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Preparatory Committee for the Eighth Review Conference (2016)

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The Preparatory Committee was held in the Palais des Nations (Room XVIII) from 26 to 27 April 2016 and resumed its work from 8 to 12 August 2016.

The Preparatory Committee prepared the way for the Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention, which will take place in Geneva from 7 to 25 November 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.

Documents, Statements and Other Resources

As mandated by the 2015 Meeting of States Parties, the Chairman of the Preparatory Committee prepared a summary report under his own responsibility “for consideration of delegations ahead of the Review Conference, […] without prejudice to perspectives, recommendations, conclusions and proposals presented by delegations or that prejudges the final outcome of the Review Conference”. The "summary report" is annexed to the "advance version" mentioned above, and is also available here.

Indicative schedule for the resumed Preparatory Committee, 8-12 August 2016

This indicative schedule combines information from the agenda of the Preparatory Committee with information on side events taking place during the week. This is an informal document designed to assist States Parties in their preparations for the resumed meeting of the Preparatory Committee. It will be updated by the ISU as necessary. During the Preparatory Committee, delegations are advised to also refer to the electronic screens in the E Building for up-to-date information. For the agenda of the meeting see BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/1.

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/1 - Provisional Agenda of the Preparatory Committee


BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/2 - Interim Report of the Preparatory Committee (26-27 April 2016)

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/3 - History and operation of the confidence-building measures - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/3/Amend.1 - History and operation of the confidence-building measures - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/4 - Additional Understandings and Agreements Reached by Previous Review Conferences Relating to each Article of the Convention - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/4/Corr.1 - Additional understandings and agreements reached by previous Review Conferences relating to each article of the Convention - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/4/Corr.2 - Additional understandings and agreements reached by previous Review Conferences relating to each article of the Convention - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/5 - Common Understandings Reached by the Meetings of States Parties During the Intersessional Programme held from 2012 to 2015 - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/6 - Financial Implications of Proposals for Follow-on Action after the Eighth Review Conference - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/7 - Report of the Implementation Support Unit on its activities to implement its mandate, 2012-2016 - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/7/Amend.1 - Report of the Implementation Support Unit on its activities to implement its mandate, 2012-2016 - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/8 - Status of Universalization of the Convention - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/8/Amend.1 - Status of Universalization of the Convention - Background information document submitted by the Implementation Support Unit

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/9 - Final Report of the Preparatory Committee

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/L.1 - Draft Provisional agenda for the Eighth Review Conference - Submitted by the Chairman-designate

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/L.2 - Draft Rules of procedure of the Eighth Review Conference - Submitted by the Chairman-designate

BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/INF.1 - List of Participants

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/INF.1/Rev.1 - Revised List of Participants

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/INF.1/Rev.1/Corr.1 - Revised List of Participants - Corrigendum

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.1/Rev.2 - Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention Operationalising mobile biomedical units to deliver protection against biological weapons, investigate their alleged use, and to suppress epidemics of various etiology - Submitted by the Russian Federation

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.1/Rev.2/Add.1 - Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention Operationalising mobile biomedical units to deliver protection against biological weapons, investigate their alleged use, and to suppress epidemics of various etiology. Addendum - Submitted by the Russian Federation

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.2/Rev.2 - Strengthening the Biological Weapons Convention Proposal for the establishment of a Scientific Advisory Committee - Submitted by the Russian Federation

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.3 -Science and technology review for the BWC: Features of an effective process - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.4 - A future science and technology review process - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.5 - Position of the European Union relating to the Eighth Review Conference of the BWC - Submitted by the European Union

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.6 - Strengthening confidence building and consultative mechanisms under the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.6/Rev.1 - Strengthening confidence building and consultative mechanisms under the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.7 - Elements on science and technology for the 2016 Review Conference - the importance of an active review process - Submitted by Finland, Norway and Sweden

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.8 - Strengthening the BWC science and technology review process - Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.9 - Strengthening the ability to take action: an essential agenda for the Eighth Review Conference - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.10 - Possibilities for Strengthening the international community's ability to investigate alleged use - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.11 - 90 ans de la signature du Protocole concernant la prohibition de l’emploi a la guerre de gaz asphyxiants, toxiques ou similaires et de moyens bactériologiques - Submitted by France

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.11/Rev.1 - 90 ans de la signature du Protocole concernant la prohibition de l’emploi a la guerre de gaz asphyxiants, toxiques ou similaires et de moyens bactériologiques - Submitted by France

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.12 - Specificities of the response to natural and intentional disease outbreaks - Submitted by France

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.13 - Peer review: an innovative way to strengthen the BWC - Submitted by Belgium, France, Luxemburg and Netherlands

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.14 - Articles VII and X: the importance of synergy - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.15 - Eighth BWC Review Conference: New intersessional work programme - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.16 - Strengthening the BWC science and technology review process: Considerations regarding the composition of an S&T review body - Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.17 - "Investigation" under the framework of BWC - Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.18 - New Scientific and technological developments relevant to the Convention: Some examples - Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.19 - The Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention and the Geneva Protocol of 1925 - Submitted by the Russian Federation

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.20/Rev.1 - Implementation of Article X of the BWC by the European Union Institutions and the European Union Member States - Submitted by the European Union

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.21 - Functional structures of the Biological and Toxin Weapons

Convention - Submitted by South Africa

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.22 - Implementation of Article VII - Submitted by South Africa

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.23 - Future Planning for the Implementation Support Unit - Submitted by South Africa

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.24 - The 2017-2020 Intersessional Process - Submitted by Canada

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.25 - Frameworks for effective oversight of scientific research facilities and awareness of dual-use risks - Submitted by Canada

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.26 - Strengthening the BWC: Reflecting on the Peer Review Concept - Submitted by Belgium, Luxembourg and Netherlands

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.27 - Reviewing Science and Technology within the BWC: Elements for a politically independent process - Submitted by Spain

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.28 - Voluntary Visits for the BWC: A Concept Paper - Submitted by Chile and Spain

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.29 - Strengthening Cooperation with International Organisations - Submitted by Japan

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.30 - Implementation of National CBRN actions plans: Facilitating cooperation to strengthen capacities against bio-risks - Submitted by Côte d’Ivoire, Gabon, Kenya, Montenegro, Philippines and Uganda

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.31 - Proposal for the Development of the Template of Biological Scientist Code of Conduct under the Framework of Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by China and Pakistan

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.32 - Establishing a Non-proliferation Export Control and International Cooperation Regime under the Framework of the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by China and Pakistan

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.33 - "Transfers" under the Framework of BTWC: Challenges and Opportunities - Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.34 - Working Paper on providing reassurance on Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) implementation - Submitted by Australia, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Switzerland and Thailand

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.35 - Strengthening confidence-building measures in regard to dual use materials - Submitted by Germany

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.36 - Step-by-step approach in CBM participation (2016) - Submitted by Australia, Canada, Japan, Malaysia, Republic of Korea, and Switzerland

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.37 - New ideas for the intersessional programme - Submitted by Australia and Japan

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.38 - Proposal for Establishment of a Database for Assistance in the Framework of Article VII of the BWC - Submitted by France and India

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BWC/CONF/VIII/PC/WP.38/Rev.1 - Revised Proposal for Establishment of a Database for Assistance in the Framework of Article VII of the BWC - Submitted by France and India

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BWC/CONF.VIII/PC/WP.39 - Humanitarian response to the use of biological weapons: Lessons from the naturally occurring Ebola outbreak of 2014-2016 - Submitted by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)

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