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Meeting of States Parties (9-13 December 2013)

The 2013 Meeting of States Parties was held in the Palais des Nations from 9 to 13 December 2013. The meeting opened at 10:00 on Monday 9 December in Room XVIII and closed on Friday 13 December.

The Meeting of States Parties was chaired by Ms. Judit Körömi of Hungary. In accordance with the decision of the Seventh Review Conference, the meeting considered the work of the Meeting of Experts (12-16 August 2013) on the 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).

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BWC/MSP/2013/1 Provisional agenda - submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2013/2 Provisional programme of work - submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2013/3 Report on universalization activities - Submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2013/4 2013 Report of the Implementation Support Unit - submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2013/5 Report of the Meeting of States Parties - submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/MSP/2013/L.1 Synthesis of considerations, lessons, perspectives, recommendations, conclusions and proposals drawn from the presentations, statements, working papers and interventions on the topic under discussion at the Meeting of Experts - submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2013/CRP.1 Draft Report of the Meeting of States Parties

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BWC/MSP/2013/Misc.1 Provisional List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.1 Confidence-building measures: time to redouble efforts for effective action - submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.2 Strengthening Article VII: international cooperation and assistance in preparing for and responding to biological incidents - submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.3 Strengthening national implementation. Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.4 Getting Past Yes: Moving From Consensus Text to Effective Action. Submitted by Australia, Canada, France, Germany, Netherlands, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.5 Establishing a dedicated structure for the review of developments in biological science and technology. Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.6 Confidence-Building Measures: taking discussions on enabling fuller participation forward to the Eighth Review Conference. Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.7 Step-by-step approach in CBM participation. Submitted by Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.7/Corr.1 Step-by-step approach in CBM participation. Submitted by Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.8 Step-by-step approach in CBM participation. Submitted by Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.9 Step-by-step approach in CBM participation. Submitted by Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.10 Step-by-step approach in CBM participation. Submitted by Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2013/WP.11 Step-by-step approach in CBM participation. Submitted by Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2013/INF.1 The Global Partnership Biosecurity Sub-Working Group in 2013: report of meetings held under the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland presidency. Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2013/INF.2 International activities of the Government of Canada related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention: update 2013 - submitted by Canada

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BWC/MSP/2013/INF.3 Report on Germany’s Implementation of Article X. Submitted by Germany

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BWC/MSP/2013/INF.4 Assistance and cooperation. Submitted by the European Union

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BWC/MSP/2013/INF.5 Report on cooperation and Assistance under Article X of the Convention. Submitted by Iraq

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BWC/MSP/2013/INF.6 List of participants

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Working Papers from the Meeting of Experts


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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Registration for the meeting is now open. All those wishing to attend the meeting must be properly registered. The registration procedure differs for States Parties, signatories, states not party, international organizations and NGOs. Please follow the steps in the appropriate category below. All registration letters, notes verbales, forms, and any other correspondence or enquiries should be addressed to the Implementation Support Unit.

To avoid delays, please register no later than Monday 2 December 2013.

Security identification badges are required for entry into the Palais des Nations. Staff of permanent missions and international organizations in Geneva already have badges, but others will need to complete and submit the online registration form so that a badge can be issued for the duration of the meeting. (If you have trouble using the online registration form, you can download and print out a paper form here.)

Badges can be collected from the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais (see map) from 8 am on Monday 9 December 2013. When you come to collect your badge, please bring photo identification (such as a passport) and a copy of your completed registration form.


States Parties

Please note that formal credentials are not required for the meeting.

To register, your permanent mission should send a letter or note verbale to the Implementation Support Unit stating that your country will participate in the conference. Please clearly indicate the head of the delegation, list the names and titles of the members of your delegation as you would like them to appear in the official list of participants, and note the gender of the delegates. Please also complete an online registration form for each member of the delegation who will require a security badge (that is, members of the delegation who are not staff of your permanent mission in Geneva).

Signatories

To register, your permanent mission should send a letter or note verbale to the Implementation Support Unit stating that your country will participate in the conference. Please clearly indicate the head of the delegation, list the names and titles of the members of your delegation as you would like them to appear in the official list of participants, and note the gender of the delegates. Please also complete an online registration form for each member of the delegation who will require a security badge (that is, members of the delegation who are not staff of your permanent mission in Geneva). Formal credentials are not required for signatories.

Observer States

States which are neither parties nor signatories to the BWC may apply to participate in the conference as observers. Your permanent mission should write to the Implementation Support Unit stating your country's wish to apply for observer status. Please clearly indicate the head of the delegation, list the names and titles of the members of your delegation as you would like them to appear in the official list of participants, and note the gender of the delegates. Please also complete an online registration form for each member of the delegation who will require a security badge (that is, members of the delegation who are not staff of your permanent mission in Geneva).

Observer status is granted by the decision of the conference. The conference will consider and decide on all requests for observer status during its opening session.

International Organizations

International intergovernmental organizations may apply to participate in the meeting as observer agencies. Please write to the Implementation Support Unit stating your organization's wish to apply for observer agency status, and listing the names and titles of the members of your delegation as you would like them to appear in the official list of participants. Please clearly indicate the head of delegation. Please also complete an online registration form for any member of the delegation who will require a security badge.

Observer agency status is granted by the decision of the conference. The conference will consider and decide on all requests for observer agency status during its opening session.

Non-Governmental Organizations and Academic Institutions

NGOs and academic institutions may register to attend public sessions of the meeting. Please write to the Implementation Support Unit on the official letterhead of your organization, stating your organization's intention to attend and listing the names and titles of the representatives who will attend. Additional Information for NGO Participants will also be available. Please also complete an online registration form for each representative.

Please note that NGOs may only attend public sessions of the meeting.


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