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.
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
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
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.
Advance version of documents
Communications from the Chairman
Information for participants
The Implementation Support Unit will produce a series of informal documents to assist with participating in the Meeting of States Parties. The majority of information required by anyone taking part in the meeting can be found in the Aide Memoire, including: registration and accreditation; issuance of security badges; getting to and from the meeting; additional meetings; facilities for participants; documentation; as well as sources of additional information. Perhaps also of use, are a map of the Palais des Nations, information on hotel prices in Geneva (including details of discounts for participants in meetings in the UN), and details of how to get free public transport in Geneva.
A guide on Additional Information for NGO Participants provides details tailored to the requirements of the many different types of professional, academic, scientific, advocacy and civil society organizations that attend BWC meetings. It includes: rules of procedure; practical considerations; registering and accreditation; issuance of security badges; attending meetings; facilities for NGOs; documentation; poster session; NGO statements; NGO side events; as well as sources of additional information.
A guide on Additional Information for Guests of the Meeting provides details tailored to the requirements of the organizations that have been specifically invited to participate by the Chair. It includes: rules of procedure; practical considerations; registering and accreditation; attending and contributing to meetings; facilities for guests; documentation; poster session; side events; as well as sources of additional information.
A guide on Additional Information for Poster Sessions provides details to assist those interested in displaying posters in the poster sessions. It includes information on: when and where such sessions will take place; formats and sizes; logistics; mounting instructions; as well as some more detailed design suggestions
Statements & Presentations
Monday 12 August - Afternoon Session
Friday 16 August - Morning 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)
- Switzerland (Strengthening national implementation: Compliance)
- Japan (How to enable fuller participation in the CBMs)