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Eighth Review Conference (2016)

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The Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention will be held in the Palais des Nations (Room XVIII) from 7 to 25 November 2016.

The Preparatory Committee for the Review Conference was held in Geneva from 26 to 27 April 2016 and resumed its work from 8 to 12 August 2016.

The Meeting of States Parties in December 2015 approved the nomination of Ambassador György Molnár of Hungary as President of the Review Conference and Chairman of the Preparatory Committee.

Communications from the President-Designate of the Review Conference, updates on his activities and contact details can be found on his page.

The list of Office Holders of the Eighth Review Conference can be found here.





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Provisional Summary Sheet of Sides Events -- last updated 09/11/2016


Monday 7 November:

Germany: The Wiesbaden Process - Enhancing the Role of Industry in Combatting the Proliferation of WMD -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXIV
Disarmament Dynamics: Civil Society Briefing: Understanding the BWC Eighth Review Conference -- 13.00 -15.00 Room XXV


Tuesday 8 November:

Germany: Confidence in Compliance - Peer Review Visits as a Useful Tool for Increased Transparency -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXIV
King's College London, UK Ministry of Defence and UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office: Film Screening of "Inside Porton Down" -- 18.00-20.00 Room XXIV


Wednesday 9 November:

UPMC Center for Health Security: Safety and Security of Synthetic Biology -- 9.00-10.00 Room XXV

Hamburg Research Group for Biological Weapons Arms Control: Open Source Information for Transparency Building - Launch of an Online Information Tool -- 9.00-10.00 Room XXIV

International Office for Innovation in Reducing Crime (IOIRC): The OPBW- Is it Time? -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXI


Russian Federation: Operationalizing mobile biomedical units to deliver protection against biological weapons, investigate their alleged use and contribute to the suppression of epidemics of various origin: Presentation of draft decision -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXIV


King’s College London, University College London, Sussex University and Switzerland: "Book launch of ‘Biological Threats in the 21st Century-- 13.00-15.00 Room XXV

Thursday 10 November:

Switzerland: Update on Two Workshops at Spiez Laboratory: Building a Network of Analytical Biological Laboratories and Examining Science and Technological Developments in the Area of the Convergence of Biology and Chemistry -- 9.00-10.00 Room XXIV

Canada: Global Health Security Agenda Biosafety and Biosecurity Action Package: Lessons learned and next steps for the implementation of the Action Package -- 9.00-10.00 Room XXV

UNICRI: Identifying Needs and Providing Tailored Solutions: The Experience of the National CBRN Action Plan -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXI

GCSP, GET, VERTIC and UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office: Addressing the Biosecurity Governance Challenges Posed by the Ebola Epidemic -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXIV

OPCW: Science Advice at the OPCW -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXV

Friday 11 November:

WHO and USA: The New Health Emergencies Program and Emergency Medical Teams Initiative -- 9.00-10.00 Room XXIV

EU: EU Council Decision 2016/51/CFSP in Support of the BWC Implemented by UNODA: State of Play -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXIV

Monday 14 November:

UNIDIR, Fondation pour la Recherche Strategique and Ministry of Foreign Affairs of France: Implementing Article VII of the BWC: Challenges and Opportunities. Lessons Learned from a Tabletop Exercise (TTX) on the Implementation of Article VII of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BTWC) -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXV
Tuesday 15 November:

EBRF and Denmark: Immaterial Technology with Dual-Use Potential -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXIV
UNICRI and FBI: Understanding and Mitigating Emerging and Future Risks in the Life Sciences: The International Network on Biotechnology -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXV
US National Academy of Sciences: Science Advising Relevant to the BWC: Initiatives from the InterAcademy Partnership and its Members -- 13.00- 15.00 Room XI
Tuesday 22 November:

VERTIC: BWC Implementing Legislation Analysis and Online Legislative Assistance Tool -- 13.00-15.00 Room XXIV



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Last update: 6 March 2017