The Seventh Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention was held at the United Nations Office in Geneva from 5 to 22 December 2011. The Conference concluded on 22 December 2011 with the adoption of its Final Document.
The Preparatory Committee for the review conference was held in Geneva from 13-15 April 2011.
Ambassador Paul van den IJssel of the Netherlands was President of the Seventh Review Conference and Chairman of the Preparatory Committee.
Communications from the President, updates on his activities and contact details can be found on the President's page.
Final Document of the Seventh Review Conference
Official Documents of the Conference
Advance Copies of Documents and Papers
Schedule of Side Events
Monday 5 December
13.00-15.00 University of Bradford - Key Points for the Review Conference (Room XXIV)
NOTE: Deferred to Tuesday 13.00- 15.00 (Room XXIV)
13.00-15.00 Partnership for Global Security - Title to be announced (Room XXV)
13:00-15:00 Introduction of the Glass Sculpture exhibition by the United Kingdom and Switzerland
Tuesday 6 December
09.00-10.00 Amy Smithson - Germ Gambits: Lessons for BWC Compliance Drawn from the UNSCOM Inspections in Iraq (Room XXIV)
Germ Gambits: The Bioweapons Dilemma, Iraq and Beyond (Stanford Univ. Press, 2011) presents the history of the biological inspections of the United Nations Special Commission in Iraq, as told by the inspectors themselves. This engaging, analytical historical narrative explains what the biological inspectors knew when and how they knew it as well as how they outmaneuvered the Iraqis and provides the inspectors’ blueprint to “get it right” with regard to the verification challenges associated with the bioweapons ban and the author’s roadmap to address the overall biological threats facing the world today. Smithson will present highlights of the book, focusing on lessons that can enhance confidence in compliance with the BWC.
13.00-15.00 IAP: The Global Network of Science Academies - Report of the Workshop on Trends in Science and Technology Relevant to the BWC
and University of Bradford - Key Points for the Review Conference
13.00-15.00 Netherlands Netherlands Institute of International Relations Clingendael - The Future of Biological Weapons Revisited
In 1991 The Future of Biological Weapons was one of the first books on the efforts to ban biological weapons. The future of Biological Weapons Revisited will be presented by the author of the revised edition, Koos van der Bruggen, and the author of the original edition, Barend ter Haar. Sandwiches and free copies of the book will be served.
Wednesday 7 December
09.00-10.00 Harvard-Sussex Program - Results from Examining the role of Science and Technology reviews in the Biological Weapons Convention
13.00-15.00 Romania/ISU - Advances in biotechnology - a potential source of proliferation of biological agents
13.00-15.00 MJ Lawrence Consulting - CASE STUDY: Expanding the availability of medical countermeasures for biodefense in Europe
Thursday 8 December
09.00-10.00 Center for Nonproliferation Studies - Title to be announced
09.00-10.00 Virtual Biosecurity Center - Enhancing Education and Transparency
13.00-15.00 BWPP - The BioWeapons Monitor 2011 and other 2011 activities
of the BioWeapons Prevention Project
13.00-15.00 USA - United States Biodefense Program
Friday 9 December
09.00-10.00 Stockholm International Peace Research Institute - Addressing Future Challenges to the BTWC in Connection with S&T Developments
13.00-15.00 University of Hamburg - Contributing to the Article X
Debate. Monitoring International Trade in Biological Dual Use Equipment
(with Izaak Wind, former Deputy Director, Tariff and Trade Affairs, of
the World Customs Organization (WCO))
13.00-15.00 USA - United States Assistance Under Article X
Monday 12 December
09:00-10:00 Landau Network–Centro Volta - Implementing Education on Biosecurity and Dual Use: National Experiences and Resources
13.00-15.00 Japan and Switzerland - Dual-use issues and the role of life scientists
Tuesday 13 December
09.00-10.00 USA - International Preparedness and Response
13.00-15.00 Middle East Informal Working Group on Biological Weapons - Title to be announced
13:00 - 15:00 WHO - Title to be announced
Wednesday 14 December
09.00-10.00 Amy Smithson - Global Perspectives on Re-Envisaging the Biological Weapons Convention
The November 2011 edition of the Nonproliferation Review is devoted exclusively to issues salient to the Seventh Review Conference of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. To ensure that a wide range of opinion on issues central to the BWC regime are considered, this special issue features thirteen distinguished international specialists from ten countries around the globe. The panel chair will provide an overview of this special edition of the Nonproliferation Review, with individual panelists summarizing their articles.
Amy E. Smithson, PhD, of the Center for Nonproliferation Studies (guest co-editor for this special edition of the Nonproliferation Review)
- Ursela Jenal, PhD, of Jenal & Partners Biosafety Consulting,
- Ralf Trapp, PhD, consultant
- Filippa Lentzos, PhD, of the London School of Economics and Politics BIOS Centre, and,
- Cindy Vestergaard, PhD, of the Danish Institute for International Studies.
13:00-15:00 VERTIC- 25th anniversary celebration of VERTIC’s founding (plus status of national legislation for BWC implementation and expansion of NIM Programme to cover UNSCR 1540)
13:00-15:00 Texas Tech University- Cost Effective Regulation for the MENA and Asia Region
Thursday 15 December
09.00- 10.00 U.S. National Academies of Science - Biosecurity Challenges of the Global Expansion of High Containment Biological Laboratories - Summary of a Workshop and Report Release
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13.00-15.00 Belgium - Biological Weapon Convention, Biosecurity and the Industry
In June 2011, a seminar entitled "The Biological Weapons Convention, Biosecurity and the Industry – Management of the biological proliferation risk in life sciences institutions" was held in Brussels at the initiative of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Belgian Biosafety Association (BBP). The seminar gathered representatives of government bodies and representatives from pharmaceutical and biotech companies and their sector federations in order to to exchange views on how to manage biological dual-use issues and to look at the complementary role that biorisk management standards can play with regard to the implementation of the BTWC. Introduced by Belgian Ambassador François Roux, Ursula Jenal of Xibios and Jenal & Partners and Frank Meeussen of the Belgian Ministry of Foreign Affairs will present the main lessons learnt from this seminar. The related paper “Setting a Standard For Stakeholdership. Industry Contribution to a Strengthened Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention”, edited by Dr. Jean-Pascal Zanders of the EU Institute for Security Studies will be presented. “
Friday 16 December
09.00 - 10.00 Ferdous International foundation (FIF) and Global Health and Security
Consultants (GHSC) - National Biorisk Management Programme as an effective tool for implementation of BTWC
13.00-15.00 International Council for the Life Sciences - The Biosafety and Biosecurity International Conference Process: Health Security and the BWC
The BBIC Process is a network of individuals from 22 countries aimed at helping develop healthier and more secure communities in the Middle East and North Africa region through encouraging the development of comprehensive national and regional biosafety and biosecurity strategies. The aim of these strategies is to help governments and communities develop the human, physical and legislative capacity and infrastructure to permit effective national preparedness, planning and emergency response to major biological events, be they from natural outbreaks or accidental release, or from an act of warfare or terrorism. Members of the BBIC Process will present and answer questions on the work conducted to date and plans for future actions, and on how this work helps promote the objectives of the BWC.
Monday 19 December
13.00-15.00 Poland - Biosafety and biosecurity: implications of the convergence of biology and chemistry