The 2018 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention was chaired by Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
The Meeting of States Parties took place in Room XVIII on 4 and 5 December and in Room XVII on 7 December 2018 at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. There were no formal sessions of the Meeting of States Parties on 6 December.
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 2018 Meeting of States Parties considered the factual reports of the Meetings of Experts
which took place in August 2018, 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 also approved the office-holders for the 2019 MSP and the dates for the BWC meetings to take place in 2019.
Rules of Procedure
All meetings will be subject mutatis mutandis
to the rules of procedure of the Eighth Review Conference.
- 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 Chairman about MSP duration - On 8 November, the Chairman of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties, wrote a letter to all States Parties informing them that the duration of the MSP would be reduced from four to three days due to a lack of funding. A draft revised version of the provisional programme of work was attached to the letter.
Letter from the Chairman about MSP preparations - On 11 October, the Chairman of the Meeting of States Parties wrote a letter to all States Parties setting out his plans for the MSP. Attached to the letter are draft versions of the provisional agenda and the provisional programme of work of the MSP.
MSP Chairman's letter regarding MSP finances
- On 26 September, the Chairman of the Meeting of States Parties
wrote a letter
to all States Parties telling them that he had been informed by UNODA that "there are currently not sufficient funds for the Meeting of States Parties to go ahead as planned in December."
Letter from the MSP Chairman on BWC financial issues - On 6 August, the Chairman of the Meeting of States Parties wrote a letter to all States Parties seeking proposals for measures to address the financial predictability and sustainability of the BWC.
Letter from the MSP Chairman - On 2 May, the Chairman of the Meeting of States Parties wrote to all BWC States Parties and Signatory States.
Letter from the MSP Chairman - On 20 February, the Chairman of the Meeting of States Parties wrote to all BWC States Parties and Signatory States.
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.
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 4 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 23 November 2018.
- BWC/MSP/2018/1 - Provisional agenda for the 2018 Meeting of States Parties
- BWC/MSP/2018/3/Rev.1 - Report on universalization activities - Submitted by the Chairman, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- BWC/MSP/2018/4 - Annual report of the Implementation Support Unit - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit
- BWC/MSP/2018/5 - Information paper to address financial predictability and sustainability for the Meetings agreed by the States Parties and for the Implementation Support Unit - Submitted by the Chairman, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- BWC/MSP/2018/6 - Report of the Meeting of States Parties and a letter from the Chairman of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, on the financial measures adopted by the Meeting of States Parties
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.1 - Strengthening implementation of Article III of the BTWC - Submitted by India and the United States of America
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.2 - Article X reports: Australia’s approach to structure and content - Submitted by Australia
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.3 - Dificultades y obstáculos que enfrenta Cuba para la plena aplicación del Artículo X de la Convención sobre Armas Biológicas - Submitted by Cuba (unofficial English translation contained in the annex)
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.4 - Approach to Strengthening Measures for Emerging Infectious Diseases based on Lessons Learned from the Ebola Outbreak - Submitted by Japan
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.5 - Building Confidence through Transparency: Peer Review Transparency Visit at the Richard Lugar Center for Public Health Research of the National Center for Disease Control and Public Health in Tbilisi, Georgia - Submitted by Georgia and Germany, co-sponsored by Austria, Belgium, Columbia, Iraq, Hungary, Malaysia, Mali, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.5/Corr.1 - Submitted by Georgia and Germany, co-sponsored by Austria, Belgium, Chile, Colombia, Hungary, Iraq, Malaysia, Mali, Montenegro, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.6 - Core Elements for an Effective Article VII Response - Submitted by the Russian Federation and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland (unofficial Russian translation contained in the annex)
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.7 - Proposal for establishment of a database for assistance in the framework of Article VII of the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by France and India
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.8 - Report of the Regional Workshop for Central Asian States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention on scientific and practical implementation issues (Almaty, Kazakhstan, 23-24 October 2018) - Submitted by Kazakhstan, co-sponsored by Germany
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.9 - International Activities of Global Partnership Member Countries related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by Canada, Denmark, European Union, Germany, Italy, Japan, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.10 - A new initiative to promote voluntary transparency and confidence building measures - Submitted by France
- BWC/MSP/2018/WP.11 -Transparency visit to the Lugar Center, Georgia: An Independent Report – Submitted by Georgia
- BWC/MSP/2018/CRP.1 - Elements of a Decision on Measures to address the Financial Predictability and Sustainability of the Convention - Submitted by the Chairman, Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia
