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2018 Meeting of States Parties



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.

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 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.


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 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.


Official documents
  • BWC/MSP/2018/1 - Provisional agenda for the 2018 Meeting of States Parties
  • BWC/MSP/2018/2/Rev.1 - Revised provisional programme of work for the 2018 Meeting of States Parties
  • 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
  • BWC/MSP/2018/6 - Report of the Meeting of States Parties [in processing - see below for an advance version]
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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




Advance versions


Report of the 2018 Meeting of States Parties



Statements and presentations

Tuesday 4 December 2018

Agenda Item 5 - Organization of the Meeting of States Parties

Agenda item 6 - General Debate

Group statements

National statements

Wednesday 5 December 2018
  • United Republic of Tanzania
  • Egypt
  • Haiti
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



    Side events


    Monday 3 December

    9:00-10:00

    Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

    Global Forum on Scientific Advances Important to the BWC

    Room XXIV

    More details available at http://www.centerforhealthsecurity.org/our-work/events/2018-global-forum/index.html


    Tuesday 4 December

    13:00-15:00

    Germany

    Transparency Initiatives: Strengthening Cooperation, Capacities and Confidence in Compliance

    Room XVIII

    Speakers:

    13:00-15:00

    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

    Room XXIV

    Speakers:
    Documents:
    Concept note
    Flyer


    Wednesday 5 December

    09:00-10:00

    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

    Room XVIII

    Chair: Alemka Markotić, University Hospital for Infectious Diseases Zagreb, Catholic University of Croatia, and University of Rijeka

    Speakers:
    Link: www.nap.edu/25154


    13:00-15:00

    European Union

    EU CD in support of the BWC

    Room XVIII

    Speakers:
    • 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
      Research Officer
      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


    13:00-15:00

    Hamburg University

    Biorisk Assessment: Integrated Approaches for Understanding Complex Threats

    Room XXIV

    Speakers:
    • Dr. Gunnar Jeremais
    • Jan Opper
    • Dr. Mirko Himmel
    • Hares Sarwary
    • Helge Martin


    Thursday 6 December

    09:00-10:00, with refreshments from 08:45

    United Kingdom and Biosecure

    Next Generation Biosecurity: Evolving biosecurity educationm & engaging scientists

    Room XXIV

    Speakers:

    13:00-15:00

    Germany

    Strengthening the UNSGM: From Trusted Laboratories to Trained Experts

    Room XVII

    Speakers:
    13:00-15:00

    Russian Federation

    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.

    Room XXIV

    Moderator: Vladimir Ladanov, Senior Counsellor, Ministry for Foreign Affairs, Russian Federation

    Speakers:
    • 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



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