VERTIC participates in the Meeting of States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention
VERTIC's Senior Legal Officer, Scott Spence, and Legal Officer, Bilqees Esmail, represented VERTIC at this year's Meeting of the States Parties to the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention during 9-13 December in Geneva, Switzerland.
The week's agenda included discussions of co-operation 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; strengthening national implementation; how to enable fuller participation in the CBMs; and progress with universalization of the Convention.
As part of established practice for several years, NGOs were given the opportunity to speak Monday morning regarding standing agenda items or biennial items. Though VERTIC was unable to fully give its statement due to time constraints, it is available here. VERTIC was also given the opportunity Wednesday morning, on an exceptional basis and without setting precedent for future meetings, to speak from the plenary floor at an informal session to discuss the Standing Agenda Item on National Implementation. That statement is available here.
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