BWC Press Releases
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.
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)
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.
The 2004 Meeting of Experts 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 87 States Parties, 4 Signatory States, 2 Observer States, 4 international organizations and 11 non-governmental organizations.
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
Fifth Review Conference Preparatory Committee (25 – 27 April 2001)