VERTIC participates in the 2018 BWC Meetings of Experts

National Implementation Measures (NIM) Acting Programme Director Sonia Drobysz and Legal Officer Cédric Apercé represented VERTIC at the 2018 Biological Weapons Convention (BWC) Meetings of Experts, and related side events on 13-14 August in Geneva, Switzerland.

Monday 13 August was dedicated to “MX.3 – Strengthening National Implementation” under the chairmanship of Ambassador Julio Herráiz España of Spain. Delegates discussed measures related to Article IV of the Convention, CBM submissions, ways to promote transparency and confidence building under the Convention, the role of international cooperation and assistance under Article X, as well as export controls under Article III. At the end of the session, Cédric Apercé delivered a statement on the behalf of the NGO community.

VERTIC also participated in various side events. In particular, Sonia Drobysz provided an overview of VERTIC’s work as part of the European Union’s continued support for strengthening the BWC in a side event entitled “EU Legislative Assistance in BTWC implementation”. Cédric Apercé presented on the different approaches to national implementation in a US organised side event entitled “Different Perspectives on Strengthening National Implementation”.

VERTIC is grateful to the European Union and the United States Department of State whose financial supports made our participation in the conference possible.

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