Legislative assistance to implement the BWC

Where should my State’s legislative drafters turn for co-operative assistance?

There is no intergovernmental organisation overseeing the implementation of the BWC.

However, VERTIC offers assistance with legislative drafting for BWC obligations, remotely or in capitals, at no cost. VERTIC assesses the comprehensiveness of existing national measures, identifies gaps, and proposes approaches to fully implement the BWC, including amendments to existing legislation, a single issue law or omnibus legislation to cover several CBRN treaties and related legal instruments. For more information, please contact VERTIC’s NIM Programme.

A list of the NIM Programme’s current and recently completed assistance projects can be found here.

A BWC Implementation Support Unit (ISU) was established within the United Nations in August 2007 to provide administrative support in relation to the BWC, to receive and distribute Confidence Building Measures (CBMs) among States Parties, to promote the universalisation of the BWC, to serve as a focal point for the exchange of information on national implementation measures, and to act as a clearinghouse for assistance requests and offers.