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BioWeapons Prevention Project
Daily Reports from BWC Meetings

    In conjunction with the BioWeapons Prevention Project, Richard Guthrie has been producing daily reports from the inter-governmental meetings of the Biological Weapons Convention since 2006. To subscribe to any future updates please follow this Link.

  • 28 November - 16 December 2022 - Reports from the Ninth Review Conference (2022)
  • Note: this was originally scheduled for 2021 but was put back a year owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

      • RevCon Report #1 The Ninth BWC Review Conference:setting the scene(Monday 28 November)
      • RevCon Report #2 The opening of the Review Conference and the start of the general debate (Tuesday 29 November)
      • RevCon Report #3 The second day: the general debate and points of order (Wednesday 30 November)
      • RevCon Report #4 The third day: NGOs, MSP Chairs and the Committee of the Whole (Thursday 1 December)
      • RevCon Report #5 The Committee of the Whole continues its first reading (Friday 2 December)
      • RevCon Report #1-5 Combined file containing the first five reports
  • 4 April - 11 April 2022 - Reports from the Preparatory Committee (PrepCom) for the Ninth Review Conference (2022)
  • Note: this PrepCom was held in two sessions: 20 December 2021 and 4-11 April 2022.

      • PrepCom Report #1 The Preparatory Committee so far and a look toward the second session (Monday 4 April)
      • PrepCom Report #2 The opening day of the second session of the Preparatory Committee (Tuesday 5 April)
      • PrepCom Report #3 The start of the article-by-article review of the Convention (Wednesday 6 April)
      • PrepCom Report #4 Article VI to Article XI of the article-by-article review (Thursday 7 April)
      • PrepCom Report #5 From the article-by-article review to discussion of cross cutting issues (Friday 8 April)
      • PrepCom Report #6 BWC finances and a possible Review Conference President-designate (Monday 11 April)
      • PrepCom Report #7 The conclusion of the PrepCom and some reflections (Tuesday 19 April)
      • PrepCom Report 2022 combined reports Combined file containing all 2022 PrepCom reports
  • 22 November - 25 November 2021 - Meeting of State Parties (MSP)
  • Owing to pandemic restrictions, the 2020 MSP was delayed until 2021. Pandemic restrictions may impact upon the publication schedule, but it is hoped that the daily pattern of reporting can be maintained.

      • MSP Report #1 The 2020 Meeting of States Parties: setting the scene (Monday 22 November)
      • MSP Report #2 The opening day of the 2020 Meeting of States Parties (Tuesday 23 November)
      • MSP Report #3 The end of the general debate and consideration of MX1 and MX2 (Wednesday 24 November)
      • MSP Report #4 Consideration of the remaining Meetings of Experts (Thursday 25 November)
      • MSP Report #5 The not quite final day of the Meeting of States Parties (Friday 26 November)
      • MSP Report #6 The extra day of the Meeting of States Parties and some reflections (Friday 3 December)
      • MSP Report 2020 combined reports Combined file containing all 2020 MSP reports
  • Ninth Review Conference preview reports
  • This will be an occasional series of reports setting the scene for the Ninth BWC Review Conference and what might result from it. There will be a particular focus on how preparations in advance of the Review Conference might contribute to a successful outcome.

      • Number 1 Looking towards the Ninth BWC Review Conference and its possible outcomes (August 2021)
      • Number 2 Preparatory arrangements for the Ninth BWC Review Conference (November 2021)
  • 23 August - 10 September 2021 - Meeting of Experts (MX)
  • Owing to pandemic restrictions, the 2020 annual meetings were pushed back into 2021. In a change to usual practice, two reports will be produce for each of the five MXs -- one distributed in advance (setting the scene) and another reporting on what happened during the MX.

