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2019 Meeting of States Parties



The 2019 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention was chaired by Ambassador Yann Hwang of France with Ambassador Adrian Vierita of Romania and Ambassador Andreano Erwin of Indonesia as the two Vice-Chairs.

The Meeting of States Parties took place in Room XVII from 3 to 6 December 2019 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva.

The 2018-2020 intersessional programme is intended to discuss, and promote common understanding and effective action on those issues identified for inclusion in the intersessional programme. The work in the intersessional period is guided by the aim of strengthening the implementation of all articles of the Convention in order to better respond to current challenges.

The 2019 Meeting of States Parties considered the factual reports of the Meetings of Experts which took place in July and August 2019, as well as a report from the Chair on universalization activities and the annual report of the Implementation Support Unit. It was also responsible for managing the intersessional programme, including taking necessary measures with respect to budgetary and financial matters by consensus with a view to ensuring the proper implementation of the intersessional programme. The Meeting of States Parties also approved the office-holders for the 2020 BWC Meeting of States Parties and the dates for the BWC meetings to take place in 2020. In addition, the Meeting considered the arrangements for the Ninth BWC Review Conference which is scheduled to take place in 2021.

ADVANCE VERSION

An advance version (English only) of the final report of the 2019 Meeting of States Parties is available here. This is not the official version which will be issued in all official UN languages in a few weeks.


Livestream on UN Web TV

The proceedings of the 2019 BWC Meeting of States Parties are being livestreamed via UN Web TV Please check the UN Web TV homepage for the live video feed and for archived recordings.



Rules of Procedure

All meetings will be subject mutatis mutandis to the rules of procedure of the Eighth Review Conference.

BWC/CONF.VIII/2 - Draft Rules of Procedures adopted at the Eighth Review Conference
(available in all six official UN languages)


Communications from the MSP Chairman

Letter from the Chair about MSP preparations – On 4 September, the Chairman of the Meeting of States Parties (MSP), Ambassador Yann Hwang of France, sent a letter to all States Parties about preparations for the MSP which will take place from 3 to 6 December in Geneva. Drafts of the provisional agenda and the provisional programme of work for the MSP are attached to the letter. A courtesy English translation is also attached.


Information for participants

The majority of information required by participants in the Meetings of States Parties can be found in the Aide Mémoire , including: registration and accreditation; issuance of security badges; getting to and from the meeting; additional meetings; facilities for participants; documentation; as well as sources of additional information.

In order to promote Sustainable Development Goal 5 on gender equality, the Implementation Support Unit strongly encourages all States Parties, Signatory States, States not Party, international organizations and non-governmental organizations to strive for gender balance within their own delegations. (further information on Gender and Disarmament are available on UNIDIR's website).


Registration

All those wishing to attend the Meetings of States Parties must be properly registered. Their names must be included in a note verbale or letter sent to the ISU, as described in the Aide Memoire.

Individuals with a valid security badge issued by the United Nations Office at Geneva (i.e. Members of Permanent Missions based in Geneva) can then proceed directly to the conference room on 3 December.

Individuals who do not have a UNOG security badge (e.g. experts from capital etc) will need to register online and follow the process described there.

All registration letters/note verbales should reach the Implementation Support Unit no later than 22 November 2019.


Taking action on sexual harassment

The organizations of the United Nations system are committed to enabling events at which everyone can participate in an inclusive, respectful and safe environment. UN system events are guided by the highest ethical and professional standards, and all participants are expected to behave with integrity and respect towards all participants attending or involved with any UN system event.

Advancing the Secretary-General’s “zero tolerance” vision, and priority agenda to address sexual harassment in the workplace, a Model Code of Conduct has been developed to prevent harassment, including sexual harassment, at UN system events. The Model Code of Conduct is not a legal document but aims to prevent harassment from occurring at UN system events by sharing expectations of standards of conduct in advance of an event, as well as to support victims by ensuring they are aware that harassment is not tolerated at UN system events and what steps they can take if they are harassed or witness harassment. The Model Code of Conduct applies to all participants of any BWC Meetings.


Official documents

  • BWC/MSP/2019/1 - Provisional agenda for the 2019 Meeting of States Parties - Submitted by the Chairman
  • BWC/MSP/2019/2 - Provisional programme of work - Submitted by the Chairman
  • BWC/MSP/2019/3 - Report on universalization activities - Submitted by the Chairman
  • BWC/MSP/2019/4 - Annual report of the Implementation Support Unit - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit
  • BWC/MSP/2019/5 - Report on the overall financial situation of the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by the Chairman


Final reports of the 2019 Meetings of Experts:

The final reports of the 2019 Meetings of Experts are available in all official UN languages and will be considered by the Meeting of States Parties under agenda item 6:
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.1/2 - Report of the 2019 Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.2/2 - Report of the 2019 Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.3/2 - Report of the 2019 Meeting of Experts on Strengthening National Implementation
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.4/2 - Report of the 2019 Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.5/2 - Report of the 2019 Meeting of Experts on Institutional Strengthening of the Convention


