VERTIC is pleased to invite you to a side-event to the Third Meeting of the Working Group on the Strengthening of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention, presenting our activities in support of legislative implementation of the BWC.

The event will present our work on implementation and universalisation of the BWC, including highlighting a report addressing BWC-related misconceptions. We will also demonstrate practical examples of states’ experiences of working with us on legislative implementation.

Title: Supporting the legislative implementation of the BWC

Date: Friday 8 December 2023

Time: 09:00 – 09:55 CEST, a light breakfast provided

Location: Room XXII, Palais de Nations, Geneva

Draft Agenda:

09:00 – 09:05– Welcome by moderator

09:05 – 09:10 – Welcome Remarks
Larry MacFaul, Executive Director, VERTIC

09:10 – 09:15 Introductory Remarks
Representative from the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office

09:15-09:30 Overview of VERTIC’s activities in support of legislative implementation of the BWC
Thomas Brown, Legal Officer, VERTIC and Roel Walravens, Researcher, VERTIC

09:30-09:40 Legislative implementation of the BWC in Sierra Leone
Mr Mustapha Sannoh, CBRN National Focal Point, Sierra Leone

09:40-09:55 Q&A

For additional information about the event, please email Thomas Brown ( or Roel Walravens (