- BWC/MSP/2018/CRP.2 - Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X: Reflections and proposals for possible outcomes - Submitted by the Chair of the Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X, Ambassador Maria Teresa Almojuela of the Philippines
- BWC/MSP/2018/CRP.3 - Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention: Reflections and proposals for possible outcomes - Submitted by the Chair of the Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention, Mr. Pedro Luiz Dalcero of Brazil
- BWC/MSP/2018/CRP.4 - Meeting of Experts on Strengthening National Implementation: Reflections and proposals for possible outcomes - Submitted by the Chair of the Meeting of Experts on Strengthening National Implementation, Ambassador Julio Herráiz España of Spain
- BWC/MSP/2018/CRP.5 - Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness: Reflections and Proposals for Possible Outcomes - Submitted by the Chair of the Meeting of Experts on Assistance, Response and Preparedness, Mr. Daniel Nord of Sweden
Statements and presentations
Tuesday 4 December 2018
- BWC/MSP/2018/CRP.6 - Meeting of Experts on Institutional Strengthening of the Convention: Reflections and proposals for possible outcomes - Submitted by the Chair of the Meeting of Experts on Institutional Strengthening of the Convention, Mr. Otakar Gorgol of the Czech Republic
Agenda Item 5 - Organization of the Meeting of States Parties
Agenda item 6 - General Debate
- Venezuela (Bolivarian Republic of) (on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the BWC)
- Russian Federation (on behalf of Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, China, Cuba, India, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan, Serbia, Tajikistan, and Venezuela)
- Tunisia (on behalf of the Arab Group)
Wednesday 5 December 2018
- United Republic of Tanzania
Agenda item 7 - Management of the intersessional programme: Budgetary and financial matters
Thursday 6 December 2018
Agenda item 8 - Consideration of the factual reports of the Meetings of Experts reflecting their deliberations, including possible outcomes
Friday 7 December 2018
Agenda item 9 - Progress with universalization of the Convention
Monday 3 December
Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security
Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the BWC
More details available at http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/our-work/events/2018-global-forum/index.html
Tuesday 4 December
Transparency Initiatives: Strengthening Cooperation, Capacities and Confidence in Compliance
- Ambassador Peter Beerwerth, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament
- Ambassador Yann Hwang, Permanent Representative of France to the Conference on Disarmament
- Ambassador Victor Dolidze, Permanent Representative of Georgia to the UN Office and other international organizations in Geneva
- Prof. Paata Imnadze, Head of the Lugar Center for Public Health Research
- Kathryn Tham Bee Lin, Senior Research Officer, Science and Technology Research Institute for Defence, Ministry of Defense, Malaysia
- Dr. Filippa Lentzos, Senior Research Fellow, King’s College London
- Dr. Emil Kazakov, International Relations Officer, European External Action Service
UNOCT, UNICRI, Interpol
"Securing the present, protecting the future": Understanding, preventing and addressing the risk of misuse of CBRN science and technology by terrorist groups and other non-State actors
Wednesday 5 December
InterAcademy Partnership, U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine, Croatian Academy of Sciences and Arts and Croatian Society for Biosafety and Biosecurity
Governance of Dual Use Research in the Life Sciences: Advancing Global Consensus on Research Oversight
Chair: Alemka Markotić, University Hospital for Infectious Diseases Zagreb, Catholic University of Croatia, and University of Rijeka
EU CD in support of the BWC
- Ms Anne Kemppainen, Head of Political Section for Disarmament and Non-Proliferation
EU Delegation to the UN and other international organisations in Geneva
- Ms Anja Kaspersen, Director – Geneva Branch
United Nations Office for Disarmament Affairs
- Mr Joel ESPECA
Director of International Organisations
Ministry of External Affairs of Haiti
- Ms Irma MAKALINAO
Professor and Special Assistant to the Dean
University of the Philippines College of Medicine
- Ms Kathryn THAM BEE LIN
Science and Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE)
Ministry of Defence of Malaysia
- Mr Emil KAZAKOV
International Relations Officer
Disarmament, Non-Proliferation and Arms Export Control
European External Action Service
Biorisk Assessment: Integrated Approaches for Understanding Complex Threats
Thursday 6 December
- Dr. Gunnar Jeremais
- Jan Opper
- Dr. Mirko Himmel
- Hares Sarwary
- Helge Martin
09:00-10:00, with refreshments from 08:45
United Kingdom and Biosecure
Next Generation Biosecurity: Evolving biosecurity educationm & engaging scientists
Strengthening the UNSGM: From Trusted Laboratories to Trained Experts
- Ambassador Peter Beerwerth, Permanent Representative of Germany to the Conference on Disarmament
- Ioan Tudor, Chief of UNODA's Weapons of Mass Destruction Branch
- Dr Cédric Invernizzi, Senior CBRN Arms Control Expert, Spiez Laboratory, Federal Office for Civil Protection, Federal Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports, Switzerland
- Prof. Dr. med. Roland Grunow, Head of Department, Robert Koch Institute, Germany
- Dr. Per Wikström, Scientist at the Swedish Defence Research Agency, FOI, Sweden
- Dr. Stefan Kloth, Research Associate, Robert Koch Institute, Germany
Centenary of Russia's Anti-plague Institute "Microbe": Lessons learned and opportunities for utilising mobile biomedical units. Presentation of UK-Russia working paper on Article VII.
Moderator: Vladimir Ladanov, Senior Counsellor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation
- Dr. Yulia Demina, Deputy Head, Epidemiological Surveillance, Department,Rospotrebnadzor/Health Protection Agency, Russian Federation
- Dr. John R. Walker, Head, Arms Control and Disarmament Research Unit, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, United Kingdom