VERTIC’s National Implementation Measures (NIM) Programme is pleased to announce that its Model Law for national implementation of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention (BWC) and related requirements under United Nations Security Council Resolution 1540 (UNSCR 1540) is now available in Arabic, Chinese, English, French, Russian and Spanish.

The Model Law is a revision of VERTIC’s 2012 Sample Act for national implementation of the BWC and related requirements of UNSCR 1540. This revision, completed under a project funded by the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, takes into account lessons learned during the NIM Programme’s work with states over the past decade, feedback from external experts, as well as the need for legislation to accommodate new advances in biological science and technology.

The Model Law is intended to provide a useful basis to draft BWC implementing legislation and can be used to draft new laws or amend existing ones. It is hoped that publishing translations of all six official UN languages will make it accessible to a wide range of countries and stakeholders.

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