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2019 Meetings of Experts



The 2019 BWC Meetings of Experts will take place at the Palais des Nations in Geneva from 29 July to 8 August 2019. (1 August is Swiss National Day, and the UN in Geneva will be closed). From 29 July to 2 August, the Meetings of Experts will take place in Room XX. From 5 to 8 August, the Meetings of Experts will take place in the Assembly Hall.

The 2017 BWC Meeting of States Parties agreed on an intersessional programme from 2018 to 2020 consisting of annual Meetings of States Parties and Meetings of Experts. The MSP agreed that the Meetings of Experts would be open-ended and will consider the following topics:




Rules of Procedure


BWC/CONF.VIII/2 - Draft Rules of Procedures adopted at the Eighth Review Conference
(available in all six official UN languages)


Communications from the MSP and MX Chairs
  • Letters and communication from the BWC office holders relevant to the MXs will be available here.


Information for participants
    The majority of information required by participants in the Meetings of Experts can be found in the Aide Memoire, including: registration and accreditation; issuance of security badges; getting to and from the meeting; additional meetings; facilities for participants; documentation; as well as sources of additional information.

    The International Gender Champions Disarmament Impact Group has produced a "Gender and Disarmament Resource Pack" for participants in multilateral meetings. The resource pack includes basic information on gender equality and its relevance to arms control, non-proliferation and disarmament, as well as practical ideas that can support diplomats in applying a gender lens to their work.


    Registration


    All those wishing to attend the Meetings of Experts must be properly registered. Their names must be included in a note verbale or letter sent to the ISU, as described in the Aide Memoire.

    Individuals with a valid security badge issued by the United Nations Office at Geneva (i.e. Members of Permanent Missions based in Geneva) can then proceed directly to the conference rooms.

    Individuals who do not have a UNOG security badge (e.g. experts from capital etc) will need to register online and follow the process described there.

    All registration letters/note verbales should reach the Implementation Support Unit no later than 19 July 2019.

    United Nations grounds passes can be collected from the Pass and Identification Unit at the Pregny Gate of the Palais des Nations. Delegations from States and international organisations can collect their passes from 12:00 on Friday 26 July 2019. NGO representatives can collect their passes in person from 08:00 on Monday, 29 July 2019. The e-ticket and valid passport or national identification card, will have to be produced in order to collect a grounds pass.


    Joint statement from non-governmental organizations

    On 30 July 2019, a group of non-governmental organizations and individuals provided a joint NGO position paper to the Implementation Support Unit which is posted here for the information of States Parties participating in the Meetings of Experts. The position paper sets out the NGO community’s views on key action points for the 2019 Meetings of Experts.


    Side events


    Monday 29 July

    13:00 – 15:00
    • Russian Federation: International conference “Global biosecurity challenges. Problems and solutions”. Sochi, 20-21 June 2019 , Room XXIII
      Speakers:
      • Viacheslav SMOLENSKIY, Deputy Head, Rospotrebnadzor/Health Protection Agency
      • Ambassador Pankaj SHARMA, Permanent Representative of India to the Conference on Disarmament
      • Usman JADOON, Counsellor, Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN in Geneva
      • Nancy CONNELL, Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security

    Tuesday 30 July

    13:00 – 15:00

    Wednesday 31 July

    09:00 - 10:00
    • Russian Federation: Scientific Advisory Committee, Room VIII
      Speakers:
      • Konstantin VORONTSOV

    13.00 – 15.00
    • India: Emerging Landscapes of Science and Technology: New Frontiers and Challenges in Bio-threat Detection and Mitigation, Room XXIII
      Speakers:
      • Dr. Pankaj Sharma
      • Prof. Atanu Basu
      • Dr. D.T. Selvam
      • Dr. Nitin Jain

    Thursday 1 August

    [Swiss National Holiday - the Palais des Nations will be closed]


    Friday 2 August

    09:00 - 10:00
    • Russian Federation: Recent scientific findings in the sphere of biosecurity, Room XXII
      Speakers:
      • Vladimir GUSHCHIN
      • Artem TKACHUK
      • German SHIPULIN



    13.00 – 15.00
    • Max Planck Society: Going viral? Deliberately releasing GM viruses into the environment , Room XXII:
      Animation screening & panel discussion, chaired by Filippa Lentzos (King’s College London). A diverse group of panellists will discuss recent advances in developing GM viruses for deliberate release into the environment, and consider potential security, legal and moral consequences. More detail can be found here.



    Monday 5 August

    13.00 – 15.00
    • France: Platform on voluntary transparency measures, Room VIII
      Speakers:
      • Ms Amelie DELAROCHE, DPR, French Mission, moderator
      • Ms Anne KEMPPAINEN, Mission of the European Union
      • Ms Elisande NEXON, Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique
      • Dr Rhajaoui MOHAMED, Ministry of Health, Morocco

    Tuesday 6 August

    9.00 – 10.00
    13:00 - 15:00

    Wednesday 7 August

    09:00 - 10:00

    13:00 - 15:00
    • United Kingdom and British Medical Journal:The British Medical Journal's Clinical Decision Support (CDS) Training Initiative: Its Relevance for the BTWC, Room VIII
      Speakers:
      • Dr. Kieran Walsh, Clinical Director (BMJ)
      • Ms Mitali Wroczynski, Head of Strategic Partnerships, Global Health & Global Health Security (BMJ)
      • Ms Lalitha Bhagavatheeswaran, Clinical Outreach and Engagement Manager, Global Health & Global Health Security (BMJ)
      • Ms Gemma Payne, Marketing Manager, Global Health and Global Health Security (BMJ)
      • Dr. Nabil Seyidov, Deputy Head of Department for Health Policy and Planning, Public Health and Reforms Center, Ministry of Health, Azerbaijan
      • Dr. Oleksandr Linchevskyy, Deputy Minister of Health, Ukraine
    • France and Fondation pour la Recherche Stratégique: Outcome of the tabletop exercise for West African States Parties in Lome in May 2019, Room XI
      (Exercise Report: English version/French version)
      Speakers:
      • Ms. Amélie Delaroche
      • Dr. Jean Pascal Zanders
      • Dr. Ralf Trapp

    Thursday 8 August

    13:00 - 15:00
    • Johns Hopkins Center for Health Security, Nuclear Threat Initiative and Future of Humanity Institute: Powerful actor, high impact biothreats: report from an expert meeting, Room XI
      Speakers:
      • Dr. Piers Millett
      • Dr. Nancy Connell
      • Dr. Jaime Yassif


    Please note that the schedule will be updated as necessary.