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Meeting of States Parties (1 - 5 December 2008) - Refinement, Structure & Focus

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The 2008 Meeting of States Parties was held in the Palais des Nations from 1 to 5 December 2008. It was chaired by Ambassador Georgi Avramchev of the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia. In accordance with the decision of the Sixth Review Conference, the Meeting of States Parties considered the work of the Meeting of Experts to discuss, and promote common understanding and effective action on:

1. National, regional and international measures to improve biosafety and biosecurity, including laboratory safety and security of pathogens and toxins.

2. Oversight, education, awareness raising, and adoption and/or development of codes of conduct with the aim of preventing misuse in the context of advances in bio-science and bio-technology research with the potential of use for purposes prohibited by the Convention.

Report of the Meeting

The report of the Meeting of States Parties was adopted on Friday 5 December 2008 by consensus:


Documents, Statements and Other Resources

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In his letters to States Parties, the Chair of the 2008 meetings requested "a brief outline or overview" of national approaches to the topics under consideration "to optimise our use of time". He went on to add that this was not "extra or additional information, or... any kind of reporting requirement" but that the compendium was a tool to enable information generated by meetings of the BWC to be shared in a more efficient manner and more readily accessible to assist States Parties in their preparations for the meetings, during their national activities and in preparation for the Seventh Review Conference and future efforts.

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Monday 1 December

13.00 - 15.00 National Implementation and Universalization of the Convention by VERTIC and the BioWeapons Prevention Project (Room XXII)

Tuesday 2 December

09.00-10.00 : Mesures pour l’Application à l’Echelon National de la Convention sur les Armes Biologiques (en français) – VERTIC (Salle XXII )

13.00 - 15.00 Confidence Building Measures (CBM): Preparing for the ground for the CBM content debate by Geneva Forum and Switzerland (Room XXII)

Wednesday 3 December

09.00 - 10.00 Education of Scientists by American Association for the Advancement of Science, Bradford University and Landau Network - Centro Volta (Room XXII)

Thursday 4 December

09.00 - 10.00 Preventing Bioviolence by DePaul Unviersity (Room XXII)

09.00-10.00 : Medidas para la Aplicación de la Convención sobre las Armas Biológicas (en Español) – VERTIC (Salle XXIII )

13.00 - 15.00 Universalization of Confidence-Building Measures in the Biological Weapons Convention / Universalisation des mesures de confiances de la Convention sur les armes biologiques (ENGLISH-FRENCH SIMULTANEOUS INTERPRETATION) by United Nations Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) (Room XXII)