Implementation of the obligations of the Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) has lagged seriously behind other disarmament and non-proliferation regimes. Without an international organization to shoulder the burden, states have been left alone to establish ad hoc national arrangements. The two most recent work programmes within the BWC framework have helped to harmonize national approaches and focused on building capacity to translate international obligations into effective national action. States have begun to identify common ground in their approaches, to learn from each other's experiences and create a community of actors dedicated to ensuring that the life sciences are not used to cause deliberate harm.

Over the last decade it has become increasingly clear that effective action will require a concerted effort from all those who can play a role in ensuring that the life sciences continue to be used safely, securely and solely for beneficial purposes. This book gathers together many of the best contributions from the recent work within the BWC framework and provides expert reviews of key themes, case studies of interesting national approaches, as well as unique perspectives from the ground. It is a practical tool for implementing the convention, an introductory guide to current best practice at the health/security interface and adds to the historical record of this important international instrument.

Citation: Piers Millett (ed.), et al. (2011). "Improving Implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention: The 2007-2010 Intersessional Process", UNIDIR, Geneva.

Sponsor Organizations: Piers Millett (ed.), Piers Millett, Masood Khan, Scott Spence, Implementation Support Unit,Implementation Support Unit,Implementation Support Unit, Ngoc Phuong Huynh, Piers Millett, Georgi Avramchev, Piers Millett, Isabelle Daoust-Maleval, Aamer Ikram, Marianne Heisz, Teck Mean Chua, Katsuhisa Furukawa, Robert Mathews, Koos van der Bruggen, Katherine Bowman, Jo Husbands, Ben Rusek & Barbara Schaal, Graham Pearson, Brian Rappert,Cathy Bollaert, Malcolm Dando & Simon Whitby, Marius Grinius, Pedro Oyarce, Ali Mohammadi, Keith Hamilton & Kazuaki Miyagishima, Joris De Baerdemaeker, Robin Coupland, Austin Ochieng Aluoch & Maurice Owuor Ope, Louise Gresham & Leslie Pray, Randall Murch, Richard Lennane