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The Seventh Review Conference decided that how to strengthen implementation of Article VII, including consideration of detailed procedures and mechanisms for the provision of assistance and cooperation by States Parties would be one of two Biennial Agenda Items to be addressed during the 2012–2015 intersessional programme. In accordance with the decision of the Seventh Review Conference, this particular item was considered at the Meetings of Experts and Meetings of States Parties in 2014 and 2015.


Below are the working papers and presentations submitted on these particular topics during the 2012-2015 intersessional programme.

2012 Meeting of States Parties


BWC/MSP/2012/WP.7 The intersessional process: comments and proposals - submitted by South Africa
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2013 Meeting of States Parties

BWC/MSP/2013/WP.2 Strengthening Article VII: international cooperation and assistance in preparing for and responding to biological incidents - submitted by the United States of America
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2014 Meeting of Experts


BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.1 Making Article VII Effective - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.3 Focusing Efforts to Strengthen Article VII: A proposed agenda for international cooperation and assistance in preparing for and responding to biological incidents - Submitted by the United States of America
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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.5 Responding to a case of suspect biological weapons use: The command and control element at the scene - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.9 Article VII – Procedures - Submitted by South Africa
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BWC/MSP/2014/MX/WP.13 Pistes de travail sur la mise en œuvre de l’article VII dans le cadre de la CIAB (Informal English translation attached, "Avenues for action on implementing Article VII under the BTWC") - Submitted by France
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2014 Meeting of States Parties


BWC/MSP/2014/WP.1Article VII: Analysis of existing resources and gaps, and recommendations for future actions - Submitted by the United States of America
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BWC/MSP/2014/WP.1/Corr.1 English

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.1/ADD.1/Corr.1 Article VII: Analysis of existing resources and gaps and recommendations for future actions, submitted by Columbia, Greece, Italy, Lithuania, New Zealand, Norway, Republic of Korea, Slovenia, Switzerland, Turkey and the United States of America
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BWC/MSP/2014/WP.1/ADD.1/Corr.2 English

BWC/MSP/2014/WP.7 Perspectives on Article VII - Submitted by South Africa
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BWC/MSP/2014/WP.9 Exercise and training for investigations of alleged use of biological weapons with special consideration of the functional subunits approach (Berlin, 10-19 November 2014) - submitted by Germany
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2015 Meeting of Experts


BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.1 - Making Article VII Effective: Some core assumptions and key questions - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.2 - Making Article VII Effective: Relevant lessons and follow-up action from the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.7 - Proposal for establishment of a database for assistance in the framework of Article VII of the BWC. Submitted by France and India
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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.10- Implementation of Article VII. Submitted by South Africa
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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.11- Reviewing developments in science and technology: Parameters and considerations for a dedicated process. Submitted by Switzerland
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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.22- Consideraciones de Cuba sobre cómo fortalecer la aplicación del artículo VII, incluida la consideración de procedimientos y mecanismos detallados para la prestación de asistencia y la cooperación de los Estados partes. Submitted by Cuba
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