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This page contains information for press and media interested in the Biological Weapons Convention and its meetings. It includes links to past press releases. For more information on accreditation and UN Press Services in Geneva please read the News & Media section.

For Press Releases since 2006, see the pages for the individual meetings.

Show details for Sixth Review Conference (20 November - 8 December 2006)Sixth Review Conference (20 November - 8 December 2006)

Show details for Sixth Review Conference Preparatory Committee (26-28 April 2006)Sixth Review Conference Preparatory Committee (26-28 April 2006)

Show details for Meeting of States Parties in 2005 (5 – 9 December 2005)Meeting of States Parties in 2005 (5 – 9 December 2005)

Show details for Meeting of Experts in 2005 (13 – 24 June 2005)Meeting of Experts in 2005 (13 – 24 June 2005)

Show details for Meeting of States Parties in 2004 (6 – 10 December 2004)Meeting of States Parties in 2004 (6 – 10 December 2004)

Show details for Meeting of Experts in 2004 (19 – 30 July 2004)Meeting of Experts in 2004 (19 – 30 July 2004)

Hide details for Meeting of States Parties in 2003 (10 – 14 November 2003)Meeting of States Parties in 2003 (10 – 14 November 2003)

The 2003 Meeting of States Parties was chaired by Ambassador Tibor Toth of Hungary. It met to discuss, and promote common understanding and effective action on national measures to implement the prohibitions set forth in the Convention as well as national mechanisms to establish and maintain the security and oversight of pathogenic microorganisms and toxins. It was well attended by 92 States Parties, 4 Signatory States, 2 Observer States, 2 international organizations and 9 non-governmental organizations.


Show details for Meeting of Experts in 2003 (18-29 August 2003)Meeting of Experts in 2003 (18-29 August 2003)

Show details for Fifth Review Conference (11 – 22 November 2002)Fifth Review Conference (11 – 22 November 2002)

Hide details for Fifth Review Conference (19 November – 7 December 2001Fifth 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.

Show details for Fifth Review Conference Preparatory Committee (25 – 27 April 2001)Fifth Review Conference Preparatory Committee (25 – 27 April 2001)

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