The 1972 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) is a cornerstone in the regime to prevent the hostile use of biology. The Ninth BWC Review Conference will take place in late November 2022 and presents an important opportunity to take stock of the past and chart a course for the future of this increasingly important agreement. In support of preparations for the Ninth BWC Review Conference and beyond, UNIDIR published several reports intended to stimulate thinking on substantive issues related to the BWC.
This virtual event brought together the authors of the UNIDIR publications on BWC topics to provide short outlines of the key insights and ideas in their respective reports for State Parties to consider ahead of the Review Conference. These include verification, advances in science and technology, international cooperation, and potential outcomes of the Review Conference. The presentations was followed by a moderated interactive discussion with the participants.
A recording of the event is available on the UNIDIR YouTube Channel (or see below).
This event will be held online on Monday 07 November 2022, 14:00-15:00 CET.
Opening remarks: H.E. Amb. Leonardo Bencini, President-Designate of the Ninth Review Conference of the BWC.
Richard Lennane, on Verification
Alisha Anand, on Science and Technology
Maria Garzon Maceda, on Cooperation and Assistance
Jez Littlewood, on Outcomes of the Review Conference
Daniel Feakes, on Institutional issues
Moderated by: James Revill