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JOINT ACTION 2009-2011 / PROJECT III - CBM Submission Assistance

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The EU BWC Joint Action helped States Parties to prepare and submit confidence-building measures (CBM) declarations and to raise overall awareness of the importance of this trust-building instrument.

DESCRIPTION OF PROJECT:

OBJECTIVE
ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE
Submission of full and regular CBM declarations

Establishment of national point of contact
assistance to overcome technical difficulties in preparing and submitting CBM declarations, general guidance on individual steps in filing out the forms
in-country assistance for first submissions of CBM declarations
awareness-raising among national stakeholders

Assistance to prepare first CBM declarations or to overcome difficulties
  • expert assistance to help States Parties to prepare their first CBM declarations, guidance on submission of full and regular declarations, if CBMs have already been submitted in the past, consisting of meetings with national stakeholders involved in the CBM process and provision of guidance on data collection, inter-institutional coordination, and filling out of the forms (organized in Madagascar, Philippines, and The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia)

Support for establishment of National Points of Contact
  • support to designate a national point of contact, in accordance with the conclusions of the Sixth Review Conference

Awareness-raising among national stakeholders
  • information for national stakeholders from governmental institutions about their role in the CBM process (organized in Azerbaijan, Colombia, Uganda)

The EU BWC Joint Action initiated and funded publication of the Guide to Participation in the Confidence-Building Measures of the BWC, a user-friendly tool to help States Parties prepare their annual CBM declarations. The Guide was officially released on 8 December 2009 during the 2009 Meeting of States Parties, in English and translations to the other official languages of the United Nations became available in December 2011.

The "Guide to Participating in the Confidence-building Measures of the Biological Weapons Convention" is now available in:

English
French
Arabic
Chinese
Russian
Spanish


OVERVIEW OF ACTIVITIES:

Expert visit to provide assistance on preparation of the first CBM declaration, Antananarivo, Madagascar, 14-16 December 2011

Expert visit to provide assistance on national implementation, incl. preparation of CBM declarations, Baku, Azerbaijan, 10-11 November 2011

Regional Workshop for Latin America and the Caribbean on National Implementation, CBMs, and the Seventh Review Conference of the BWC, Lima, Peru, 9-11 November 2011. One day was devoted to discussing regional experiences in submitting the CBM, as well as the proposals for CBM forms amendments.
Expert visit to provide assistance on national implementation, incl. preparation of CBM declarations, Belgrade, Serbia, 3-4 November 2011

Expert visit to provide assistance on national implementation, incl. preparation of CBMs, Bogota, Colombia, 10-12 August 2011

Workshop on Preparing CBM Declarations, Geneva, Switzerland, 26 August 2010. The workshop took place as a side event to the 2010 Meeting of Experts. Its aim was to contribute to the promotion of openness and transparency of the BWC by encouraging States Parties to submit regular and full CBM declarations. Participating States Parties shared information on their national processes collecting data, coordinating among data-submitting institutions, and on filling out individual forms.
Expert visit to provide assistance on first submission of CBM declaration, Skopje, The former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, 9-11 July 2010

Expert visit to provide assistance on first submission of CBM declaration, Manila, Philippines, 1-5 March 2010

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