VERTIC participates in workshops to implement the BWC in Burkina Faso and Benin
Burkina Faso and Benin, together with UNREC (UN Office for Disarmament Affairs through the Regional UN Centre for Peace and Disarmament in Africa) and the BWC Implementation Support Unit, organized two workshops on the national implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC). These workshops were held in Ouagadougou, Burkina Faso from 2 to 3 December 2013, and in Cotonou, Benin, from 5 to 6 December 2013. They gathered national agencies and stakeholders as well as regional and international experts in the field.
As part of the expert team, VERTIC presented on the national implementation of the BWC in the domestic legal order. The presentation in French can be found here. Both countries identified the need to draft implementing legislation for the BWC as a matter of priority. At the request of both states, VERTIC will participate in two legislative drafting workshops in 2014 to be held in Ouagadougou and Cotonou.
The workshops formed part of the BWC Action, a programme of the ‘European Union Council Decision in Support of the BWC’, which aims to support the BWC on the international, regional and national levels through three major projects, namely universality and national implementation; confidence in compliance; and strengthening international cooperation and encouraging international discussion on the future of the BWC.
The workshop was covered by a daily newspaper for Ougadougou.
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