Working papers:
  • BWC/MSP/2019/WP.3 - Report on Germany's Implementation of Article X with a special focus on the "German Biosecurity Programme" - Submitted by Germany
  • BWC/MSP/2019/WP.4 - Investigating alleged use of biological agents against agriculture, livestock and the natural environment: A practical approach - Submitted by Portugal
  • BWC/MSP/2019/WP.5 - Implementation of Articles IV and X of the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by the Republic of Korea



Statements and presentations

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Agenda item 5 - General Debate

Group Statements

National statements

Wednesday 4 December 2019





Agenda Item 6 - Consideration of the factual reports of the Meetings of Experts reflecting their deliberations, including possible outcomes

Statements on MX1


Statements on MX2


Statements on MX3


Thursday 5 December 2019

  • China
  • India
  • UK
  • Cuba
  • Russian Federation
  • Argentina

Statements on MX4


Statements on MX5


Friday 6 December 2019


Side events

If you wish to request a slot in order to organize a side-event, please fill in the online request form at your earliest convenience. Please carefully read the instructions in the form, which contains useful logistical information on how to organize your side-event and time slot distribution by the Chairperson.


Monday 2 December

9:00 - 18:00

  • Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the BWC, Room XXIII


0900 Registration & Breakfast

0930 Welcome & Introduction
    - Gigi GRONVALL, PhD, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, United States of America
    - Anja KASPERSEN, Director, United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
    - H.E. Ambassador Yann HWANG, Permanent Representative of France to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and Chair of the 2019 Meeting of the States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention

0945 Session #1: Gene Drives and Engineered Ecology: What can we expect from these advancing capabilities and what are their implications for the BWC?

Moderator:
    - Michael MONTAGUE, PhD, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, United States of America
Panelists:
    - Chloe HAWKINGS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Rutgers University, United States of America
    - Alexander KAGANSKY, PhD, Head, Center for Genomic and Regenerative Medicine of the School of Biomedicine, Far Eastern Federal University, Russia
    - Philipp MESSER, PhD, Assistant Professor, Cornell University, United States of America
    - Michael SANTOS, PhD, Associate Vice President of Science, Foundation for the National Institutes of Health, United States of America

1115 Coffee/Tea Break

1130 Session #2: Advancing Agriculture and Animal Science: What is the current state of capabilities, and what are the impacts on the BWC?

Moderator:
    - Gigi GRONVALL, PhD, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, United States of America
Panelists:
    - Faisal KHAN, DPhil, Director and Assistant Professor, Institute of Integrative Biosciences, CECOS University, Pakistan
    - George OBIERO, PhD, Director, Centre of Biotechnology and Bioinformatics, University of Nairobi, Kenya
    - Luis Alberto OCHOA CARRERA, MSc, Mexican Biosafety Association (AMEXBIO), Mexico
    - Christine UHLENHAUT, PhD, Chargée de Mission for Biological Threat Reduction, World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE), France

1300 Lunch

1400 Keynote Address: Alessandro MARCELLO, PhD, Group Leader, Molecular Virology Laboratory, International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology

1445 Coffee/Tea Break

1500 Session #3: Barriers and Opportunities: What policies for cutting-edge biology could strengthen the BWC?

Moderator:
    - Nancy CONNELL, PhD, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, United States of America
Panelists:
    - Daniel FEAKES, MA, Chief, BWC Implementation Support Unit, Switzerland
    - Jonathan FORMAN, PhD, Science Policy Advisor, Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, The Netherlands
    - Gigi GRONVALL, PhD, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, United States of America
    - Katherine LITTLER, Co-Lead, Global Health Ethics, World Health Organization, Switzerland
    - J. Milkah Muthoni MWANGI, MSc, Senior Research Scientist, Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI), Kenya

1630 Closing Remarks
    - Gigi GRONVALL, PhD, Senior Scholar, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, United States of America

1645 Closing Reception, Location: Area 26 (adjacent to Room XXVI)

1745 Adjourn


Tuesday 3 December

9:00 - 10:00

  • Germany: “A scientific Review Mechanism for the BTWC: Looking Back, Around and Forward” , Room XXIII
13:00 – 15:00
  • Germany: A Comprehensive Capstone Exercise and Other Activities to Operationalize the Secretary-General’s Mechanism for Investigation of Alleged Use of Chemical and Biological weapons, Room XXIII
    Speakers:
    • Ambassador Peter Beerwerth, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament
    • Scott Cairns, Project Manager, Office for Disarmament Affairs (ODA), UNHQ
    • Maria Hecht, Research Associate, Robert Koch Institute, Germany
    • Jasmina Bevc, Head of mobile laboratory, CBRN Lab, Slovenian Army
    • Dr John R Walker, Head Arms Control and Disarmament Research Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom
    • Yasemin Balci, Senior Legal Officer, VERTIC

  • Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security: Event 201: A High-Level Pandemic Policy Exercise, Room XXIV

    Speakers:
    • Tara Kirk Sell, PhD, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
    • Crystal Watson, Dr PH, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
    • Ryan Morhard, World Economic Forum
    • Scott Dowell, Gates Foundation


Wednesday 4 December

9:00 - 10:00
    Speakers:
    • Jo Husbands, U.S. National Academies
    • Nancy Connell, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

  • Georgetown University Center for Global Health Science and Security: How Access and Benefit Regimes will Impact UNSGM Investigations, Room XXIII
    Speakers:
    • Michelle Rourke, Griffith University, Australia
    • Alexandra Phelan, Georgetown University
    • Rebecca Katz, Georgetown University


13:00 – 15:00
  • NTI Bio: Global Biosecurity Dialogue: Objectives and Progress Toward New, Measurable Actions, Room XXIII
    Speakers:
    • Ms. Deborah Rosenblum, Executive Vice President, NTI
    • Mr. Trevor Smith, Senior Program Manager, Biological & Chemical Security, Canada
    • Ms. Hayley Severance, Senior Program Officer, NTI bio
    • Dr. Yenew Kebede, Head of Division, Laboratory Systems, Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention
    • Dr. Ernesto Gozzer, Associate Professor at the Universidad Peruana Cayetano Heredia, Peru
    • Ms. Maria Sofia Núncio, APP3 Chair and Head of Laboratory, National Institute of Health, Dr. Ricardo Jorge
    • Dr. Irma Makalinao, Professor and Special Assistant to the Dean, College of Medicine, University of the Philippines
    • Mr. Zibusiso Masuku, Chairperson of the Biosafety and Biosecurity Committee, National Institute for Communicable Diseases, South Africa
    • Dr. Keith Hamilton, Senior Charge de Mission, Programmes Department, World Organisation for Animal Health

  • European Union / Biosafety Association for Central Asia and Caucasus (BACAC) / International Science and Technology Center (ISTC): Strengthening BWC with Civil Society Involvement: EU CBRN CoE - BACAC Conference, Room XXIV

    Speakers:
Thursday 5 December

9:00 - 10:00
    Speakers:
    • Richard Lennane, GDP (moderator)
    • Sharon Dolev, METO Project
    • Emad Kiyaei, METO Project

13:00 – 15:00

  • Russian Federation: "International Exercises for Eastern European and Central Asian Countries on First response to Biological Incidents Employing Biomedical Units (October 2019 Russian Federation, Saratov)", Room XXIV
    Speakers:
    • Ms. Yulia DEMINA - Deputy Head Department of Epidemiological Supervision, Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being
    • Mr. Vasilii KUKLEV - leading fellow at the Russian Anti-Plague Research Institute "Microbe", Federal Service for Supervision of Consumer Rights Protection and Human Well-being

  • UNIDIR: WMD Compliance and Enforcement: Lessons for the BWC , Room XXIII
    Speakers:
    • Dr. Ralf Trapp, independent consultant
    • Dr. Filippa Lentzos, Kings College London
    • Dr. James Revill, UNIDIR

Friday 6 December

13:00 – 15:00

  • France and Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique: Triggering BTWC Article VII After the Release of a Non-Human Pathogen, Room XXIII

    Speakers:
    • Dr Jean Pascal Zanders, FRS
    • Dr Elisande Nexon, FRS
    • Dr Ralf Trapp, Independent Consultant

  • NTI / bio: Engaging Diverse Stakeholders and the Next Generation to Address Emerging Biological Risks Associated with Advances in Technology, Room XXIV
    Speakers:
    • Ms. Deborah Rosenblum, Executive Vice President, NTI
    • Ms. Hayley Severance, Senior Program Officer, NTI | bio
    • Ms. Katherine Budeski, Program Assistant, NTI | bio
    • Dr. Emmanuel Agogo, Deputy Director, Nigeria Centre for Disease Control (Nigeria CDC)
    • Professor Wilmot James, Visiting Professor, Columbia University
    • Dr. Leonora Nusblat, Biorisk Manager, National Administration of Laboratories and Institutes of Health (ANLIS), Argentina
    • Mr. Jarjieh Fang, MPH Candidate, Milken Institute for Public Health at the George Washington University; Senior Research Analyst, Pharmerit International
    • Ms. Lucky Sunshine L. Go, MD Student, St. Luke's Medical Center College of Medicine, Philippines
    • Ms. Gayatri Sanku, PhD Student, Department of Microbiology and Immunology, Georgetown University-NIH
    • Mr. Peter Babigumira, Pharmacist, Infectious Disease Institute, Uganda
    • Dr. Frances Butcher, Wellcome Trust Research Fellow/DPhil Student in Population Health, University of Oxford, UK
    • Mr. Javier Rodriguez, Head of Environment, Safety & Security Department, National Commission of Atomic Energy, Argentina