Efforts to enhance biological disarmament and build biosecurity can no longer be achieved by States alone. Rather input from and collaboration with a wide range of stakeholders is required if we are to achieve progress in the Biological Weapons Convention and wider efforts to strengthen biological security. Unfortunately, stakeholder perspectives are not necessarily always well understood or reflected in biological disarmament diplomacy. And some sectors are almost entirely absent from discussions.
To address this challenge, UNIDIR invited a diverse range of stakeholders and representatives to contribute their insights in a new report: “Stakeholders’ perspectives on the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention”. These contributors come from around the world and have a range of backgrounds from industry to academia.
This side event to the BWC Review Conference will bring together some of the authors of this publication to discuss activities they have undertaken that could feed into the enhancement of the BWC; reflect on what more could be undertaken by their respective organizations or entities; and provide recommendations on what States Parties to the BWC should do (or not do) to advance the BWC. The event will include a moderated Q&A session with the participants.
Breakfast will be served before the event, from 08:30hs.
Tuesday 13 December 2022, 09:00–10:00hs CET, in Room XXIII, Palais de Nations.
More information on the agenda will be shared before the event.
UNIDIR encourages the participation of diplomats, national representatives, policymakers, as well as academics, practitioners and other experts working on or interested in issues pertaining to the Biological Weapons Convention.
This event will be accessible only to those already holding UN ground passes. To receive updates of this event please register through Eventbrite here. For any questions, please reach out to firstname.lastname@example.org.