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2018 Meeting of States Parties



The 2018 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention will be chaired by Mr. Ljupčo Jivan Gjorgjinski of the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The Meeting of States Parties will take place in Room XVIII on 4 and 5 December and in Room XVII on 6 and 7 December 2018 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 2018 Meeting of States Parties will consider 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 will also approve the office-holders and 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. The registration procedure differs for States Parties, Signatory States, States not party, international organizations and NGOs. Please click here for detailed information on your participation and follow the steps in the appropriate category mentioned in the document.

All registration letters/note verbales should reach the Implementation Support Unit no later than 23 November 2018.

Valid security badges (issued either by the United Nations Office at Geneva or the United Nations Headquarters in New York) are required for entry into the Palais des Nations. Participants already possessing a United Nations security badge may proceed directly to the Meeting.

Participants who do not already have a United Nations security badge need to complete an online application and follow the process described. Please note that you will have to attach the note verbale or letter, including your name on the list of your delegation, as a mandatory document while registering on-line. A user guide is available for reference. For any queries, please contact the Implementation Support Unit at bwc@un.org

Once the application has been approved, you will receive via e-mail an e-ticket. A security badge valid for the duration of the Meeting of States Parties will be available for collection from the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations. Participants are advised to come to the Pregny Gate well in advance to allow enough time for security checks.

Delegations from States and international organisations can collect their passes from 12:00 on Friday 30 November 2018. NGO representatives can collect their passes in person from 08:00 on Monday, 3 December 2018. The e-ticket and valid passport or national identification card, will have to be produced in order to collect a grounds pass.

Information in the following sections will be updated as it becomes available.

Official documents
  • BWC/MSP/2018/1 - Provisional agenda for the 2018 Meeting of States Parties
  • BWC/MSP/2018/2 - Provisional programme of work for the 2018 Meeting of States Parties
  • BWC/MSP/2018/4 - Annual report of the Implementation Support Unit [in processing]
  • 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 [in processing]


Advance versions


Report of the Meeting of Experts on cooperation and assistance, with a particular focus on strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X

Report of the Meeting of Experts on review of developments in the field of science and technology related to the Convention

Report of the Meeting of Experts on strengthening national implementation

Report of the Meeting of Experts on assistance, response and preparedness

Report of the Meeting of Experts on institutional strengthening of the Convention



Statements and presentations


Side events

All those wishing to host a side event should fill in an online request form here. All requests will be reviewed by the BWC MSP Chairman and the BWC ISU will inform the organizers in due time.

The schedule of side events will be published below as soon as available.


Press Releases