The 2013 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meeting of Experts is in its penultimate day at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. The biennial meetings, which began in 2007 following the Sixth Review Congress, bring together stakeholders from State Parties, NGOs, research institutions, and the sciences for collaboration both on the treaty itself and issues of importance to it. Agenda items for this year’s meeting include bolstering cooperation and assistance, particularly under Article X of the BWC, increasing the dismally low participation in the annual Confidence-building Measures (CBM), increasing national implementation of the treaty, and examining germane developments in scientific research.
A full list of all official documents, including papers submitted by State Parties, is available here (our favorite is the UK & Northern Ireland’s aptly titled paper, “We Need to Talk About Compliance“). The meetings, which began on Monday, will conclude tomorrow.
(Image courtesy of the US Mission Geneva/Flickr)