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INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS ON COOPERATION AND ASSISTANCE UNDER ARTICLE X OF THE BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION



First event, 22 June 2018, Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva

On 22 June 2018, the Government of Norway and the BWC Implementation Support Unit co-organized an international workshop on cooperation and assistance under Article X of the Biological Weapons Convention. The workshop was primarily intended for disarmament experts from Permanent Missions in Geneva and was held at Hotel Beau Rivage in Geneva. Over 50 delegates and experts took part in the event.

The workshop served as a platform for comprehensive and cross-regional dialogue on "Cooperation and assistance, with a particular focus on strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X". This topic is also the subject of the first BWC Meeting of Experts which will take place in Geneva from 7 to 8 August 2018 chaired by Ambassador Maria Theresa Almojuela of the Philippines.

The workshop stimulated discussions and will contribute to recommendations for the Meeting of Experts in August. Furthermore, the workshop also explored the links between the BWC and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The invitation letter, speakers' information booklet, detailed programme for the workshop and the presentations are available below.


Session I: Assistance and cooperation under the BWC

Moderator: Hana Cervenka, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva

09:00 - 09:15 Workshop Opening (Trude Skjerve Johnson, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway)

09:15 - 09:45 The evolution of Article X of the BWC (James Revill, Research Fellow, University of Sussex)

09:45 - 10:15 The Biological Weapons Convention and Article X implementation: An introductory overview (Daniel Feakes, Chief BWC ISU)

10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break

Session II: Building capacities at the national, regional and global level

Moderator: Ngoc Phuong van der Blij, Political Affairs Officer, BWC ISU

10:45 – 11:15 Harnessing frontier technologies for sustainable development (Angel González Sanz, Chief, Science, Technology and ICT Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD)

11:15 – 11:45 Role and Importance of education and awareness in the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention: Moroccan Experience (Fatima Lamchouri, Professor at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Taza, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University of Fez, Morocco)

11:45 – 12:15 Developing human resources in biological sciences and technology related to implementation of the BWC (Jean Pascal Zanders, Chairman, Advisory Board on Education and Outreach, OPCW)

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

Session III: International collaboration at the health-security interface

Moderator: Trude Skjerve Johnson, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

13:15 - 14:15 Promotion of capacity building, through international cooperation, in biosafety and biosecurity to enhance preparedness and response capacities to outbreaks of infectious disease or biological weapons attacks (Arne Broch Brantsaeter, Senior Consultant, Norwegian National Unit for CBRNE Medicine, Oslo University Hospital and Anna Agnieszka, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)

14:15 - 14:45 Building innovative partnerships between public, private, philanthropic and civil organisations to enhance epidemic preparedness (Gro Anett Nicolaysen, Resource Mobilisation Lead, CEPI)

14:45 - 15:15 An Innovative Partnership for Pandemic Preparedness (Anne Huvos, Manager, WHO PIP Framework Secretariat, WHO)

Session IV: Challenges and opportunities for international cooperation and assistance

Moderator: Hermann Alex Lampalzer, Political Affairs Officer, BWC ISU

15:15 - 15:45 The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology: At the intersection between research and cooperation (Alessandro Marcello, Group Leader, Molecular Virology, ICGEB)

15:45 - 16:15 Biotechnology in developing countries (Li Yin, DDG of the international cooperation department of the Chinese Academy of Sciences)

16:15 - 16:45 Coffee break

Session V: Considerations for the way ahead

Moderator: Daniel Feakes, Chief BWC ISU

16:45 - 17:00 General comments from participants

17:00 - 17:15 Strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X (Maria Teresa Almojuela, Ambassador of the Philippines, and Chairperson of the Meeting of Experts 1)

17:15- 17:30 Workshop Closure



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Second event, 23 November 2018, Palais des Nations, Geneva

On 23 November 2018, the Government of Norway and the Implementation Support Unit (ISU) of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC), jointly organized an international workshop on cooperation and assistance under Article X of the Biological Weapons Convention.

The event was a follow-up of a first workshop which was conducted on 22 June 2018 in Geneva, in the view to stimulate discussions in the Meeting of Expert on “Cooperation and assistance, with a particular focus on strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X (MX1)”. This topic represented the focus of the first BWC Meeting of Experts which took place in Geneva from 7 to 8 August 2018 chaired by Ambassador Maria Theresa Almojuela of the Philippines. The outcome of the first workshop was presented as a Working Paper during MX1.

The second workshop, as a follow-up, will build on the accomplishments of the first one, and the outcome of the discussion will then be presented at the upcoming Meeting of States Parties (MSP).

Like the first event, the second workshop was primarily intended for disarmament experts from Permanent Missions in Geneva and took place in Geneva on 23 November 2018, room XII, Palais des Nations.

On 23 November 2018, the Government of Norway and the BWC Implementation Support Unit co-organized an international workshop on cooperation and assistance under Article X of the Biological Weapons Convention. The workshop was primarily intended for disarmament experts from Permanent Missions in Geneva and was held at Hotel Beau Rivage in Geneva. Over 20 delegates and experts took part in the event.

The workshop served as a platform for comprehensive and cross-regional dialogue on "Cooperation and assistance, with a particular focus on strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X". This topic was also the subject of the first BWC Meeting of Experts which took place in Geneva from 7 to 8 August 2018, chaired by Ambassador Maria Theresa Almojuela of the Philippines.

The workshop stimulated discussions and will contribute to recommendations for the Meeting of Experts in August. Furthermore, the workshop also explored the links between the BWC and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The invitation letter, speakers' information booklet, detailed programme for the workshop and the presentations are available below.


Session I: Assistance and cooperation under the BWC

Moderator: Hana Cervenka, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva

09:20 - 09:30 Workshop Opening (Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway) and introduction (Daniel Feakes, Chief BWC ISU)

09:30 - 10:00 Outcome of the Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance (Maria Teresa Almojuela, Ambassador of the Philippines, and Chairperson of the Meeting of Experts)

10:00 - 10:30 Panel discussion: experience sharing, lessons learned from national perspective - India, Malaysia and Pakistan

(Pankaj Sharma, Ambassador, Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations)

(Rasyidah Zainal, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Malaysia to the United Nations)

(Usman Jadoon, Counselor, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the United Nations)

10:30 - 11:00 Relevant activities by the BWC Implementation Support Unit (Daniel Feakes, Chief, BWC ISU)

11:00 - 11:15 Coffee break

Session II: Building capacities at the national, regional and global level

Moderator: Ngoc Phuong van der Blij, Political Affairs Officer, BWC ISU

11:15 – 11:45 Building innovative partnerships between public, private, philanthropic and civil organisations to enhance epidemic preparedness (Antara Sinha, Senior Executive Officer, Executive Office, Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance)

11:45 – 12:15 Implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development: the role of science (Gabriela Wülser, Programme Leader, InterAcademy Partnership, IAP)

12:15 – 12:45 Mobilizing resources to address gaps and needs (Vincente Paolo Yu, Programme Coordinator, South Centre)

12:45 – 13:00 Considerations for the way ahead and workshop closure (Daniel Feakes, Chief BWC ISU)


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