BWC: Assistance, Response and Preparedness

BWC Working Group Friends of the Chair Webinar Series
26 June 2024
BWC: Assistance, Response and Preparedness

The Friends of the Chair for assistance, response and preparedness, together with UNIDIR and UNODA, organized this informal webinar in the context of the Working Group on the Strengthening of the Biological Weapons Convention. 

The event aimed to stimulate thinking and discussion on the topic of assistance, response and preparedness during the intersessional period and consisted of an expert panel followed by a moderated question-and-answer session with the audience. 

Event Recording


  • Valeria Santori, independent consultant – Wider trends in assistance, response and preparedness
  • María Garzón Maceda, Project Coordinator, WMD Programme, UNIDIR – Evolution of BWC Article VII
  • Irma Makalinao, Professor and Coordinator for CBRN Health Security, University of the Philippines – National and regional capabilities and preparedness. 
  • Andreas Fink-Jensen, Denmark, Friend of the Chair on assistance, response and preparedness – Closing remarks and ways forward

The event was moderated by Dr. James Revill, Head of the WMD Programme at UNIDIR. 

When and Where

26 June 2024 | 13:15 – 14:45 CEST | Online (via Zoom).  


The event was open to State representatives and experts working on or interested in issues pertaining to assistance, response and preparedness under the BWC.

Related Events

This event is part of the BWC Working Group Friends of the Chair Webinar Series (recordings available on YouTube). Other events in this series include: