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For Press Releases since 2006, see the pages for the individual meetings.
Sixth Review Conference (20 November - 8 December 2006)
The Sixth Review Conference was presided over by Ambassador Masood Khan of Pakistan. It was attended by 103 States Parties, 10 Signatory States, 1 Observer State, 7 international organizations and 33 non-governmental organizations. In addition to reviewing the operation of the Convention and relevant scientific and technological developments, the Review Conference wrapped up the 2003 – 2005 Intersessional Process, created the 2007 – 2010 Intersessional Process, established an Implementation Support Unit, updated annual exchanges of information and agreed a plan of action on the promotion of universalization.
Sixth Review Conference Preparatory Committee (26-28 April 2006)
Meeting of States Parties in 2005 (5 – 9 December 2005)
Meeting of Experts in 2005 (13 – 24 June 2005)
Meeting of States Parties in 2004 (6 – 10 December 2004)
Meeting of Experts in 2004 (19 – 30 July 2004)
Meeting of States Parties in 2003 (10 – 14 November 2003)
Meeting of Experts in 2003 (18-29 August 2003)
Fifth Review Conference (11 – 22 November 2002)
Fifth Review Conference (19 November – 7 December 2001
The Fifth Review Conference held two sessions, an original in 2001 and a resumed in 2002. Both were presided over by Ambassador Tibor Toth of Hungary. The original session was suspended by the President when it became apparent that there were significant differences in oppinion as to how best to move the Convention forward. It was attended by 91 States Parties, 4 Signatory States, 2 Observer States, 2 international organizations and 18 non-governmental organizations.
Fifth Review Conference Preparatory Committee (25 – 27 April 2001)