VERTIC BWC Legislation Report now available in English, French, Russian and Spanish

VERTIC's "Biological Weapons Convention Report on National Implementing Legislation" is now available in English, French, Russian and Spanish. The report draws on VERTIC’s legislative analysis and assistance experience to provide a snapshot of the current status of Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) implementing legislation and identify some implementation trends. It provides an assessment of the status of BWC States Parties’ national implementing legislation, adopted pursuant to Articles III and IV of the Convention, and related provisions in UN Security Council Resolution 1540 (2004), at the occasion of the Eighth BWC Review Conference and serves as a baseline analysis against which progress may be measured in the next BWC intersessional process. 

On 22 November, Scott Spence, Programme Director for National Implementation at VERTIC, presented the report at a side event during the BWC Review Conference chaired by H.E. Mr Henk Cor van der Kwast, Permanent Representative of the Netherlands to the Conference on Disarmament in Geneva and Disarmament Ambassador at Large. The report was funded by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Scott also introduced VERTIC’s new online Legislative Drafting Assistant tool, a user-friendly, internet-based tool aimed to support States to develop a draft bill for implementation of the BWC and related provisions of UNSCR 1540. The online tool is now accessible from VERTIC’s website and available in English and French.

For more information about the VERTIC's NIM Programme, please click here or contact Scott Spence


Last changed: Dec 14 2016 at 12:31 PM