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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.

More information is provided below.


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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The majority of information required by anyone taking part in the Meeting 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.


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Monday 10 August 2015

13.00- 15.00

Organised by: Switzerland with contributions from the National Academy of Sciences, the Royal Society, the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons, BioSecure and the Research Group for Biological Arms Control


Tuesday 11 August 2015

09.00-10.00:
  • Platform Technologies and Opportunities for Combatting Infectious Disease: A Discussion With Companies (Room No XXII)

Organised by: Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)


13.00- 15.00:
  • Global Health Security Agenda (Room No XXII)

Organised by: Finland

Presentation on Global Health Security Agenda (GHSA) by Simo Nikkari
Presentation on GHSA Action Packages and Pilot Country Assessments by Simo Nikkari
Presentation on Experience with GHSA Self and External Assessments by Melissa Dahlke
Presentation on Kenya Denmark Biosecurity Partnership by Hellen Kabiru and Mia Kjems Drægert
Presentation on Strengthening Health and Biosecurity in Tanzania by Biodetection Capacity Building by Furaha Mramba and Anna Katz


Organised by: The Netherlands and the UK

Presentation on Enhancing Biosecurity Education: BioSecurity Textbook by Tatyana Novossiolova
Presentation on Gain-of-Function Debate A disputed Testcase for Biosecurity policy by Koos van der Bruggen
Presentation on Biosecurity in Denmark by Morten Madsen
Presentation on Biosecurity Policy and Practice: Contributions from Scientific Organizations by Jo L. Husbands

18.00-19.00:
  • Strengthening the BWC and improving its implementation: resuming negotiations in that regard in 2017 (Room No XXIII)

Proposal by the Russian Federation for inclusion in the report of the Eighth Review Conference of the Biological Weapons Convention

Organised by: Russian Federation


Wednesday 12 August 2015

09.00- 10.00:
  • Use of Microbial Forensics in Attribution Decision Making (The Science-Policy Interface)
(Room XXII)

Organised by: Federation of American Scientists (FAS)

Presentation on Science Supporting Attribution in the BWC Context by Dr. Randall S. Murch
Presentation on Attribution Use of Microbial Forensics in Cases Involving Illicit Programs an/ or Use by Christopher A Bidwell and Dr Randall S. Murch


13.00- 15.00:

Organised by: The USA and the Netherlands

Presentation on National Measures to Address Dual Use Research in the United States by Susan Coller Monarez

Organised by: UNIDIR and France

Presentation on The Secretary-General’s Mechanism for Investigation of Alleged Use of Chemical, Biological or Toxin Weapons by Nikita Smidovich
Presentation on UNSGM Training Course in France 7-19 June 2015 by Col Nicholas Coussière
Presentation on Towards a UNSGM Biological Analysis Network by Anna- Lena Johansson
Presentation on UNSGMN Designated Laboratories by Dr Cédric Invernizzi

Thursday 13 August 2015

13.00-15.00:

Organised by: The Netherlands

The movie on Biosecurity shown during the side event is available here

Presentation on The Dutch bottom-up approach in raising biosecurity awareness: how to reach professionals, students and amateurs? by Rik Bleijs
Presentation on Raising biosecurity awareness among professionals by SaskiaRutjes
Presentation on Synthetic biology and biosecurity awareness by Cecile van der Vlugt
Presentation on Biosecurity self-assessment toolkit and vulnerability assay by Harold van der Berg

  • Global Health Security Agenda- Action Package Meeting: Multisectoral Rapid Response on MERS Outbreak in Korea. (Room - XXIII)

Organised by : Republic of Korea

Presentation on Multisectoral Rapid Response Action Package by Dr. Chaeshin Chu
Presentation on Epidemiological characteristics and multi-sectoral countermeasures of MERS-CoV Outbreak in Korea by Dr. Chaeshin Chu


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