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2018 BWC Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention



The Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention took place from 9 to 10 August 2018, at the Palais des Nations, in Room XVII.

MX2 will be chaired by Mr Pedro Luiz Dalcero of Brazil and will consider the following topics:
  • Review of science and technology developments relevant to the Convention, including for the enhanced implementation of all articles of the Convention as well as the identification of potential benefits and risks of new science and technology developments relevant to the Convention, with a particular attention to positive implications;
  • Biological risk assessment and management;
  • Development of a voluntary model code of conduct for biological scientists and all relevant personnel, and biosecurity education, by drawing on the work already done on this issue in the context of the Convention, adaptable to national requirements;
  • In 2018, the MX2 will address the specific topic of genome editing, taking into consideration, as appropriate, the issues identified above;
  • Any other science and technology developments of relevance to the Convention and also to the activities of relevant multilateral organizations such as the WHO, OIE, FAO, IPPC and OPCW.

Official documents

  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/1 - Provisional agenda for the Meeting of Experts on Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention - Submitted by the Chair
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/2 - Background information document on review of developments in the field of science and technology related to the Convention - Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.1 - Germany’s best practice in handling (bio)security-relevant research: Self-governance organized by the German National Academy of Sciences Leopoldina and the German Research Foundation (DFG) - Submitted by Germany
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.2 - Technical Working Paper on Genome Editing and Other Scientific and Technological Developments of Relevance to the Convention - Submitted by Switzerland
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.3 - Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention - Genome editing – Submitted by Australia
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.4 - Genome editing: addressing implications for the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.5 - Recent Advances in Gene Editing and Synthesis Technologies and their Implications - Submitted by the United States of America
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.6 - Review of Developments in the Field of Science and Technology Related to the Convention - Genome Editing - Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.7 - Report of the Scientific Advisory Board of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on Developments in Science and Technology for the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention - Note by the Implementation Support Unit
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.8 – Response by the Director-General of the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons on the Report of the Scientific Advisory Board of the on Developments in Science and Technology for the Fourth Special Session of the Conference of the States Parties to Review the Operation of the Chemical Weapons Convention - Note by the Implementation Support Unit
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.9 - Proposal for the development of a model code of conduct for biological scientists under the Biological Weapons Convention - Submitted by China and Pakistan
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.10 - Códigos de Conducta en el Marco de la Convención de Armas Biológicas – Submitted by Cuba
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.11 - Nuevos adelantos de la Ciencia y la Tecnología en la Esfera de la Biología, en particular la Edición de Genes y la Biología Sintética – Submitted by Cuba
  • BWC/MSP/2018/MX.2/WP.12 - Review of Developments in the field of Science and Technology related to the Convention - Submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement and other States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention


Advance versions



Presentations and statements

Presentations and statements made during MX2 will be posted here, if provided by the presenter.

Agenda item 4

  • Switzerland (statement) - covering agenda items 4, 6, 7, 8

Agenda item 5
Agenda item 6

Agenda item 7

Agenda item 8
  • Technical briefing by the 1540 Group of Experts (statement)