BWC: Confidence Building and Transparency

BWC Working Group Friends of the Chair Webinar Series
6 May 2024
BWC: Confidence Building and Transparency

The Friends of the Chair for confidence-building and transparency, 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 confidence-building and transparency, with a special focus on CBMs, during the intersessional period.

Event Recording


  • Amb. Flávio Damico, Permanent Representative of Brazil to the CD and Chair of the BWC Working Group – Opening Remarks.
  • Mr. Alex Lampalzer, Deputy Head of BWC ISU, UNODA – New ECBM platform.
  • Mr. Matthew P. Shearer, Senior Research Associate, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health – BWC CBMs potential and limitations.
  • Ms. Lebogang Phihlela, Deputy Director of the Non-Proliferation Secretariat, Department of Trade, Industry and Competition, South Africa-National experience with developing CBMs. (View accompanying slides)
  • Ms. Somsanouk Keobounsan, Deputy Director of the United Nations Political and Security Affairs Division, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Lao People’s Democratic Republic – National experience with developing CBMs.
  • Mr. Laurent Masmejean, Counsellor at the Permanent Mission of Switzerland to the UN in Geneva – Closing remarks.

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

When and Where

Monday, 6 May 2024 | 13:15 – 14:45 CEST | Online.


This event was open to State representatives and experts working on or interested in issues pertaining to the national implementation of 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: