At the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Ninth Review Conference in 2022, States Parties to the BWC agreed to establish a new Working Group on the strengthening of the Convention, which will operate during the next intersessional period. The agenda for the Working Group includes discussion on, among other things, compliance and verification.
This is the first time in 20 years that verification will be formally discussed within the BWC framework, initiating a new process that opens a window of opportunity for states to advance work around monitoring and compliance.
This UNIDIR briefing, the first in a series of virtual events focused on verification, served as a primer for consideration of verification in the context of the BWC.
A recording of this event is available on our Youtube Channel, or below.
Prepared comment submitted by Dr Anastasia Malygina.
WHEN & WHERE:
Friday, 29 September 2023 | 13:15-14:30 CEST | Online, Zoom