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President-Designate of the Seventh Review Conference

Paul van den Ijssel, Ambassador and Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament, was the President of the Seventh BWC Review Conference and Chairman of its Preparatory Committee.

On his appointment as President-designate of the Seventh Review Conference, Ambassador van den IJssel said, "I am committed to working closely with all States Parties in a transparent, inclusive and constructive manner in order to secure a positive outcome at the Review Conference that further strengthens the Convention. A positive outcome means two things: consensus, but also ambition. I hope we all agree that we should be guided by ambition when we are determining our aims for the RevCon. At the same time we should keep an eye on what is doable and realistic. Ambitious realism will be my guiding principle in the coming year."

Read the President-designate's remarks following his nomination here. You can also download his curriculum vitae.

Meeting with the United Nations Secretary-General

On 25 January 2011, the President-designate met the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, to brief him on the Seventh Review Conference and to invite him to address the opening session of the Conference on 5 December.
The President-designate discusses prospects for the Review Conference with the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Mr. Ban Ki-moon, in Geneva on 25 January 2011.

Interviews with the President-designate

Contact the President-designate

The President-designate welcomes contacts from States Parties, international organisations, civil society representatives, and the media. Contact details are here:

Permanent Mission of the Netherlands

Ambassador Paul van den IJssel
tel: +41 (0)22 748 1850
e-mail: paul-vanden.ijssel@minbuza.nl

Ms. Eva Verberne-Schreuder, Second Secretary
tel: +41 (0)22 748 1852
e-mail: eva.schreuder@minbuza.nl

Mr. Tom van den Berk , Attaché Disarmament
tel: +41 22 748 18 24
e-mail: tom-vanden.berk@minbuza.nl

Ms. Annelies Breman, Ambassador's Secretary
tel: +41 (0)22 748 1853
fax: +41 (0)22 748 1838
e-mail: gev-cd@minbuza.nl

You can also contact the President-designate through the Implementation Support Unit.

Communications from the President-Designate

On Universalization

The President-Designate, as part of his efforts to promote the universalization of the Convention, facilitated a letter from Uri Rosenthal, Foreign Minister of the Netherlands to the foreign ministers of states currently outside the regime.

Photos of the President-Designate

Trip to HPA Porton Down, March 2011

Trip to DSTL Porton Down, March 2011

Trip to the US National Biodefence Analysis and Countermeasures Center, July 2011

Trip to the US National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases Integrated Research Facility, July 2011