The 2014 Meeting of Experts was held in the Palais des Nations from 4 to 8 August 2014. The meeting opened at 10:00 on Monday 4 August in Room XVIII and closed on Friday 8 August.
Informal, indicative schedule
The Meeting of States Parties was chaired by Ambassador Urs Schmid of Switzerland. In accordance with the decision of the Seventh Review Conference, the meeting 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 strengthen implementation of Article VII.
BWC/MSP/2014/MX/3 Report of the Meeting
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.
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
All Meeting of Experts side events are listed on the side event flyer
. Additional side event information and documents can be posted here upon request from the organizers.
Tuesday 5 Aug
Global Health Security Agenda
The presentation slides
are available, along with the agenda
Strengthening the BWC through a legally binding instrument
The related statement
has been made available.
Wednesday 6 Aug
Can we Learn from History?
Related publications are available at the following link
Developments in Science & Technology Relevant to the BWC
of the event and the following presentations from the event are available:
The National Academy of Sciences Report
IAP summary of Workshop
Synthetic Biology and Biosecurity
Thursday 7 Aug
Biosecurity education: toward an integrated approach
, presentation slides (Part 1
, Part 2
, Part 3
, Part 4
, Part 5
), key messages
, and key points
documents have been made available.