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.
Sixth Review Conference (20 November - 8 December 2006)
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)
The 2004 Meeting of States Parties was chaired by Peter Goosen of South Africa. It met to discuss, and promote common understanding and effective action on mechanisms for the surveillance, detection, diagnosis and combating of infectious diseases affecting humans, animals, and plants, as well as capabilities for responding to, investigating and mitigating the effects of cases of alleged use of biological or toxin weapons or suspicious outbreaks of disease. It was well attended by 89 States Parties, 5 Signatory States, 2 Observer States, 4 international organizations and 14 non-governmental organizations.
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)