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2019 Meeting of States Parties

The 2019 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention will be chaired by Ambassador Yann Hwang of France.

The Meeting of States Parties will take 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 will consider 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 is 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 will also approve the office-holders for the 2020 BWC meetings and the dates for the BWC meetings to take place in 2020.

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)

Participants’ behaviour at UN system events
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


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.

Official documents

Statements and presentations

Tuesday 3 December 2019

Wednesday 4 December 2019

Thursday 5 December 2019

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.

Tuesday 3 December

Wednesday 4 December

Thursday 5 December

Friday 6 December

Press Releases