in the Chair’s letter of 28 June as well as information provided by States Parties on planned contributions. It was updated and amended as additional information becomes available. The information contained was designed to assist States Parties in their preparations for the meetings and help those participating. For the formal Agenda and Programme of Work, see the Official Documents section.


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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/1 Provisional agenda for the Meeting of Experts

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/2 Provisional programme of work for the Meeting of Experts

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/3 Report of the Meeting of Experts

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/INF.1/Rev.1 Advances in science and technology related to the Convention - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/INF.2 Challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance and exchange - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/INF.3 List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.1 We need to talk about compliance: A response to BWC/MSP/2012/WP.11 - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.2 BWC compliance – a conceptual discussion: preliminary views by Australia - Submitted by Australia

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.3 Confidence-building Measures: next steps to enable fuller participation - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.4 Key Biosecurity-Related Changes Made to the U.S. Select Agent Regulations - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.5 Developments in Science and Technology - Diagnostics - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.6 Identifying and addressing barriers to the emergency sharing of international public health and medical assistance - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.7 Improving participation in the Confidence-Building Measure system - Submitted by Canada

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.8 Advances in science and technology: Vaccine development - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.9 Making the most of the Confidence-building Measures - Submitted by the United States

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.10 Implementation of the BTWC in South Africa - Submitted by South Africa

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.11 Advances in laboratory diagnostics, point of care detection, pathogen characterisation and potential benefits to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by South Africa

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.12 Compliance with the BWC: preliminary considerations by Switzerland - Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.13 Confidence-Building Measures: enabling fuller participation - Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.14 Efforts of China in response to the epidemic of H7N9 avian influenza - Submitted by China (includes informal English translation)

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.15 Assistance and international cooperation and its role in the implementation of the Convention - Submitted by Iraq

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.16 National implementation assessment report of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) - Submitted by France (includes informal English translation)

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.17 Measures for full, effective and non-discriminatory Implementation of the Article X - Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran on behalf of the Group of the Non-aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the BWC

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BWC/MSP/2013/MX/WP.18 Preliminary views on the paper entitled “We need to talk about compliance” - Submitted by Japan

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Monday 12 August - Afternoon Session


Tuesday 13 August - Morning Session
Tuesday 13 August - Afternoon Session
Wednesday 14 August - Morning Session
Wednesday 14 August - Afternoon Session
Thursday 15 August - Morning Session
Thursday 15 August - Afternoon Session
  • Chile (Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention through Phito - Zoosanitary Control)
  • UNSCR 1540 Committee (synergy in the area of non-proliferation and international cooperation for peaceful purposes)
  • VERTIC (Strengthening National Implementation of the BWC)
  • INTERPOL (BioTerrorism Prevention Unit)
  • Australia (Demonstrating Compliance with National Implementation Obligations)
  • Japan (Strengthening National Implementation)

Friday 16 August - Morning Session
  • Switzerland (Strengthening national implementation: Compliance)
  • Japan (How to enable fuller participation in the CBMs)

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