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Meeting of Experts (4-8 August 2014)

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The 2014 Meeting of Experts will be held in the Palais des Nations from 4 to 8 August 2014. The meeting will open at 10:00 on Monday 4 August in Room XVIII and is expected to close on Friday 8 August.

The Meeting of States Parties will be chaired by Ambassador Urs Schmid of Switzerland. In accordance with the decision of the Seventh Review Conference, the meeting will consider 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 strengthen implementation of Article VII.

Temporary report files
An advance copy of the Chair's Annex is now available.

Informal, indicative schedule
This informal, rolling, detailed indicative schedule combines details from the programme of work, with up-to-date information on side events, suggested panels for guests of the meeting, as well as a slot for the poster session. As additional information becomes available we will include proposed and confirmed contributions from States, international organizations and guests of the meeting. A condensed table-form summary of the informal, rolling, detailed indicative schedule is also available.


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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/1 Provisional Agenda




BWC/MSP/2014/MX/2 Provisional Programme of Work for the Meeting of Experts




BWC/MSP/2014/MX/INF.1 International organizations that may be involved in the provision of and coordination of assistance relevant to Article VII - Submitted by the Implementation Support





BWC/MSP/2014/MX/INF.1/Add.1 International organizations that may be involved in the provision of and coordination of assistance relevant to Article VII - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit




BWC/MSP/2014/MX/INF.2 Previous agreements and understandings under the Convention relevant to strengthening the implementation of Article VII, including consideration of detailed procedures and mechanisms for the provision of assistance and cooperation by States Parties - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit




BWC/MSP/2014/MX/INF.3 Advances in science and technology related to the Convention - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit





BWC/MSP/2014/MX/INF.3/Corr.1 Advances in science and technology related to the Convention - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit




BWC/MSP/2014/MX/INF.4 Background information on continuing challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance, and exchange - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit




BWC/MSP/2014/MX/INF.4/Corr.1 Background information on continuing challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance, and exchange - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit





BWC/MSP/2014/MX/INF.5 Report on USA implementation of Article X of the Biological
and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by the United States of America


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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/INF.6 List of Participants


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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.1 Making Article VII Effective - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.2 Advances in Science and Technology: Understanding Pathogenicity and Virulence - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.3 Focusing Efforts to Strengthen Article VII: A proposed agenda for 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/2014/MX/WP.4 Advances in science and technology:
Evasion of the host immune response by pathogens - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.5 Responding to a case of suspect biological weapons use:
The command and control element at the scene - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.6 Aplicación nacional de la Convención sobre las Armas
Biológicas: Una herramienta para la evaluación de las
instalaciones con agentes biológicos (English unofficial translation included) - Submitted by Chile, Colombia, Spain and Mexico

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.7 The United States of America Government oversight of life
sciences dual use research of concern - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.7/Corr.1 The United States of America Government policy for oversight of life sciences dual use research of concern (DURC) - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.8 Strengthening national implementation:
elements of an effective national export control system - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.8/Rev.1 Strengthening national implementation:
elements of an effective national export control system - Submitted by Australia, Canada, Germany, France, Japan, Netherlands, Spain and the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.8/Corr.1 Corrigendum to Strengthening national implementation:
elements of an effective national export control system - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.9 Article VII – Procedures - Submitted by South Africa

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.10 A Response to BWC/MSP/2012/WP.11: “We Need to Talk about Compliance” - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.11 National implementation of the Biological Weapons
Convention - Submitted by Submitted by Australia, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea
and Thailand

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.12 Exercice pilote de revue par les pairs tenu du 4 au 6
décembre 2013 à Paris (Informal English translation attached, "Peer review pilot exercise held from 4 to 6 December 2013 in Paris") - Submitted by France

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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.13 Pistes de travail sur la mise en œuvre de l’article VII
dans le cadre de la CIAB (Informal English translation attached, "Avenues for action on implementing Article VII under the BTWC") - Submitted by France

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Additional official documents will be added here when they become available; please also consult the advance version section below.



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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 Wednesday 30 July.

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 4 August. 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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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

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[For some statements, no circulated copies of the text were available for scanning. Please send a copy to the BWC ISU should you wish to make your statement available online.]


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