      • MX Report #1 MX1 on cooperation and assistance: setting the scene (Monday 23 August)
      • MX Report #2 MX2 on scientific and technological developments: setting the scene (Tuesday 24 August)
      • MX Report #3 MX3 on national implementation: setting the scene (Wednesday 25 August)
      • MX Report #4 MX4 on assistance, response and preparedness: setting the scene (Thursday 26 August)
      • MX Report #5 MX5 on institutional strengthening: setting the scene (Friday 27 August)
      • Combined file The five setting the scene reports combined
      • MX Report #6 MX1 on cooperation and assistance: a summary of the proceedings (Wednesday 01 September)
      • MX Report #7 MX2 on scientific and technological developments: summary of proceedings (Friday 03 September)
      • MX Report #8 MX3 on national implementation: a summary of the proceedings (Monday 06 September)
      • MX Report #9 MX4 on assistance, response and preparedness: summary of proceedings (Wednesday 08 September)
  • 3-6 December 2019 - Meeting of State Parties (MSP)
      • MSP Report #1 The 2019 Meeting of States Parties:setting the scene (Tuesday 3 December)
      • MSP Report #2 The opening of the 2019 BWC Meeting of States Parties (Wednesday 4 December)
      • MSP Report #3 The general debate ends and discussion of the Meetings of Experts begins (Thursday 5 December)
      • MSP Report #4 Three MXs, preparations for the Review Conference and annual reports (Friday 6 December)
  • 29 July-8 August 2019 - Meeting of Experts (MX)
      • MX Report #1 The 2019 Meetings of Experts: the second year of the new format (Monday 29 July)
      • MX Report #2 The start of the Meetings of Experts: MX1 - cooperation and assistance (Tuesday 30 July)
      • MX Report #3 Conclusion of MX1 and a look forward to MX2 - science and technology (Wednesday 31 July)
      • MX Report #4 MX2 - future developments, science advice and codes of conduct (Friday 2 August)
      • MX Report #5 The conclusion of MX2 and a look to MX3 on national implementation (Monday 5 August)
      • MX Report #6 MX3 has more substance than time, and a look to MX4 assistance and response (Tuesday 6 August)
      • MX Report #7 The first day of MX4 - challenges, guidelines and database (Wednesday 7 August)
      • MX Report #8 The closing day of MX4 and the BWC financial situation (Thursday 8 August)
      • MX Report #9 MX5 on institutional strenghtening and reflections on the series of meetings (Friday 16th August)
      • MX Report 2019 combined reports Combined file containing all 2019 MX reports
  • 4-7 December 2018 - Meeting of States Parties (MSP)
      • MSP Report #1 The 2018 Meeting of State Parties: setting the scene (Tuesday 4 December)
      • MSP Report #2 Meeting of States Parties opening day: start of the general debate (Wednesday 5 December)
      • MSP Report #3 The second day of the MSP: general debate, vice-chairs and finances (Thursday 6 December)
      • MSP Report #4 Informal Thursday: reports from the Meetings of Experts (Friday 7 December)
      • MSP Report #5 The 2018 Meeting of States Parties: conclusion and reflections (Friday 21 December)
      • MSP Report 2018 combined reports Combined file containing all 2018 MSP reports
  • 7-16 August 2018 - Meeting of Experts (MX)
      • MX Report #1 The 2018 Meetings of Experts: continuity and change (Tuesday 7 August)
      • MX Report #2 The opening of the 2018 Meetings of Experts: MX1 cooperation & assistance (Wednesday 8 August)
      • MX Report #3 The conclusion of MX1, some reflections, and a look towards MX2 (Thursday 9 August)
      • MX Report #4 MX2 - scientific developments, risk assessment and codes of conduct (Friday 10 August)
      • MX Report #5 MX2 wraps up scientific developments, look to MX3 on national implementation (Monday 13 August)
      • MX Report #6 A day of national implementation in MX3, a look toward to MX4 (Tuesday 14 August)
      • MX Report #7 First day of MX4 - assistance, response and preparedness (Wednesday 15 August)
      • MX Report #8 MX4 concludes on responses to disease, a look to MX5 (Thursday 16 August)
      • MX Report #9 MX5 on institutional strengthening and reflections on the MXs as a whole (Wednesday 22 August)
      • MX Report 2018 combined reports Combined file containing all 2018 MX reports
  • 4-14 December 2017 - Meeting of States Parties (MSP)
      • MSP Report #1 The 2017 Meeting of State Parties: setting the scene (Monday 4 December)
      • MSP Report #2 Return to Geneva: the opening of the 2017 Meeting of States Parties (Tuesday 5 December)
      • MSP Report #3 The general debate concludes, the start of exchange of views (Wednesday 6 December)
      • MSP Report #4 The BWC Financial Situation and the Start of Private Meetings (Thursday 7 December)
      • MSP Report #5 Universalization, the ISU Report and Cost Implications of Programme Options (Friday 5 December)
      • MSP Report #6 The Conclusion of the MSP, an Agreed Work Programme and Some Reflections (Thursday 14 December)
      • All MSP Reports combined in one file
  • 7-25 November 2016 - Eighth Review Conference
      • RevCon Report #1 The Eighth BWC Review Conference: setting the scene (Monday 7 November)
      • RevCon Report #2 The Conference gets underway: opening statements and Rubik's Cubes (Tuesday 8 November)
      • RevCon Report #3 The second day: some themes from the general debate (Wednesday 9 November)
      • RevCon Report #4 Conclusion of the general debate and start of the Committee of the Whole (Thursday 10 November)
      • RevCon Report #5 Committee of the Whole: first reading completed, second reading anticipated (Friday 10 November)
      • RevCon Report #6 One week completed: still much work to be done (Monday 14 November)
      • RevCon Report #7 First cross-cutting plenary: Article X and science & technology (Tuesday 15 November)
      • RevCon Report #8 Further cross-cutting plenaries: Article VII and Implementation (Wednesday 16 November)
      • RevCon Report #9 Middle day of the middle week: Halfway there? (Thursday 17 November)
      • RevCon Report #10 Committee of the Whole third reading and a draft elements text (Friday 18 November)
      • RevCon Report #11 First reactions to the draft elements, and the 'alternative BWC' (Monday 21 November)
      • RevCon Report #12 More draft elements reactions and a CoW extended beyond its natural life (Tuesday 22 November)
      • RevCon Report #13 The Eighth BWC Review Conference: waiting for the end-game (Wednesday 23 November)
      • RevCon Report #14 Entering the endgame: a new text and a new move towards consensus? (Thursday 24 November)
      • RevCon Report #15 A difficult endgame: slow movement and late-night consultations (Friday 25 November)
  • 26-27 April and 8-12 August 2016 - Preparatory Committee
  • 14-18 December 2015 - Meeting of States Parties
  • 1-5 December 2014 - Meeting of States Parties
  • 4-8 August 2014 - Meeting of Experts 
  • 9-13 December 2013 - Meeting of States Parties
  • 12-16 August 2013 - Meeting of Experts 
  • 10-14 December 2012 - Meeting of States Parties
  • 16-20 July 2012 - Meeting of Experts
  • 5-22 December 2011 - Seventh Review Conference
  • 13-15 April 2011 - Preparatory Committee
  • 6-10 December 2010 - Meeting of States Parties
  • 23-27 August 2010 - Meeting of Experts
  • 7-11 December 2009 - Meeting of States Parties
  • 24-28 August 2009 - Meeting of Experts
  • 1-5 December 2008 - Meeting of States Parties
  • 18-22 August 2008 - Meeting of Experts
  • Reports from earlier Meetings