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BWC Information Briefing September 2005

On Tuesday 13 September 2005, the BWC Meetings Secretariat, through the UN Department for Disarmament Affairs (UNDDA) Geneva Branch, in collaboration the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR) were proud to hold an Information Briefing on the Sixth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention. This event, the first of its kind for the UNDDA Geneva Branch was particularly well attended by representatives of States Parties, Signatories, non-States Parties and International Organizations resident in Geneva.

15:00 Welcome and introductory remarks
Enrique Roman-Morey, Director, Geneva Branch, UNDDA
Patricia Lewis, Director, UNIDIR

15:10 History of the biological weapons threat and the BWC
John Borrie, Project Leader, UNIDIR

15:40 Nuts and bolts: practical steps for convening the Sixth Review Conference
Richard Lennane, BWC Meetings Secretariat, UNDDA

16.00 Efforts to strengthen the Convention: what previous review conferences have done
Piers Millett, BWC Meetings Secretariat, UNDDA

16:30 The Ad Hoc Group and the protocol
Richard Lennane

17.00 The new process, the Sixth Review Conference, and the future
Patricia Lewis

17.30 Closing remarks
Enrique Roman-Morey
Christophe Carle, Deputy Director, UNIDIR