The 2019 BWC Meetings of Experts will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 29 July to 8 August 2019. (1 August is Swiss National Day, and the UN in Geneva will be closed). From 29 July to 2 August, the Meetings of Experts will take place in Room XX. From 5 to 8 August, the Meetings of Experts will take place in the Assembly Hall.
The 2017 BWC Meeting of States Parties agreed on an intersessional programme from 2018 to 2020 consisting of annual Meetings of States Parties and Meetings of Experts. The MSP agreed that the Meetings of Experts would be open-ended and will consider the following topics:
Rules of Procedure
- Draft Rules of Procedures adopted at the Eighth Review Conference
(available in all six official UN languages)
Communications from the MSP and MX Chairs
Information for participants
- Letters and communication from the BWC office holders relevant to the MXs will be available here.
The majority of information required by participants in the Meetings of Experts can be found in the Aide Memoire
, 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.
The International Gender Champions Disarmament Impact Group has produced a "Gender and Disarmament Resource Pack"
for participants in multilateral meetings. The resource pack includes basic information on gender equality and its relevance to arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament, as well as practical ideas that can support diplomats in applying a gender lens to their work.
All those wishing to attend the Meetings of Experts 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 rooms.
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 19 July 2019.
United Nations grounds passes can be collected from the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations. Delegations from States and international organisations can collect their passes from 12:00 on Friday 26 July 2019. NGO representatives can collect their passes in person from 08:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019. The e-ticket and valid passport or national identification card, will have to be produced in order to collect a grounds pass.
The programme of side events taken place during the Meetings of Experts will be posted here soon.