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INTERNATIONAL WORKSHOPS ON COOPERATION AND ASSISTANCE UNDER ARTICLE X OF THE BIOLOGICAL WEAPONS CONVENTION



First event, 22 June 2018, Hotel Beau-Rivage, Geneva

On 22 June 2018, the Government of Norway and the BWC Implementation Support Unit co-organized an international workshop on cooperation and assistance under Article X of the Biological Weapons Convention. The workshop was primarily intended for disarmament experts from Permanent Missions in Geneva and was held at Hotel Beau Rivage in Geneva. Over 50 delegates and experts took part in the event.

The workshop served as a platform for comprehensive and cross-regional dialogue on "Cooperation and assistance, with a particular focus on strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X". This topic is also the subject of the first BWC Meeting of Experts which will take place in Geneva from 7 to 8 August 2018 chaired by Ambassador Maria Theresa Almojuela of the Philippines.

The workshop stimulated discussions and will contribute to recommendations for the Meeting of Experts in August. Furthermore, the workshop also explored the links between the BWC and the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda. The invitation letter, speakers' information booklet, detailed programme for the workshop and the presentations are available below.


Session I: Assistance and cooperation under the BWC

Moderator: Hana Cervenka, First Secretary, Permanent Mission of Norway in Geneva

09:00 - 09:15 Workshop Opening (Trude Skjerve Johnson, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway)

09:15 - 09:45 The evolution of Article X of the BWC (James Revill, Research Fellow, University of Sussex)

09:45 - 10:15 The Biological Weapons Convention and Article X implementation: An introductory overview (Daniel Feakes, Chief BWC ISU)

10:15 - 10:45 Coffee break

Session II: Building capacities at the national, regional and global level

Moderator: Ngoc Phuong van der Blij, Political Affairs Officer, BWC ISU

10:45 – 11:15 Harnessing frontier technologies for sustainable development (Angel González Sanz, Chief, Science, Technology and ICT Branch, Division on Technology and Logistics, UNCTAD)

11:15 – 11:45 Role and Importance of education and awareness in the implementation of the Biological Weapons Convention: Moroccan Experience (Fatima Lamchouri, Professor at the Polydisciplinary Faculty of Taza, Sidi Mohamed Ben Abdellah University of Fez, Morocco)

11:45 – 12:15 Developing human resources in biological sciences and technology related to implementation of the BWC (Jean Pascal Zanders, Chairman, Advisory Board on Education and Outreach, OPCW)

12:15 – 13:15 Lunch

Session III: International collaboration at the health-security interface

Moderator: Trude Skjerve Johnson, Senior Adviser, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Norway

13:15 - 14:15 Promotion of capacity building, through international cooperation, in biosafety and biosecurity to enhance preparedness and response capacities to outbreaks of infectious disease or biological weapons attacks (Arne Broch Brantsaeter, Senior Consultant, Norwegian National Unit for CBRNE Medicine, Oslo University Hospital and Anna Agnieszka, Norwegian Defence Research Establishment)

14:15 - 14:45 Building innovative partnerships between public, private, philanthropic and civil organisations to enhance epidemic preparedness (Gro Anett Nicolaysen, Resource Mobilisation Lead, CEPI)

14:45 - 15:15 An Innovative Partnership for Pandemic Preparedness (Anne Huvos, Manager, WHO PIP Framework Secretariat, WHO)

Session IV: Challenges and opportunities for international cooperation and assistance

Moderator: Hermann Alex Lampalzer, Political Affairs Officer, BWC ISU

15:15 - 15:45 The International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology: At the intersection between research and cooperation (Alessandro Marcello, Group Leader, Molecular Virology, ICGEB)

15:45 - 16:15 Biotechnology in developing countries (Li Yin, DDG of the international cooperation department of the Chinese Academy of Sciences)

16:15 - 16:45 Coffee break

Session V: Considerations for the way ahead

Moderator: Daniel Feakes, Chief BWC ISU

16:45 - 17:00 General comments from participants

17:00 - 17:15 Strengthening cooperation and assistance under Article X (Maria Teresa Almojuela, Ambassador of the Philippines, and Chairperson of the Meeting of Experts 1)

17:15- 17:30 Workshop Closure



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