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Preparatory Committee for the Eighth Review Conference

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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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Tuesday 26 April 2016


Monday 8 August 2016

Agenda Item 5: General Exchange of Views



Tuesday 9 August 2016


Agenda Item 7: Comprehensive Consideration of all provisions of the Convention

  • Switzerland
  • Netherlands
  • United States of America
  • Algeria
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Russian Federation
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • France
  • Germany
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Cuba
  • Georgia
  • Canada
  • Spain
  • Australia
  • Ukraine
  • China
  • India
  • Bahrain
  • Spain
  • Sweden
  • Malaysia
  • South Africa
  • Republic of Korea

Wednesday 10 August 2016

  • Algeria
  • Republic of Korea
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • Colombia
  • United States of America
  • Canada
  • South Africa
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • Australia
  • India
  • France
  • Russian Federation
  • Armenia
  • China
  • Germany
  • Pakistan
  • Netherlands
  • Switzerland
  • Montenegro
  • Japan
  • Sweden
  • Spain

Thursday 11 August 2016

  • Cuba
  • Finland
  • Sweden
  • Iran (Islamic Republic of)
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • Netherlands
  • India
  • France
  • Russian Federation
  • United States of America
  • Pakistan
  • Algeria
  • Japan
  • Norway
  • Finland
  • China
  • Canada

Friday 12 August 2016

  • India

Agenda Item 10: Report of the Preparatory Committee to the Review Conference



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