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2019 BWC Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X



The Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X took place place from 29 to 30 July 2019, at the Palais des Nations, in Room XX.

MX1 was chaired by Ambassador Victor Dolidze of Georgia and considered the following topics:
  • Consideration of the reports of the States Parties on their full and comprehensive implementation of all provisions of Article X;
  • Review of the report by the ISU on the operation of the assistance and cooperation database established by the Seventh Review Conference and renewed by the Eighth Review Conference and consideration of its further operationalization, including measures to further strengthen the operation of the database, including in the light of BWC/MSP/2017/4;
  • Identification of challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance and exchange in the biological sciences and technology, including equipment and material, for peaceful purposes to their full potential, and possible ways and means of overcoming these;
  • Development of guidelines and procedures for mobilizing resources, including financial resources on a voluntary basis to address gaps and needs;
  • Facilitation of education, training, exchange and twinning programs and other means of developing human resources in biological sciences and technology related to implementation of the Convention, particularly in developing countries;
  • Promotion of capacity building, through international cooperation, in biosafety and biosecurity and for detecting, reporting and responding to outbreaks of infectious disease or biological weapons attacks, including in the areas of preparedness, response, and crisis management and mitigation;
  • Collaboration with international organizations and networks related to combating infectious diseases at all levels, as well as regional and sub-regional cooperation to promote implementation of all articles of the Convention.


Official documents
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.1/1 – Provisional agenda for the 2019 Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance, with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X - Submitted by the Chairperson
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.1/CRP.1 [Advance version] - Procedural Report for the 2019 Meeting of Experts on Cooperation and Assistance with a Particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X - Submitted by the Chairperson
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.1/WP.1 - Facilitating the fullest possible exchange of science and technology under Article X - Submitted by the United States of America
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.1/WP.2 - Capacity Building through International Cooperation: The British Medical Journal’s Clinical Decision Support Training Initiative - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.1/WP.3 - Institutional Mechanism for International Cooperation and Compliance with Article X - Submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Group of the Non-Aligned Movement and Other States Parties to the Biological Weapons Convention
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.1/WP.4 - Cooperation and Assistance, with a particular focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X - Submitted by the Islamic Republic of Iran
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.1/WP.5 - Report on implementation of Article X of the Biological and Toxin Weapons Convention - Submitted by the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland
  • BWC/MSP/2019/MX.1/WP.6 - Cooperation and Assistance, with a particular Focus on Strengthening Cooperation and Assistance under Article X - Submitted by the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela on behalf of the Non-Aligned Movement and other States Parties to the BWC


Presentations and statements

Agenda item 4 - Consideration of the reports of the States Parties on their full and comprehensive implementation of all provisions of Article X

Agenda item 5 - Review of the report by the ISU on the operation of the assistance and cooperation database established by the Seventh Review Conference and renewed by the Eighth Review Conference and consideration of its further operationalization, including measures to further strengthen the operation of the database, including in the light of BWC/MSP/2017/4

Agenda item 6 - Identification of challenges and obstacles to developing international cooperation, assistance and exchange in the biological sciences and technology, including equipment and material, for peaceful purposes to their full potential, and possible ways and means of overcoming these Agenda item 7 - Development of guidelines and procedures for mobilizing resources, including financial resources on a voluntary basis to address gaps and needs Agenda item 8 - Facilitation of education, training, exchange and twinning programmes and other means of developing human resources in biological sciences and technology related to implementation of the Convention, particularly in developing countries Agenda item 9 - Promotion of capacity building, through international cooperation, in biosafety and biosecurity and for detecting, reporting and responding to outbreaks of infectious disease or biological weapons attacks, including in the areas of preparedness, response, and crisis management and mitigation

Agenda item 10 - Collaboration with international organizations and networks related to combating infectious diseases at all levels, as well as regional and sub-regional cooperation to promote implementation of all articles of the Convention