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Meeting of States Parties (4-8 December 2017)



The 2017 Meeting of States Parties was held in the Palais des Nations from 4 to 8 December 2017. The meeting opened at 10:00 on Monday 4 December in Room XVIII and close on Friday 8 December.

The Meeting of States Parties was chaired by Ambassador Amandeep Singh Gill of India with Ambassador Michael Biontino of Germany and Ambassador Juraj Podhorský of Slovakia as the Vice-Chairs. In accordance with the decision of the Eighth Review Conference, the meeting sought to make progress on issues of substance and process for the period before the next Review Conference, with a view to reaching consensus on an intersessional process.


Informal Indicative Schedule

This informal indicative schedule combines elements of the provisional programme of work and up-to-date information on side events.

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BWC/MSP/2017/1 - Provisional agenda - Submitted by the Chairman
(available in all six official UN languages)

BWC/MSP/2017/2 - Provisional Programme of Work - Submitted by the Chairman
(available in all six official UN languages)

BWC/MSP/2017/3 - 2017 Report on universalization activities - Submitted by the Chairperson
(available in all six official UN languages)

BWC/MSP/2017/3/Add.1 - 2017 Report on universalization activities - Submitted by the Chairperson - Addendum

BWC/MSP/2017/4 - 2017 Report of the Implementation Support Unit - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit (available in all six official UN languages)

BWC/MSP/2017/5 - Estimated costs of the meetings to be held from 2018–2020 - Note by the Secretariat (available in all six official UN languages)

BWC/MSP/2017/6 - Report of the Meeting of States Parties (available in all six official UN languages)

BWC/MSP/2017/CRP.1 - Aide Memoire - Submitted by the Chairperson of the 2017 Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention

BWC/MSP/2017/INF.1 - List of participants

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.1 - Peer Review Exercise on the National Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention (Morocco 9-11 May 2017) - Submitted by Morocco

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.2 - Need to establish a BWC science and technology review process - Submitted by Switzerland

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.3 - Strengthening the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention through a reinforced intersessional work programme - Submitted by the members of the Global Partnership Against the Spread of Weapons and Materials of Mass Destruction: Australia, Belgium, Canada, Chile, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the United Kingdom, the United States of America, and the European Union

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.4 - Peer Review in the BWC Context. Working with Colleagues to Strengthen the Convention: Possible roles for a BWC Peer Review as a Transparency and Confidence-Building Measure" - Submitted by Germany

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.5 - Efforts of Kyrgyzstan in implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by Kyrgyzstan

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.6 - Confidence Building Measure G - Declaration of Vaccine Production Facilities: Potential for Missed Reporting of Relevant Facilities - Submitted by the Netherlands, Switzerland and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.7 - Report on Implementation of Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.8 - Intersessional Programme - Submitted by Cuba

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.9 - The Mantra of Confidence Building: Proposal for the 2018 2020 Intersessional Process - Submitted by Germany, Japan and the United States of America

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.10 - Elements of a Possible Intersessional Process - Submitted by Russian Federation, United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and United States of America

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.11 - Biopreparedness field training exercises: national and international capacity-building - Submitted by Portugal

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.12 - Institutional Mechanism for International Cooperation and Compliance with Article X – Submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and Other States

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.13 – Visitas Voluntarias: Un instrumento para una mejor cooperación en el marco de la CABT - Presentado por Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, España, Guatemala, México, República Dominicana, Panamá, Paraguay y Perú

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.13/Corr.1 – Visitas Voluntarias: Un instrumento para una mejor cooperación en el marco de la CABT - Presentado por Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, El Salvador, España, Guatemala, México, República Dominicana, Panamá, Paraguay y Perú


BWC/MSP/2017/WP.14 - Step-by-Step Approach to CBM Participation - Submitted by Australia, Canada, Germany, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea and Switzerland

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.15 - Strengthening cooperation with international organizations - Submitted by Australia, Japan, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.17 - International activities of Global Partnership Member Countries related to Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by: Canada, Denmark, European Union, Finland, Germany, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.16 - Analyse des risques et menaces biologiques – Soumis par la France

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.18 - The European Union's continued support for strengthening the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by the European Union

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.19 - Implementation of Articles IV and X of the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by the Republic of Korea

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.20 - Responding to deliberate biological release: the requirements for effective, coordinated international action - Submitted by Canada, the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland and the United States of America

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.21 - Intersessional Programme - Submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and Other States

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.22 - Awareness-raising, education and outreach: recent developments - Submitted by Ukraine, Japan, UK

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.22/Corr.1 - Awareness-raising, education and outreach: recent developments - Submitted by Ukraine, Japan, UK

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.23 - Dificultades y obstáculos que enfrenta Cuba para la plena aplicación del Artículo X de la Convención sobre Armas Biológicas - Presentado por Cuba

BWC/MSP/2017/WP.24 - Submitted by Malaysia and the United States of America - Report on BWC relevant developments by International Experts



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Registration for the meeting will be open soon.

All those wishing to attend the meeting 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 24 November 2017.

Valid grounds passes (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 grounds pass may proceed directly to the Meeting.

Participants who do not already have a United Nations grounds pass need to complete an application on the new online Indico system at https://reg.unog.ch/event/22463/ 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. If you forget to attach the requested document, the system will reject your registration . A user guide is available for reference. For any queries, please contact the Implementation Support Unit at bwc@unog.ch

Once the application has been approved in Indico, you will receive via e-mail an e-ticket / QR code. A grounds pass 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.

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 1 December. NGO representatives can collect their passes in person from 08:00 on Monday, 4 December 2017. The e-ticket / QR code and valid passport or national identification card, will have to be produced in order to collect a grounds pass.

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