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Meeting of Experts (10 - 14 August 2015)

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The 2015 Meeting of Experts was held in the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 10 to 14 August 2015. The meeting opened at 10:00 on Monday 10 August in Room XVIII and closed on Friday 14 August.

The Meeting of Experts was chaired by Ambassador Mazlan Muhammad of Malaysia. In accordance with the decision of the Seventh Review Conference, the meeting considered three standing agenda items (cooperation and assistance, with a particular focus on strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X; review of developments in the field of science and technology related to the Convention; and strengthening national implementation), as well as the biennial item of How to strengthen implementation of Article VII, including consideration of detailed procedures and mechanisms for the provision of assistance and cooperation by States Parties.

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Informal Indicative Schedule

This informal indicative schedule combines elements of the provisional programme of work and up-to-date information on side events.

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/1 - Provisional Agenda for the Meeting of Experts - Submitted by the Chairman

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/2/Rev.1 - Revised Provisional Programme of Work for the Meeting of Experts


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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/3 - Report of the Meeting


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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/3/Corr.1 - Report of the Meeting


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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/INF.1 - 2014 Implementation of BWC Article X (Cooperation and Assistance) - Submitted by Australia

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/INF.2 - Previous agreements and understandings under the Convention relevant to strengthening the implementation of Article VII, including consideration of detailed procedures and mechanisms for the provision of assistance and cooperation by States Parties- Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit.


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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/INF.3 - Background Information on continuing challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance and exchange- Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit.


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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/INF.4 - International organizations that may be involved in the provision of and coordination of assistance relevant to Article VII- Submitted by the Implementation Support Unit.


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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/INF.5- List of Participants

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.1 - Making Article VII Effective: Some core assumptions and key questions - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.2 - Making Article VII Effective: Relevant lessons and follow-up action from the Ebola virus disease outbreak in West Africa - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.3 - Improving methods of work at the Biological Weapons Convention meetings. Submitted by the Russian Federation and the Republic of Belarus

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.4 - The United States of America High Containment Laboratory Policy. Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.5 - Advances in Science and Technology: Production and Delivery. Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.6 - Tacit Knowledge: The concept and its implications for biological weapons proliferation. Submitted by the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.7 - Proposal for establishment of a database for assistance in the framework of Article VII of the BWC. Submitted by France and India

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.8 - Convergence between biology and chemistry: Latest findings of relevance to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.8/Corr.1- Convergence between biology and chemistry: Latest findings of relevance to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention. Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.9 - Advances in Science and Technology: Impact on Response to Infectious Disease Outbreaks and Relevance to Article VII. Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.10- Implementation of Article VII. Submitted by South Africa

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.11- Reviewing developments in science and technology: Parameters and considerations for a dedicated process. Submitted by Switzerland

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.12- Advances in Science and Technology: Production, Dispersal and Delivery Technologies. Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.12/ Rev.1- Advances in Science and Technology: Production, Dispersal and Delivery Technologies. Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.13 - BENELUX BTWC Peer Review. Outline of Key features and objectives. Submitted by Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.13/ Rev.1 - BENELUX BTWC Peer Review. Outline of Key features and objectives. Submitted by Belgium, The Netherlands and Luxembourg

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.14- Proposal by the Russian Federation for inclusion in the report of the Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention. Submitted by the Russian Federation

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.15- Review of developments in the fields of science and technology and Article X of the Convention. Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.16- Providing reassurance on Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Implementation. Submitted by Australia, Brunei Darussalam, Chile, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Ghana, Japan, Malaysia, Norway, Republic of Korea, Thailand

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.17- Consideraciones y medidas para mejorar la biocustodia de
los materiales y agentes biológicos y de las instalaciones biológicas1. Submitted by Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Spain, Italy and Panama


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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.18- Measures to implement Article III: Elements of an effective national export control system. Submitted by Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.18/Corr.1- Measures to implement Article III: Elements of an effective national export control system. Submitted by Australia, Belgium, Bulgaria, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Republic of Korea, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine, the United Kingdom and the United States

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.19- National measures to address dual use research. Submitted by Indonesia, Malaysia, the Netherlands and the United States of America

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.20- Dificultades y obstáculos que enfrenta Cuba para la plena aplicación de la CABT y en particular para el desarrollo al máximo de la cooperación, la asistencia y el intercambio internacionales en ciencias biológicas y tecnología, incluidos los equipos y materiales, con fines pacíficos. Submitted by Cuba.


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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.21- Experiencias de Cuba en la aplicación del Artículo X de la CABT. Submitted by Cuba.

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.22- Consideraciones de Cuba sobre cómo fortalecer la aplicación del artículo VII, incluida la consideración de procedimientos y mecanismos detallados para la prestación de asistencia y la cooperación de los Estados partes. Submitted by Cuba

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BWC/MSP/2015/MX/WP.23- Ofrecimientos y solicitudes de Cooperación internacional y Asistencia a la Base de Datos de Cooperación Internacional para el Artículo X de la CABT Submitted by Cuba.

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